Benfica vs Ajax Betting Tips and Match Prediction

Two unfancied names for the Champions League crown will lock horns in the first leg of their last-16 clash on Wednesday, as Benfica play host to Ajax at the Estadio da Luz.

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Benfica vs Ajax betting odds and tips

Benfica has an odd of 4.20(bet ₹100 and wins ₹420 if Benfica wins). Bet Now

If this match Draws then odd is 3.80(bet ₹100 and win ₹380 if the match draws). Bet Now

Ajax has an odd of 1.77(bet ₹100 and wins ₹177 Ajax wins). Bet Now

More odds and Betting Tips for Benfica vs Ajax

  • If you place a bet for total scoring of Benfica over 2.5. The odds are 1.65( ₹100 bet will return ₹165.)Bet Now
  • If you place a bet for total scoring of Ajax under 2.50. The odds are 2.70( ₹100 bet will return ₹270)Bet Now
  • Place a Bet if Home team Benfica beat the first Goal. Then it has odds of 3.62( ₹100 bet will return ₹362)Bet Now
  • Place a Bet if Away team Ajax beat the first Goal, then it has odds of 1.60( ₹100 bet will return ₹160)Bet Now

Match Details

Match: Benfica vs Ajax, Champions League

Date: February 24, 2022

Time: 01:30 AM (IST)

Venue: Estadio da Luz

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Squad Comparison

Benfica

The Bavarians rode off into the sunset as expected, but Benfica claimed two vital wins over Barcelona and Dynamo Kiev – the 3-0 thumping of the former will live long in the memory – as well as claiming a goalless draw at Camp Nou to advance based on their head-to-head record.

Indeed, the Portuguese giants enter the first leg on the back of a 2-2 league draw with Boavista and have won five of their 10 games under the 44-year-old’s tutelage so far, but they have not failed to score on their own turf in any competition since October. Three group-stage finishes preceded Benfica’s progress to the last-16 stage this time around, but they ought to have their work cut out against one of only three sides to advance with a perfect record from their six group games.

Benfica Playing XI

Vlachodimos; Lazaro, Otamendi, Vertonghen, Grimaldo; Silva, Taarabt, Weigl, Everton; Yaremchuk, Nunez

Ajax

Refusing to let continued speculation surrounding the Manchester United job affect him, Erik ten Hag continues to oversee stellar progress at Ajax, who simply swept aside the competition in Group C to finish top with 18 points to their name. Only Bayern Munich (22) notched up more goals than Ajax’s 20 in the group stage, and Ten Hag’s side enters the first leg having won each of their last 10 games in all competitions, although they had to rely on a late Jurrien Timber goal to get over the line against Willem II on Saturday.

Ajax is plying their trade in the knockout rounds for the first time since their sensational 2018-19 run to the semi-finals, and while the core of that team may have been broken up, not many would put it past the Dutch giants to act as the dark horses here. The visitors’ 10-game winning run has also seen them concede just one goal away to PSV, and a 1-0 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield in 2020 represents their only loss from their last 21 Champions League games on the road – a streak that includes a 1-1 draw away to Benfica in 2018.

Ajax Playing XI

Pasveer; Mazraoui, Schuurs, Martinez, Blind; Alvarez, Klaassen; Antony, Berghuis, Tadic; Haller

Match Prediction for Benfica vs Ajax

A trip to Benfica will present a significant sterner test than what Ajax has become used to in the Eredivisie, but the hosts are still finding their feet under Verissimo and cannot expect to emulate their group-stage win over Barcelona with ease.

Borussia Dortmund, Sporting, and Besiktas were all no match for this free-scoring and defensively watertight Ajax outfit in the group stage, and we expect Ten Hag’s side to claim a healthy first-leg advantage on Wednesday. They are unbeaten in each of their last three games against Benfica and we predict this trend will continue with the Eredivisie outfit coming away with a vital first-leg win.

Benfica 1-3 Ajax, as predicted by us.

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