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Benfica vs Ajax: Tight tussle anticipated in Lisbon

Kick-off: 2000, 23/02/2022

Stadium: Estadio da Luz

TV: BT Sport

Ajax were a joy to watch in winning six straight Champions League group-stage games but Benfica won’t be easy to break down at the Stadium of Light.

The Eagles only conceded goals against Bayern Munich in their pool, keeping four clean sheets versus Barcelona and Dynamo Kyiv.

We reckon a cagey contest could be on the cards in Portugal, so 3.5 for a draw is our opening Benfica vs Ajax prediction.

Benfica Betting Odds

Admittedly, Benfica’s limitations were ruthlessly exposed by Bayern, who enjoyed back-to-back 4-0 and 5-2 victories in Group E.

However, Jorge Jesus will have been delighted with his defence in the other matches.

Beleaguered Barcelona were battered 3-0 at this venue and Dynamo were beaten 2-0 in Lisbon on a crucial Matchday 6 which saw the Catalan giants crash out.

Goalless stalemates at Camp Nou and in the Ukraine helped Benfica to pip Barca to second place by one point.

The Eagles have had some setbacks on home turf in Liga Portugal Bwin, but the experience of defenders Nicolas Otamendi, Jan Vertonghen and Gilberto can come to the fore in this competition.

Looking at the Benfica vs Ajax odds, we feel 3.10 for 0-0 at half-time is a fair price.

Ajax Betting Odds

Ajax got off to a flying start in Group C by thrashing Benfica’s local rivals Sporting 5-1 in Lisbon, when Sebastien Haller scored four times.

Besiktas were then beaten 2-0 in Amsterdam before a double header with Borussia Dortmund saw Erik ten Hag’s team secure impressive 4-0 and 3-1 victories.

Haller hit another double in a 2-1 win at Besiktas and took his tally to nine when netting from the penalty spot in a closing 4-2 success versus Sporting in Holland.

Dusan Tadic has put in some dazzling displays and Antony provided five assists, while Steven Berghuis and David Neres are other threats going forward.

Tactics usually change at the start of the knockout rounds, though, and we’re expecting Ten Hag to just tighten the reins a little bit.

Let’s add 5.25 for the scores to be level at half-time and full-time to our Benfica vs Ajax betting tips.

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Positions
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Last matches

08-12-2021 W
23-11-2021 D
02-11-2021 L
20-10-2021 L
29-09-2021 W

Last matches

W 07-12-2021
W 24-11-2021
W 03-11-2021
W 19-10-2021
W 28-09-2021

Head-to-head: Benfica 1-1 Ajax, Ajax 1-0 Benfica, Benfica 0-0 Ajax, Ajax 1-0 Benfica, Ajax 3-0 Benfica

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