Ajax vs Schalke by Isaiah
Ajax comes from third consecutive victory in Eredivisie, as the team is again in the title race coming from a 5:1 victory away from home against NEC Nijmegen last weekend. Visitors from Amsterdam took the game very importantly and had entered the game very well, taking the double lead within first eight minutes via an own goal and Neres.
Traore wrote 3:0 in 32nd minute, with Kadioglu scoring a goal for the home team in 54th minute, while the visitors remained better on the field and scored twice more, again via Traore and Ziyech. The team is now having just a point less than first placed Feyenoord, having also four points more than third placed PSV which surely remains kind of a priority for them.
Hosts will be playing in 4-3-3 formation with Younes and Traore as wingers, plus Dolberg most likely as central striker. Offensive midfielder Lasse Schone (25/7) is suspended for this one, while striker Kasper Dolberg has some problems and didn't feature during the previous weekend, but is expected to recover on time for this one.
Schalke, on the other side, improved a lot in previous game, as the team won 4:1 in front of own fans against Wolfsburg last weekend. Their players entered the match really strongly and took the double lead after twenty minutes or something, thanks to goals from Burgstaller and Goretzka.
Caligiuri and Burgstaller scored two more goals inside the second halftime, with Gomez reducing the deficit in 79th minute from a penalty kick, in one of rare chances for visiting side. This victory came after defeat to Werder Bremen and a draw at home against Dortmund, as the side now stands at tenth position at the moment, being four points below the Europa League placed Freiburg.
Visitors are set to play in their usual 4-2-3-1 formation, using Burgstaller most likely as central striker, but also with Caligiuri, Goretzka and Choupo-Motig as offensive midfielders. They have no fresh injury concerns for this trip, since the team continues to miss left full back Abdul Rahman Baba (13/0), central defender Naldo (18/1), midfielder Dennis Aogo (5/0) and forward Breel Embolo (7/2).
- Ajax are undefeated in 12 of their last 13 matches (UEFA Europa League).
Ajax is looking good in previous matches in Europa League especially at home and the team knows that they can't wait for much here. Schalke will be really dangerous in attack, so I see the game being very open minded and attack from the first minute.