AJAX were seconds away from securing a place in last season’s Champions League final. They survived a real scare against Greek side PAOK, winning 5-4 on aggregate after a 2-2 away draw and a 3-2 home win secured by an 85th-minute Dušan Tadić penalty. And they’ve been rewarded with a group that they should be able to get out of which includes Chelsea, Valencia and Tuesday’s opponents Lille.
LOSC first apperance in the group stage of the competition since 2012-13 and their most recent European adventure lasted only one tie, Gabala of Azerbaijan running out 2-1 aggregate winners in the UEFA Europa League third qualifying round in 2016-17.
THE TEAM NEWS
Ajax warmed up nicely for their return to Champions League action after beating Heerenveen by a 4-1 scoreline on Saturday evening.
David Neres was rested for that game and used as a second half substitute but he will likely return to the starting line-up for this match.
Van de Beek is missing through injury while Mazraoui is considered a doubt so Veltman may start at right-back with Schuurs in the middle.
Predicted line-up (4-2-3-1): Onana; Veltman, Schuurs, Blind, Tagliafico; Alvarez, Martinez; Ziyech, Promes, David Neres; Tadic
Unavailable: Eiting (Injured), Van de Beek (Injured), Bande (Injured)
Doubtful: Mazraoui (Injured)
Lille have had a mixed start to the season as they have won all of their home games but lost both of their away matches played so far.
There is plenty of anticipation around this opening trip to Amsterdam which is their first match in the Champions League since 2012.
Despite possessing plenty of options to choose from here, Christophe Galtier may name the same side that beat Angers on Friday night.
Predicted line-up (4-2-3-1): Maignan; Pied, Jose Fonte, Gabriel, Bradaric; Andre, Soumare; Luiz Araujo, Ikone, Bamba; Osimhen
Unavailable: Xeka (Injured), Weah (Injured)
Doubtful: Remy (Injured), Yazici (Injured)
This UEFA Champions League match between Ajax and Lille will be played on Sep 17, 2019 and kick off at 10:00