Ajax vs Copenhagen by Meese
Ajax stepped up into the first leg match against Copenhagen away from home in a terrible way, as they conceded the goal in the first minute, but then managed to repsond well and reached the equalizer in 32nd minute with a goal from Dolberg. Visiting side remained better during the match, but the Danish also had their own chances, reaching the victory with a goal in the second halftime.
Ajax remained better in last thirty minutes, but without making really concrete chances and changing the scoreline. With this result, there's no doubt that the team will need to attack from the start and search for a victory - convincing one in order to progress without further problems towards the end of the game. As for the domestic league, Ajax won over Twente 3:0 last weekend, still being in a title race with four points less than first placed Feyenoord with eight rounds till the end.
Suspended for this game is important offensive midfielder Danny Klaasen (25/12), while injured remains not that important forward Pelle Clement who anyway didn't play so far much.
Copenhagen weren't a lot better than the Dutch side in the first leg, but still managed to reach the victory with goals from Falk in first minute and Cornelius in 60th minute and now will have to present themselves in a really good performance as they generally need to remain undefeated or to lose with a one goal difference and goals scored in this one.
As for the domestic league, Copenhagen remains first at the table and are red hot favorites to win the title again, as they remained with twelve points more than second placed Brondby, coming from 2:0 victory at home against Esbjerg. They were way better than the opponent and dominated from the first minute, but only scored their goals once they increased the tempo in the second halftime, via Santander in 54th and Cornelius four minutes later.
Visitors will be missing important central defender Zanka (23/0) due suspension, while injured are midfielder Nikolaj Thomsen (no performance so far) and forward Danny Amankwaa (5/0).
Copenhagen can't afford to play this match in a defensive way simply since they need a victory here against a very difficult opponent. On the other side, I don't see Ajax defensive either, since there's no need for them to get the match complicated and wait for the time to pass in front of own audience. This game should reach three goals way before it's final phase.