Coming to the Europa League semi-final will require everything from Schalke 04. The German side need to reverse their 2-0 defeat at the Amsterdam Arena and Weinzierl’s team are going through a difficult phase. At the weekend he lost at home to the Bundesliga’s last-place finisher, paying the price for the many savings in the lineup. On the other side, Ajax are up, with a loss in the last nineteen games and another one on Easter Sunday.
Schalke 04 – Ajax: WHAT TO EXPECT?
Since qualifying for these quarter-finals, beating Borussia Monchengladbach (1-1 at home and 2-2 away) Schalke 04 has been the finished image of unpredictability. Six games in all competitions: two wins, one draw and three defeats. The team led by Markus Weinzierl is in eleventh position in the Bundesliga, thus a kind of no man’s land, five points from the fight for maintenance and four of European places. The squad has to make up for a considerable amount of absences from injury – Embolo, Baba Rahman, Naldo and Aogo are the ones who remain – which may help explain this inconsistency of views. Obviously, this bad phase arrives at the worst possible time when Shalke is in a position to redeem a little spectacular time.
The Ajax made a full show in the first leg and were not the truly inspired night of Fahrmann could travel to German with a more extended result. Davy Klaassen doubled – the first half in the first half, a penalty; The second at the start of the second half – but a few bids from Bertrand Traoré and Amim Younes deserved a better finish. In his nineteen games in 2017 Peter Bosz’s side lost only once (15V / 3E / 1D) in Copenhagen (2-1) to an opponent who had fallen out of the Champions League. And over the weekend, between the two legs of the Europa League quarter-finals, Ajax added another thrashing with a handful of goals over Heerenveen (5-1) at the Amsterdam Arena.
Schalke 04 – Ajax: DIRECT MEETINGS
The only confrontation in Europe Cup between this two teams was the first leg, won convincingly by the Dutch.
13.04.17 Ajax vs Schalke 2 : 0
Besides that game there is also a friendly game played two years ago.
10.01.15 Schalke vs Ajax 0 : 2
Schalke 04 – Ajax: WHO WILL WIN THE MATCH?
With two points clear and in excellent shape, Ajax are back to the semi-finals of a European competition, which has not happened for two decades. The last participation of the sort was in 1997, in the Champions League. The only limitation in the Dutch squad is Daley Sinkgraven, who is in doubt.
It seems like at this match Ajax it is possible to leave unbeaten, but for them more will count more the qualification, not necessarily to get here a success.
Schalke will try to attack, because it’s their only chance, so Ajax is waiting for the attack being in the shelter of the 2 goals.
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