Europa League Group B Clash: Ajax vs. Brighton
Ajax is gearing up to face Brighton in a Group B Europa League encounter on November 9. The game is scheduled to commence at 17:45 UTC.
Rematch in Amsterdam
Ajax, also known as AFC Ajax or Ajax Amsterdam, will be clashing with Brighton, familiarly called Albion or Brighton & Hove Albion, for the second time in just over a week. Their last meeting, which was also a Group B fixture, ended in Brighton securing a 2-0 victory. Ajax is currently enjoying a strong spell, with consecutive wins against Heerenveen and Volendam, and aims to continue their triumphs against Brighton.
Brighton’s Unbeaten Run
Brighton steps into this game with a series of draws, having ended their games against Everton and Fulham in stalemates, which brings their unbeaten run to three games. However, Brighton has been consistently conceding goals in their last seven away games, which could be a cause for concern for the team’s morale.
Ajax is riding a wave of victories, having recently defeated Heerenveen and Volendam, whereas Brighton has been in a pattern of draws, sharing points with both Everton and Fulham in their latest fixtures. Looking at the overall statistics, Ajax has claimed victory in 6 of their past 20 games, suffered 9 losses, and drawn 5. Brighton has a slightly better record with 7 wins, 7 losses, and 5 draws out of their last 19 matches.
In their last six outings, Ajax has experienced both highs and lows, with two wins against Heerenveen and Volendam but four defeats. Conversely, Brighton has a more balanced record with one win against Ajax, one loss to Manchester City, and four draws, including games against high-profile teams like Everton, Fulham, Liverpool, and Marseille.
Ajax’s coach John van ‘t Schip will be without several key players. Sivert Mannsverk is sidelined due to a foot injury, Amourricho van Axel Dongen is out with an unspecified injury, Jay Gorter is nursing a knock, Branco van den Boomen is recovering from a knee injury, and Gerónimo Rulli is incapacitated with a shoulder injury.
On the Brighton side, manager Roberto De Zerbi has almost a full squad to choose from. The only concern is Julio Enciso, who is currently recovering from a meniscus tear and will not be available for selection.
The history between Ajax and Brighton is brief, with only one previous encounter since October 2023. Brighton emerged victorious in that sole matchup. In their head-to-head record, Ajax has yet to open their scoring against Brighton, who have accumulated two goals against the Dutch team.