TWO European powerhouses are going head-to-head in the Europa League as Ajax host Roma.
The Dutch giants saw off Young Boys in the last round to reach the quarter-finals and haven't lost a competitive game since December 9.
Roma meanwhile beat Shakhtar to reach the last eight but have struggled on the road this term, losing four of their last 10 away matches.
What time does Ajax vs Roma kick off?
- The first-leg of this quarter final will be held on Thursday, April 8 – TONIGHT.
- Kick-off is at 8pm BST.
- You can follow all the action with our live blog right here from 6.45pm.
What TV channel is Ajax vs Roma on and can I live stream it?
You can catch all the action live on BT Sport 3.
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How can I watch for free?
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- At the end of the three months you will automatically roll onto the £15 per month subscription unless cancelled.
What is the team news?
Roma will be without Stephan El Shaawrawy as he has a thigh injury to recover from
Marash Kumbulla is has a problem with the meniscus in his knee and could miss the rest of the season for Roma.
Chris Smalling will likely play in defence alongside Roger Ibanez.
Martin Stekelenburg is struggling with a knee injury and may not start for Ajax, who are also without Daley Blind.
- Ajax to win – evens
- Draw – 13/5
- Roma victory – 12/5
*All odds from Paddy Power and correct at time of publication.
- James Orr
AJAX STARTING XI
Looks like Erik Ten Hag has gone for a 4-2-3-1 tonight:
16. Scherpen, 2. Timber, 4. Alvarez, 6. Klaassen, 7. Neres, 8. Gravenberch, 10. Tadic, 15. Rensch, 21. Martinez, 31. Tagliafico, 39. Antony
- James Orr
AJAX V ROMA
- James Orr
Welcome to our live blog of Ajax v Roma
Dutch champions Ajax host Roma in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final at the Johan Cruyff Arena tonight.
The Dutch side are seeking a record equalling 11th successive home win in this competition, whilst Roma have won all four of their fixtures in this year’s knockout phase.
Ajax are 11 points clear at the top of the Eredivise and are unbeaten in their last 24 games in all competitions. Roma are 7th in Serie A and drew 2-2 with Sassuolo last weekend, this is their first quarter final appearance in this competition.
Daley Blind and Noussair Mazraoui are unlikely to feature tonight for the home side due to injury.
Goalkeeper Andre Onana is unavailable after he was suspended for 12 months by UEFA’s disciplinary body for a doping violation. And former West Ham striker Sebastien Haller also will not feature after he was mistakenly left out of Ajax’s Europa League squad due to an administrative error.
Roma quartet Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Marash Kumbulla, Nicolo Zaniolo and Chris Smalling will all miss tonight’s clash through injury.
Stephan El Shaarawy has also been ruled out of both quarter final ties after suffering a thigh injury during Roma’s draw with Sassuolo last weekend.
Dutch international Rick Karsdorp also misses out through suspension.
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