Ajax predicted lineup analysis: Dutch giants keen to avoid European humiliation

Ajax salvaged a dramatic draw last Thursday scoring two second-half stoppage-time goals to stun Bodo/Glimt in the Europa Conference League. The Dutch giants were staring down the barrel of just another embarrassing result this season but now have everything to play for away in Norway.

Despite being the away side, Ajax's recent form in the league – after a poor start – will give them confidence in getting the necessary victory, although they're unlikely to have a fully fit side, as we will analyse below.

Diant Ramaj to start for Ajax
Diant Ramaj has been underwhelming in goal for Ajax – Photo by Icon Sport

Ajax predicted lineup analysis

Goalkeeper/Defenders

Diant Ramaj

Much like the majority of the Ajax squad, this has been a difficult season for goalkeeper Diant Ramaj. He's currently boasting the worst save percentage of his career (70.1%) and has just four clean sheets in 24 appearances. This includes zero in Europe this campaign, so it's likely Ajax will have to focus on just outscoring Bodo/Glimt and not so much on keeping them out.

Ajax's Jorrel Hato in action.
Jorrel Hato has been booked in two of his last three European games – Photo by Icon Sport

Jorrel Hato

Jorrel Hato has not missed a single game all season and has grown with this Ajax team throughout the campaign. However, he does appear to have one flaw that he's picked up as of late, and that's his discipline. Hato has picked up a yellow card in two of his last three appearances in European competitions, so against a Bodo/Glimt side who will be keen to avenge last week he may find himself in the referee's notebook.

Jorrel Hato to be booked – 6/1

Devyn Rensch

Devyn Rensch looks set to be the next exciting young Dutch prospect off the Ajax conveyor belt. The centre-back just turned 21 last month and is already a mainstay in the side, so his athleticism and forward-thinking is something which can help Ajax pin Bodo/Glimt back.

Josip Sutalo

Josip Sutalo is the most progressive and forward-thinking defender at Ajax. His passing and ability to split the leins of an opposition's press is valuable to how the Dutch giants have turned their season around. In the Eredivisie this campaign, Sutalo has racked up the second-most progressive passing yards out of any outfield player at Ajax.

Tristan Gooijer

Tristan Goiijer was not planned to be making many first-team appearances this season at 19, instead, he should've been getting just a small taste of first-team football. However, injuries have forced the youngster into the side and that looks to be harming Ajax as they're yet to keep a clean sheet when Troiijer is in the team.

Midfielders

Jordan Henderson

A lot was made of Jordan Henderson leaving Saudi Arabia for the Netherlands regarding off-field decisions, however, there are now questions about what he has brought to the team on the field. Having started three games in the Eredivisie, Ajax have not managed to win any of them, shipping six goals in the process, so perhaps Henderson's age and lack of ability may well be rising to the surface.

Kenneth Taylor has starred for Ajax
Kenneth Taylor has registered seven goal involvements across all competitions – Photo by Icon Sport

Kenneth Taylor

Kenneth Taylor has been playing in a more advanced role for Ajax this season, especially since Henderson joined the club. Taylor has seven goal involvements this season including two strikes in European competitions. The Ajax midfielder is also in te top four percentile across Europe when it comes to touches in the opposition's penalty area, so he's always going to be a threat.

Kenneth Taylor to score anytime – 9/2

Kristian Hlynsson

It's a recurring theme within this Ajax squad of young stars beginning to show their talents when everyone had written them off at the beginning of the campaign. Kristian Hlynsson was promoted into the first team halfway through the campaign and has never looked back. Currently, he's in the top nine percentile for non-penalty goals, when compared to similar players.

Attackers

Steven Berghuis

Ajax's most experienced player has stepped up in crucial moments this season when it really mattered. Steven Berghuis scored the equaliser the last time these two sides met and after being rested on the weekend, he will be ready to go in Norway. Despite just 16 league starts, Berghuis has 12 goal involvements and if Ajax are to sail through this tricky tie, they'll need his experience.

Brian Brobbey is Ajax's top goalscorer
Brian Brobbey has scored 18 goals across all competitions – Photo by Icon Sport

Brian Brobbey

After a slow start to the season, it's now difficult to argue that Brian Brobbey is the most feared striker in the Eredivisie right now. 10 goals in his last nine league appearances has seen him become part of the elite striker conversation. It's not as if he's having a freak season either, because his XG stands at 14.0, and he's got 15 goals so he's keeping pace with the underlying numbers.

Brian Brobbey to score a brace – 15/2

Chuba Akpom

It's been an incredibly frustrating season for the England striker who's only been handed four starts. However, given the injuries to Steven Bergwijn and potentially Berghuis, Akpom may be handed a rare start in Europe. Akpom has started just two European games this season but has still managed three goals, so when given a chance to shine he's never shied away from the spotlight.

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