Standard vs Ajax by Meese
Standard managed to take important point away to Celta Vigo last time out in Europa League and all now the team from Belgium needs is a victory over indifferent Ajax that already secured the first position. Spanirds took the lead in eight minute with a goal from Aspas, however they didn't look much interested into the game and were passive for the rest of it.
On the other side, players of Standard were more concrete and as the time passed, more and more dangerous in front of opponents goal. In the end, they were awarded for the fighting spirit, leveling up the result and taking a point thanks to a goal from Laifis ten minutes before the full time whistle. Now they share the same number of points as Celta and need to obtain a victory, or could progress with a draw too, but only in case Spanish side also draws their game.
During the weekend, they won over Waregem 4:1, improving the atmosphere further and reaching the seven position at the table for now. Midfielder Mathieu Dossevi (11/0) is out with a groin injury.
Ajax, on the other side, took comfortable 2:0 victory in previous Europa League over Greek side Panathinaikos at home and secured the first position in the group with a record of four victories so far and a draw (only one against Celta on the road in third round). No matter what, the Dutch team will end up as first at the table and are expected to rotate the squad a bit for this one.
Schone at the end of first halftime and Tete early in second secured the victory for Ajax in quite uninteresting game where both teams behave quite passively but Ajax did what was what need in order to obtain a victory and have controlled the ball much more. They come from a 2:0 home victory over Groningen, continuing to lead the table with Feyenoord and are awaiting important away game against Twente in a few days. Midfielder Daley Sinkgraven (13/1) is injured, as well as talented forward Bertrand Traore (13/4).
For me, it's all about competitive motive for this one. Standard needs to get a victory and should be able to take it against most likely quite a rotated squad of Ajax.