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Aston Villa’s European odyssey continues this night with a brief journey throughout the North Sea to Amsterdam to face Ajax within the final 16 of the Europa Conference League.

While Unai Emery’s aspect could not maintain machinations of profitable a Premier League title this season, having dropped off the tempo since their outstanding begin, a European trophy stays firmly on the agenda.

And in fact, you’d be laborious pressed to search out many different sides that you’d fancy extra to finish up lifting the title that West Ham received final time period come season’s finish.

Three straight wins within the Premier League have settled Emery’s aspect considerably after a slight wobble initially of this 12 months and so they now sit 5 factors away from Spurs in fourth place.

Over that interval their goalscoring has been prodigious however there have been points on the different finish, having stored only one clear sheet of their final seven video games.

They will hope to be extra inflexible in opposition to an Ajax aspect who’s type has been anybody’s guess to this point this season.

They sit 5 factors behind AZ Alkmaar – a aspect Villa beat within the group phases of this competitors – within the Eredivisie and, previous to final weekend, had gone 16 matches with out a clear sheet.

That mentioned, that is nonetheless a aspect with formidable expertise and one which additionally options Jordan Henderson, who faces an English aspect for the primary time since his then-aborted transfer to Saudi.