вЂў Donny van de Beek has not played since the play-off second leg against APOEL on 28 August due to a hamstring injury. вЂў TadiД‡ set up both Serbia goals in a 4-2 defeat by Portugal in UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying on 7 September, missing the 3-1 win in Luxembourg three days later due to muscle fatigue before returning against Heerenveen. вЂў Noussair Mazraoui suffered a knee injury when playing for Morocco's Under-23 side against Mali U23s on 7 September.
Their last loss came at home to Tottenham in the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg on 8 May. вЂў The Dutch champions were 4-1 winners at home to Heerenveen in the Eredivisie on Saturday, NicolГЎs Tagliafico scoring twiceВ вЂ“ the defender's first double since he struck twice against AEK Athens on matchday one of last season's UEFA Champions League. вЂў Joint top scorer in the 2018/19 Eredivisie with 20 goals, DuЕЎan TadiД‡ has scored five in five league games so far this season, and has eight in all competitions with a further five assists.
вЂў That extended Les Dogues' run without a European away win to five matches (D2 L3), since a 2-0 success at Grasshoppers in the 2014/15 UEFA Champions League third qualifying round. Play-off highlights: Ajax 2-0 APOELвЂў This is only LOSC's second trip to the Netherlands вЂ“ they lost 3-1 at PSV Eindhoven in the 2010/11 UEFA Europa League round of 32 second leg вЂ“ and a third fixture against a Dutch club overall; they had drawn 2-2 at home to PSV in the first leg of that tie. Links and triviaвЂў David Neres and Gabriel were team-mates in Brazil's Under-20 side in 2017.
The second-leg victory in Amsterdam ended a run of four home European matches without a win (D2 L2). вЂў A goalless draw at APOEL in the first leg of the play-offs ended Ajax's run of scoring in 14 successive European matches. Their scoring run at home was extended to 11 games in a row, however, thanks to a 2-0 second-leg defeat of APOEL in Amsterdam, TadiД‡ again on target to make it three goals in two European appearances at the Johan Cruijff Arena this season. вЂў Ajax last faced French opposition in the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League third qualifying round, drawing 2-2 with Nice to bow out on away goals (3-3 aggregate).
вЂў Erik ten Hag's team lost only two of their 18 European matches in 2018/19 (W10 D6), when they became the first side in European Cup history to reach the semi-finals having come through three qualifying rounds and the first Dutch club to get to the UEFA Champions League last four since PSV Eindhoven in 2004/05. Ajax's 1995 Champions League road to gloryвЂў Champions of the Netherlands for the 34th time in 2018/19 вЂ“ their first league title since 2014 вЂ“ Ajax also lifted the Dutch Cup to claim their eighth domestic double, and a first since 2002. вЂў They kicked off this season's UEFA Champions League in the third qualifying round, seeing off Greek side PAOK 5-4 on aggregate after a 2-2 away draw and a 3-2 home win secured by an 85th-minute DuЕЎan TadiД‡ penalty.
Ajax v LOSC factsLast season's surprise semi-finalists Ajax kick off their latest UEFA Champions League group campaign at home to a LOSC Lille side who are making their first appearance in seven seasons. вЂў The Dutch champions had to negotiate two tight qualifying ties to reach the group stage for a second season running, 2018/19 having marked their first appearance in four years. LOSC, who have never before played Ajax, are looking for a first win against Dutch opponents. Form guideAjaxвЂў Ajax went all the way from the UEFA Champions League second qualifying round to the semi-finals in 2018/19, losing on away goals to Tottenham in the last four after conceding six minutes into added time to go down 3-2 at home and bow out after a 3-3 aggregate draw.