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Ajax is going head to head with Aston Villa starting on 7 Mar 2024 at 17:45 UTC at Johan Cruijff ArenA stadium, Amsterdam city, Netherlands. The match is a part of the UEFA Europa Conference League,


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Aston Villa will face Ajax in the UEFA Europa Conference League’s Last 16 stage in arguably the standout tie in Europe’s third-tier competition’s knockout rounds. Villa are flying high in the Premier League and on track to qualify for next season’s Champions League, while Dutch giants Ajax boast years of European class. Unai Emery’s side have carried on from where they left off last season and surpassed all expectations following their seventh-placed finish in the Premier League last time out, despite the Spaniard taking over a club that was 16th and appearing to be on the verge of relegation. Three wins in a row have seen the West Midlands side consolidate their place in the Premier League’s top four, where they sit with a five-point cushion ahead of fifth-placed Tottenham. After progressing through the group stage seamlessly, the Villans could have done with an easier Last 16 tie. Having said that, Ajax are nowhere near the force they previously were. While they have recovered after finding themselves at the bottom end of the division and dumped out of the UEFA Europa League not so long ago, they are still only fifth in Eredivisie following their 2-0 victory over Utrecht over the weekend, 27 points behind leaders PSV. The Hard Tackle takes a closer look at the encounter ahead of the latest meeting between the two sides. Team News & Tactics Ajax With Anton Gaaei out injured, Van’t Schip could persist with the unusual defensive 5-4-1 shape that proved effective against FC Utrecht over the weekend. Ahmetcan Kaplan made his first Eredivisie start of the season at the heart of the back-three against Utercht. He could keep his place alongside Devyne Rensch and Jorrel Hato. The trio will protect the in-demand Diant Ramaj, whose exploits are attracting interest from the Premier League. Jordan Henderson returned to midfield after not featuring since February 18 in that game. But more attack-minded players like Carlos Forbs and Chuba Akpom had to make do with substitute appearances. With Steven Bergwijn sidelined through injury and Josip Sutalo serving a ban, Brian Brobbey will lead the line for Ajax against Aston Villa. Aston Villa The hosts are guaranteed to be without the services of as many as five injured players: Boubacar Kamara (knee), Tyrone Mings (knee), Emiliano Buendia (knee), Jhon Duran (hamstring), and Diego Carlos (thigh). Emiliano Martinez will start in goal. Matty Cash will be looking over his shoulder with Ezri Konsa back in the matchday squad. For now, though, the Poland international will probably keep his place, whereas Lucas Digne could come in for a start on the opposite flank, as Alex Moreno has been rather inconsistent of late. Pau Torres returned to the matchday squad on Saturday but did not play. That benching was probably with Thursday’s clash in mind. He should start this one alongside Konsa, with Clement Lenglet set to be benched. John McGinn is filling in the deep-lying midfield role in Kamara’s absence, with Douglas Luiz, Youri Tielemans, and Leon Bailey all featuring in the midfield quartet. With Jacob Ramsey picking up an injury against Luton Town, Moussa Diaby could be reinstated to the Villa starting lineup in close proximity to Ollie Watkins. With 26 direct contributions under his belt in the Premier League already this season, the England Euro 2024 hopeful is primed to spearhead the Aston Villa attack against Ajax on Thursday. The English striker bagged his 20th and 21st goals of the season against Luton Town on Saturday. Of all Premier League players, only Erling Haaland has scored more this season. He has transformed himself into a multifaceted offensive weapon for the Villains. While his speed and runs behind the defence remain key assets, his repertoire to bring other attackers into play has stood out this season. The freedom Watkins enjoys to roam, which allows him to exploit space in transition, could pose real problems for a shaky Ajax backline. Prediction Ajax 1-2 Aston Villa Ajax are heavyweights in the global game, yet Aston Villa will enter the contest as favourites among many given their form in the Premier League. In fact, Villa are the favourites to win the competition, helped by manager Unai Emery, who has won the UEFA Europa League three times previously with Sevilla. It would be unwise to write off the Dutch heavyweights at first glance. Over two legs, though, with the second to be played on home soil, this is a tie Villa will enter full of confidence, and could come away with a narrow first-leg advantage here. If a match between Ajax and Aston Villa were taking place 30 years ago, it would be between two clubs who had both won the European Cup within the previous decade or so. A tie in the Europa Conference League obviously does not carry the same weight, but Aston Villa are favourites on gambling sites to win the tournament under European expert Unai Emery. Ajax, meanwhile, are