Benfica vs Ajax | Prediction, Betting Tips & Odds
This game couldn’t come in the worst moment for the hosts, who are having many problems now, and yet they need to win in order to preserve the chances to reach the knockout stage of the Champions League. The guests from the Netherlands are, unlike Benfica, in excellent shape, and they are coming to La Luz to win.
Benfica has one win and two losses and that puts them in the third place of the Group E. Ajax is first with 7 points, and the late dagger scored against the Eagles by Mazraoui in Amsterdam, gave them a perfect advantage. The hosts lost to Moreirense in the Primeira Liga this weekend, 1:3, and that was quite a shocker. Meanwhile, Ajax was confident against Willem II and won 2:0.
After the series of excellent results, Benfica entered some sort of a crisis. The two-time European champions lost three games in a row, and it appears that a last-minute defeat in Amsterdam caused all this to happen. What is even more frightening for the home team is the fact that they have scored only one goal during that period. The chemistry on the field just disappeared and the morale just dropped. Though we need to add that the Eagles played only two home games in the last two months, and this might also be a reason for such a fall. Do have in mind that this team knows how to play and that the Eagles are preparing for this game as if it is the Champions League finals. When it comes to efficiency, the most frequent one when looking Benfica is between 2 and 3 goals.
Ajax is fantastic recently. The Lancers have six wins in a row, and to make it even more impressive, in all of them they didn’t allow a single goal. The last time they lost was all the way back in September, when PSV demolished them, 3:0. Now they look much more severe. Since then, Ajax has nine straight matches in which they didn’t lose. Four of those six triumphs also saw three goals, and even the ones who didn’t, were supposed to. Like always, their trademark is a constant attack, regardless of the result.
Latest Team News
Benfica has three players who are questionable for this match. Filip Korvinovic, Nicolas Castillo, and Cristian Lema. All of them have certain issues, which are bothering the medical team. Tyronne Ebuehi is out with a crucial ligament injury, and he will be absent until late January. The situation among the hosts is better. El Azzouzi, Daley Sinkgraven, Matusiwa, Eiting all of them are under a question mark, but except the last one, all of these guys are sidelined for a long time.
In six games so far, the Eagles have a slightly better record. They recorded three wins, ajax has two, and one match finished with a draw.
Odds and Predictions
This is going to be a close matchup. And the bookies are aware of that, which is why they gave similar odds. However, Benfica is a slight favorite, and we can’t fight the impression that it is mostly because they play at home, nothing more than that. Their win is at 2.50, Ajax’s is 3.00, and a draw is at 3.40.
Benfica vs Ajax | Top Betting Tip: Draw (1-1)
With Benfica in this state, we simply can’t put our money on their victory here. Especially after seeing Ajax’s superb performances lately. Now, the home ground advantage plays a huge role in games like this one, and because of that, our tipster decided to go with a draw. It is the most logical solution in cases like this one, and to be honest, these two sides are equal when it comes to quality. The game in Amsterdam was supposed to finish without winners. About the efficiency, we are going to see a couple of goals here, but nothing spectacular. Between 2 and 3 is the range to pick. So our final statement is Benfica – Ajax 1:1, and with this, we conclude this preview.