AS Roma asserted their authority in this tie with a 2-1 in the first leg as the away team last week. The Italian side travelled to Amsterdam and took down Ajax who were unbeaten since December when another Italian club got the better of them. Ajax had 24 games without losing since a 1-0 defeat at home to Atalanta at the end of last year. Each of their last two losses have come at home while on the road they haven’t been beaten in any of their last 14 matches and have won 12 of those games. The visitors returned to winning ways with a 1-0 win away at Waalwijk on Sunday and they look set to lift the Eredivisie title but they do have work to do if they are to keep their season in Europe alive.
Roma were also 1-0 winners on Sunday as they defeated Bologna at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome to remain 7th in Serie A. They do have work to do domestically to ensure European qualification for next season but they have a real chance of progressing to the final four of this year’s Europa League with two away goals to their name. The hosts will be encouraged by the fact that they have scored three or more goals in each of their last four home matches in Europe. Roma dismantled both Shakhtar Donetsk and Braga in the previous knockout rounds scoring exactly three goals in both of their home legs and they have won seven of their last nine matches at home.