19:05 GMT 11 May 2017
It’s the second-leg of the UEFA Europa League semi-final between Lyon and Ajax at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais where Ajax take a healthy lead from the first-leg. The visitors won the first-leg comprehensively at the newly-named Johan Cruijff ArenA 4-1 with goals from Bertrand Traore (2), Kasper Dolberg and Amin Younes along with a Mathieu Valbuena consolation goal for Lyon. It will take a big effort from Lyon to see them through to the final.
Lyon have never beaten Ajax in 5 attempts as they have lost 3 and drawn 2. A loss will see them crash out of the Europa League at the penultimate hurdle and with only 2 goals against Ajax in 5 games, it looks like that will be their fate on Thursday evening.
Head to head matches: Olympique Lyon - Ajax Amsterdam
|03.05.2017||UEFA||Ajax Amsterdam||Olympique Lyon||4:1|
It will need one of the greatest comebacks in European football history for Lyon to come back from a 4-1 deficit but they have the best chance they could have with a fully available team. They will need every member of the team to have the game of their lives on their own patch but will struggle against such a good, young Ajax side.
Latest matches: Olympique Lyon
|07.05.2017||Ligu||Olympique Lyon||FC Nantes||3:2||W|
|03.05.2017||UEFA||Ajax Amsterdam||Olympique Lyon||4:1||L|
|28.04.2017||Ligu||SCO Angers||Olympique Lyon||1:2||W|
|23.04.2017||Ligu||Olympique Lyon||AS Monaco||1:2||L|
|20.04.2017||UEFA||Besiktas JK||Olympique Lyon||8:8||D|
With one of the youngest squads in European football, Ajax aren’t short of energy in their team but are definitely short of big game experience. With such a good lead from the first-leg, this shouldn’t be a huge factor and they should have no problems making it into the final. With no absentees, it should be easy for them to confirm their place in the final.
Latest matches: Ajax Amsterdam
|07.05.2017||Ered||Ajax Amsterdam||Go Ahead Eagles||4:0||W|
|03.05.2017||UEFA||Ajax Amsterdam||Olympique Lyon||4:1||W|
|23.04.2017||Ered||PSV Eindhoven||Ajax Amsterdam||1:0||L|
|20.04.2017||UEFA||FC Schalke 04||Ajax Amsterdam||3:2||L|
|16.04.2017||Ered||Ajax Amsterdam||SC Heerenveen||5:1||W|
With a 3-goal lead going into the second-leg, it will be a massive surprise if Ajax don’t actually make it into the Europa League final. Although Lyon are probably favourites for a win on the night, it’s definitely Ajax who are favourites to progress to the final. It would take a miracle for Lyon to pull back the huge deficit in this second-leg and another goal for Ajax will kill off the tie completely.
11 May 2017 - 19:05 GMT
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