Schalke vs Ajax Match Preview
Last week Schalke travelled to Amsterdam to play the first leg of the Europa League Quarter finals. In the 13th minute the first major chance came for Ajax as a terrific long range effort by Van de Beek was stopped by Fahrman.
The deadlock was broken soon as Schopf fouled Amin Younes and a penalty was awarded to Ajax. Klaassen took the penalty and scored and Ajax took the lead in the 23rd minute. A few minutes later Klaassen got another opportunity to double the score but unfortunately it hit the bar.
After that another opportunity came as Klaassen took advantage of the space given by the Schalke defenders and scored his second goal to make it 2:0 and make the tie in Ajax’s favour, crushing the hopes of Schalke for a place in the Europa League Semi Finals.
Ajax travel to Gelsenkirchen this week to take on Schalke in the second leg of the Quarter Finals and would be confident with a comfortable first leg lead but Schalke hv lost only one of their last 10 European games at home which makes it tough for Ajax.
Date: 20th April and 21st April for Eastern Countries like Japan, India, Australia, etc
Timings: 9:05PM(Local Time), 8:05PM(UK Time), 8:05AM(American Time), 12:35AM(IST), 4:05AM(Japanese Time)
Telecast: Bein Sports Max, Ten 1, Sky Sports 1 HD, Movistar+, BT Sports 1, Fox Sports GO
Live Stream: livefootballsite.com
Schalke is suffering from a serious injury crisis. They will be without their forwards Klass Jan Huntelaar (Abdominal Influenza) and Breel Embolo (Ankle injury) and defenders Naldo (Muscle partial avulsion), Benedikt Howedes (Calf Problems) and Saed Kolasinac (Adductor problems). Thilo Kehrer saw his third yellow card in Amsterdam which will lead to him missing the second leg in Gelsenkirchen. A threat for the opposition defense will be their winter signing Guido Burgstaller who has scored 2 goals in his last 4 europa league matches and 6 goals in the league alongwith Alessandro Schopf and Yevhen Konoplyanka.
Predicted eleven: Fahrman, Riether, Badstuber, Nastasic, Aogo, Goretzka, Bentaleb, Caligiuri, Meyer, Schopf, Burgstaller
A threat for the Schalke defense will be Kasper Dolberg along with Davy Klaassen who r both favourites to start in the second leg. Dolberg has scored 4 goals in the Europa League this season and Klassen has scored 2 goals in the first leg in Amsterdam and both would be looking to get on the score sheet in Germany. Another threat will be Lasse Schone and Hakim Ziyech who may also be in the starting line up. Ziyech has 11 assists to his name in the league along with 7 goals and 2 goals in the Europa League.
Predicted eleven: Onana, Veltman, Sanchez, De Ligt, Viergever, Klaassen, Schone, Ziyech, David Neres, Dolberg, Younes
Last 5 Matches all Competition
Schalke 04: DLWLL
- Schalke 1:1 Borussia Dortmund
- Werder Bremen 3:0 Schalke
- Schalke 4:1 Wolfsburg
- Ajax 2:0 Schalke
- Darmstadt 2:1 Schalke
Ajax Amsterdam: WWWWW
- Ajax 2:1 Feyenoord
- Ajax 4:1 AZ
- NEC 1:5 Ajax
- Ajax 2:0 Schalke
- Ajax 5:1 Heerenveen
- Schalke have never lost against Dutch opposition at home.
- Ajax have won only 6 of their last 16 matches on German soil.
- Schalke have won their 3 previous home games against Dutch sides by three goals.
- Schalke last reached the semi finals in a European competition in 2011 beating Inter in the
- Quarters but unfortunately lost to Manchester United in the semis.
- Last time Ajax reached a European Quarterfinals was in 2003 but unfortunately they were knocked out by AC Milan.