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Ajax vs Benfica in the Champions League on Mar 15. 2022 - Odds & Prediction

Ajax vs Benfica in the Champions League on Mar 15. 2022 - Odds & Prediction

After a 2-2 draw in Lisbon, this tie is evenly poised as the two sides meet in Amsterdam on Tuesday night.

With home advantage here, though, Ajax are well fancied with trusted betting sites. They’re generally around the 4/9 (bet365) mark to win in the 90 minutes, with Benfica available at odds of 25/4 with SportNation.

Like the scoreline suggests, the first leg proved a pretty even contest overall. Sebastien Haller continued his run of scoring in every Champions League match he’s played in this season - but that wasn’t before netting at the wrong end just three minutes before. Dusan Tadic opened the scoring prior to that, and it was Roman Yaremchuk who headed home in the 72nd minute to see a high-tempo game end level.

Continue reading for our expert football betting tips for the clash.

  • Kindly note that all information in this preview, including whether or not the event will take place, is subject to change due to Covid-19.
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1-1 (Correct Score)

If the first leg is anything to go by, then this should be a fairly even game. Given they’re away from home now, though, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Benfica manager Nelson Verissimo opt for an even more conservative approach to try and quell, what is likely to be, plenty of Ajax attacks.

The Portuguese side will probably look to play on the counter again, but there’s still likely to be plenty of action in this. Ajax rarely go without scoring at the Johan Cruyff Arena, but you can count on Benfica putting up a good fight in a stadium that isn’t easy to visit.

It’s tough to have any confidence in the Eagles quite having enough to get the win in the 90 minutes, though, mainly due to their recent record when away from home in the Champions League. Benfica have won just one of their last eleven on their travels in the competition - but on the flip side, they’ve kept a clean sheet in four of the last five of those games.

So, with these things in mind, a low-scoring draw looks the best option to go with. Ajax should have plenty of the play, but if Benfica remain solid, they can scrape their way into extra time. Our selection for the game is 1-1 on the correct score market at very appealing odds of 10/1 with LeoVegas.

Ajax Form, squad news, opinion

Ajax have generally been their relentless selves this season, but after a 2-2 draw in the first leg, they’ll certainly be wary of the threat Benfica can pose to them. At home and in good form, they’ll know the pressure is on them to deliver.

Haller could certainly be the key to their success. The Ivorian is leading the way in the Champions League goalscoring charts so far this campaign with eleven goals.

Across all competitions, Ajax have won eleven of their last thirteen on their own patch, so they’ll be full of confidence to get the job done here. Benfica can be tricky to deal with on their day, but Erik ten Hag’s side have the quality to progress far into the tournament this term.

Benfica Form, squad news, opinion

It’s been a below par season so far for Benfica domestically, but they’ve shown a good deal of fight on a few occasions in the Champions League.

They’ll need a well-organised and disciplined performance here to deal with this high-flying Ajax side, however they certainly have that level of tenacity in them.

Results have still been a bit patchy under caretaker boss Verissimo, and realistically, winning the Primeira Liga looks unlikely. That means full focus - at least for the time being - has probably been on this clash, and Eagles fans will be hoping their side can produce a memorable night in Amsterdam.

History

Prior to the first leg of this tie, the sides had met just two times in competitive action - both in the Champions League. They faced off in the 2018 group stages where Ajax won 1-0 at the Johan Cruyff Arena, before a 1-1 draw in Portugal.

About the Venue

The Johan Cruyff Arena holds up to 55,500 fans and opened back in 1996. It has a pretty unique look from the outside and also has a retractable roof.

Following the death of Dutch and Ajax icon John Cruyff in 2016, the stadium was renamed after him - it was previously called the Amsterdam ArenA.

Conclusion

It will probably be wise for Benfica not to go all out too early in this one given Ajax’s sizzling attack at the moment, but if the Portuguese side can weather the early storm it’ll certainly give them confidence, along with a good chance of progressing.

Ajax are the stronger side on paper, but tactically, Benfica could frustrate them. Regardless of how this ends up, we should be in for an intriguing 90 minutes at the very least.

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