sixth in the outright market but will rapidly move up if they can knock out the one Premier League side in the competition. Not only are Villa expected to reach the next round, but football betting sites believe they will win at the Johan Cruyff Arena on Thursday evening (5:45pm, TNT Sports). Football history would suggest it would be crazy for Ajax not to be favourites, but they are having a poor campaign. Ajax vs Aston Villa tip: Amsterdammers underrated by the bookies The Dutch side are currently fifth in the Eredivisie but were bottom as recently as November. For context, you must go back to 2005/06 for the last time they finished as low as fourth, and they have won the title seven times since then. By contrast, Villa are flying. They are well placed to finish fourth in the Premier League, a mark they last reached in 1995/96, with betting sites making them odds-on to secure Champions League qualification in the top four odds. Their pursuit of this goal may affect Emery’s team selection here, as his side hosts fifth-placed Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday lunchtime and would extend their lead over them to eight points with a win. Even though there is nothing relevant in terms of a head-to-head record – Villa won the one previous meeting in 2008/09 – there is a strong point of reference. Ajax were in the same Europa League group as Brighton prior to dropping down into this competition and lost both matches 2-0. Even if the scorelines flattered the Seagulls, the combined expected goal score was 2.3 versus 0.9 in their favour across the two meetings. However, the second of those games was only Ajax’s third under current manager John van 't Schip. During his time in charge, only PSV Eindhoven have amassed more Eredivisie points, only they and Feyenoord more on a per-game basis. The Brighton loss was their last home defeat too. Ajax’s nine match unbeaten run on home turf includes a 1-1 draw with PSV, the only Dutch side who are comparable to Villa in Opta’s team rankings (19th compared to 13th). The visitors here only won one of their away games in the Conference League group stage, and while it occurred in the Netherlands at AZ Alkmaar, Ajax can avoid defeat against a somewhat-distracted and possibly understrength Villa side. Goals at both ends The only previous clash of Aston Villa and Ajax ended in a 2-1 home win, and whether we get a repeat here or not, it’s reasonable to expect a similar level of goal scoring. Villa are joint-second in the Premier League this season for matches in which there were at least three goals and both teams scored, with it occurring in 17 of their 27 matches. It has been the outcome in six of their last eight on the road, and one of the exceptions still saw five goals. It has been a similar story in Europe. A bet on both teams scoring and over 2.5 goals on betting apps paid out in four of six group stage games, with their trip to Zrinjski Mostar only just falling short by ending in a 1-1 draw. While not as successful so often for Ajax in Europe, it paid out in their home match with Bodo/Glimt in the previous round. Three-quarters of their Eredivisie matches have seen both teams score and a higher proportion saw three-or-more goals. This game could be a classic. AFC Ajax Amsterdam hosts Aston Villa in the Europa Conference League Round of 16 this Thursday. The legendary Dutch side are enduring a torrid season in the Eredivisie. Aston Villa are having an outstanding season in the Premier League and are also the favourites to win the Europa Conference League. Aston Villa travel to Amsterdam on Thursday for the first leg of their Europa Conference League knock-out tie against Ajax. 2023/24 has been a fantastic campaign for Unai Emery's side, who are on course to finish in the Premier League top four and topped Group E to secure direct passage to the round of 16. This may be Villa's first season back in Europe in more than a decade, but they're the favourites to win the 2023/24 Europa Conference League and are led by the right coach in Emery, who is a four-time Europa League winner. It's been a hugely disappointing season for Ajax, meanwhile, as the Eredivisie side are 27 points off the summit of the table in the Dutch top tier and dropped out of the Europa League after finishing third in their group. They have been much improved under interim boss John van 't Schip and beat FK Bodø/Glimt in the play-off round, but the visitors will still fancy their chances of taking a lead back to Villa Park. When is Ajax v Aston Villa? Ajax v Aston Villa will take place on Thursday 7th March 2024. Check out our live football on TV guide for the latest times and information. Ajax v Aston Villa kick-off time Ajax v Aston Villa will kick off at 5:45pm. What TV channel is Ajax v Aston Villa on? The game will be shown live on TNT Sports 3 from 5pm. There are multiple ways to get TNT Sports. If you already have BT Broadband, you can add TNT Sports to your existing contract from just £18 per month. You can add the ‘Big Sport’ package for £40 per month which includes all TNT Sports and 11 Sky Sports channels via a NOW pass.

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