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Ajax Amsterdam will be traveling to Lisbon, to kick off its first leg in the round of 16 of the Champions League, against hosts Benfica.
Ajax finished at the top of Group C, winning all of its 6 games, beating opponents like Sporting CP and Borussia Dortmund. The team is on track to win its second consecutive Eredivisie title, and is currently at the top of the points table, enjoying a comfortable 8 point lead over PSV. The club has lost just 2 games in the top flight this season and won 18 of the 23 League matches it has played so far, including 6 consecutive victories going into this game.
During the last outing, Ajax scored a thumping 5-0 win against Twente and will be extremely high on confidence as it faces the Portuguese club.
Benfica finished second in Group E of the Champions League, edging out giants Barcelona with a 1 point lead. The club climbed its way to the group stages by winning qualifying rounds and play-offs and managed to win 2 out of its 6 group stage matches, including a famous 3-0 victory over Barcelona.
The team is currently third on the Primeira League table, trailing the toppers Porto by 9 points. Benfica has suffered a slight dip in form of late, as it managed to win just 2 out of its last 4 outings, including a 2-2 draw with Boavista in the last match.
Match prediction and betting tips for SL Benfica vs Ajax Amsterdam UEFA Champions League 2021-22. The match is going to be played at the Estadio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica, Lisbon, on 23rd February 2022.
Ajax coach Erik ten Hag would like to put up his best team in this first leg game, to get an early advantage. He is, however, likely to miss out on the services of Maarten Stekelenburg and Sean Kliber, both of whom are injured. Mohammed Ihattaren, who suffered a muscle injury last week, remains doubtful too.
The hosts will continue to miss out on Lucas Verissimo, Haris Seferovic, and Rodrigo Pinho due to injuries, and could be joined by Gilberto, who has a muscle problem.
While we do expect both the teams to score, Ajax should have no problems in overcoming any challenge thrown by the hosts.
Bet on Ajax Amsterdam to win.
Ajax has not conceded a single goal in its previous four matches and its defensive record is absolutely stellar for the entire season. Benfica is definitely a better attacking side that what Ajax has played against recently, however, the odds available for this betting market make it worth the risk.