Ajax vs Benfica Champions League match forecast

On Tuesday evening, March 15, Ajax Amsterdam will take on Benfica Lisbon at the Johan Cruyff Arena in the return leg of the Champions League 1/8 final. The first leg was a draw, so what can the teams expect this time around? Full statistics and all current odds for the match can be found at 1xbet app download.

Ajax

The club from Amsterdam are leading the Eredivisie table with 63 points from 26 played rounds, two points clear of runners-up PSV. Ajax had an incredible 10-game winning streak before clinching the title in Lisbon before suffering a sensational 2-1 defeat at home to Go-Ehead Eagles. Now, however, the team are back on winning ways: Three wins in a row, last weekend’s 2-3 away win over Cambourg. The goal difference is crazy: 77 goals scored, 11 conceded.

The home side are averaging 3 goals scored and 0.25 conceded per game. Ivorian attacking leaders Sebastian Haller (19 goals) and Serbian Dusan Tadic (9 goals and 15 assists) are in top form. “Ajax were cruising in the group stage of the Champions League, scoring 18 of their 18 points against Borussia Dortmund, Sporting and Besiktas.

Benfica

Under experienced Brazilian coach Jorge Jesus, the Eagles started the season in style. But then they slumped – they lost the derby to Sporting, then lost twice in a row to Porto. Now Lisbon are third in the domestic standings, 12 points behind the leading Magpies. “The Reds have scored 66 goals (the most in the league, an average of 2.8 goals per game) and conceded 24. Last weekend, the Red and Whites drew a 1-1 (2.0-0) draw with Vizela.

Centre-back Lucas Verissimo, as well as Swiss forward Haris Seferovic were among the casualties. In the Champions League in the autumn, the capital city are second in the quartet with Barcelona, Dynamo Kyiv and Bayern Munich, with eight points.

Face-offs

The teams met each other four years ago at the group stage of the 2018/19 Champions League season. Back then, the hosts won minimally in Amsterdam, while in Portugal the game ended in a 1-1 draw.

Ajax vs Benfica

The Amsterdam side will rush forward from the start, trying to delight their fans with plenty of goals. Haller has been excellent this season, being the top scorer in the Champions League. Jorge Jesus also has several top-class performers at his disposal (Nunez, Rafa Silva, Yaremchuk), and the visitors’ counterattacks will be very dangerous. It’s a safe bet on both goals.

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