The players of Lille and Ajax will be playing in the sixteenth final of the Europa League. The first match is played at the Pierre Moreau Stadium in France (21.00). Both teams are at the top of the national championships and are in great shape waiting for the fight for the 1/8th finals Lille finished the group stage of the Europa League in second place in Group H, behind Milan, with 11 points.
They suffered one defeat (Celtic, 2: 3) and drew with Celtic (2: 2) and the Rossoneri (1: 1). They are waiting for Ajax after a series of eight matches without defeat, but also a draw with Brest in the last round of the French championship.
The team from Amsterdam disappointed in the group stage of the Champions League. The team that was on the threshold of the finals of the elite competition in 2019 won seven points in duels with Liverpool, Atalanta, and Midtjylland.
They had only one draw from the duel with the Reds and Atalanta (Atalanta, 2: 2). However, since the defeat at the Johan Cruyff Arena on December 9 by the Italian team, they have tied 11 wins and two draws. They will meet Lille after eight tied triumphs in domestic competitions.
The continuation of the season on the Euro scene for the team from Amsterdam was marked by a mistake of the administration, which failed to register the biggest signing in the history of the club for the Europa League matches - Sebastian Haller.
They paid a record 22,500,000 euros for the services of the strong West Ham striker, but they forgot to put him on the list of players for the spring part of the competition.
Suspended and injured players
Erik ten Haag has a few more problems.
Apart from not having Haller at his disposal, Andre Onana will not be on the goal. The Cameroonian earned a one-year suspension for violating doping protocols. Suspended Ryan Gravenberch is also out of action, while Idrisi could return to the team.
Noussair Mazraoui was injured during the match with Heracles, but he should also be ready for tonight's match in France. There is no doubt that Dušan Tadić will give the host the most headaches. The representative of Serbia scored 14 goals and recorded 12 assists in 30 registered appearances in all competitions this season, so a lot will depend on him tonight as well.
Christopher Galtier, on the other hand, cannot count on midfielders Benjamin Andre and Xeka, which means that Renato Sanchez and Boubakary Soumare will be in the first team. Burak Yilmaz is not ready to run on the field yet, but his compatriot Yusuf Yazici recovered.
The top scorer of the group stage with six goals scored (tied at the top with Pizzi from Benfica), will be one of the biggest threats to the goal of the Dutch great. These two teams shared the field last season on the international scene as part of the Champions League. Ajax celebrated on both occasions (3: 0 and 2: 0).