Ajax vs Benfica | Prediction, Betting Tips & Odds
One very interesting match will take place at Amsterdam Arena this Tuesday. Two former European champions are meeting in a clash which might be a decisive one for the second place in Group E. These two sides are aiming a knockout-stage of the Champions League, and this direct meeting will be very important.
Ajax is in excellent shape, and they demolished Heerenveen in the last match they played in the Eredivision. 0:4 was the final result, and to be honest the Amsterdamers could net at least a couple of times more. Benfica was also convincing in the Portuguese Cup where they won against Sertanense 0:3. Both sides here have the identical record over the last 10 events, 7 wins, 2draws, and one defeat.
That one point taken at Allianz Arena is the ultimate advantage Ajax has over this rival. While Benfica lost to Bayern, the Dutch club stayed undefeated, which gives them an edge in the standings. That is for the moment. Ajax is excellent this season. Their defense looks very good, and here is a thing lots of you haven’t noticed. If you examine the last 10 matches, you will see that they kept clean sheets on 8 occasions, which is a fantastic achievement, no matter the competition or the opponents. Efficiency, however, is very high and four-time European champions have scored three or more goals in 7 of those 10 games. Amsterdam Arena has been their stronghold. Latest five meetings, five wins, and a total goal difference of 19:1, along with four straight clean sheets. Very, very impressive. Dusan Tadic has been a heart and soul of this team since he arrived, and the Serbian playmaker upgraded the offense of this assembly.
We are going to tell you something which nobody noticed. Benfica hasn’t lost away from home since the season started. But not only that, they haven’t lost in 22 consecutive road games. The most recent defeat came in December 2017 in the Portuguese Cup. But even then, the game ended with a draw after 90 minutes. It is a fantastic record of the Eagles. In this season they have 5 wins and two draws, and in each of the matches except the one in Istanbul against Fener, they netted twice or more. All those events ended with more than 2.5 goals, while four of six finished with over 3.5 goals. So, they too like to play open and attractive football, despite what many people think.
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Ajax has many players who are questionable for this clash. El Azzouzi, Daley Sinkgraven, Matusiwa, Tagliafico are all under a question mark. Veltman and Bande are ruled out. Benfica has Ruben Diaz suspended for this one. Jardel is also unavailable, but because of an injury, while Castillo and Krovinovic are doubtful.
Overall these two sides met five times, and the Eagles have a better record. They won three times while Ajax has one win. One game ended with a draw.
Odds and Predictions
Ajax is the favorite in this match. Their win is at 1.95, while a draw is 3.50. The bookies are clearly not believing in the guest as they gave 3.80 on their triumph.
Ajax vs Benfica | Top Betting Tip: Benfica (1-2)
This might be a shock to you, but we believe that this might be a surprise of the round. Yes, Ajax is confident lately, but their opponents were not so tough. With all due respect, Emmen, Venlo, Fortuna are not Benfica’s caliber. Now, if you don’t want to listen to this suggestion, hear us out when it comes to efficiency. Having in mind that both teams play open and dynamic football and that they have good offensive lines, over 2.5 goals should be a safe bet. Also, both sides to score is something which has high chances of happening in Amsterdam. Now to come back on the final outcome, if you want to lower the risk, double chance, draw or Benfica also has solid odds. Our final prediction, Ajax – Benfica 1:2.