Ajax vs Benfica
UEFA Champions League
Date: Tuesday, 23 October 2018
Kick-Off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Johan Cruijff Arena (Amsterdam).
Two of these clubs have rich history in the European stage. Tuesday’s match will be a rated as a classic clash between these two heavyweights.
Ajax are on top of Group E with a win and a draw in their 2 matches. They have 4 points, equal with Bayern but goal difference favors the Dutch side. They will have to win this match to avoid Bayern getting the better of them in the upcoming games.
With 4 UCL titles in their cabinet and a great squad it is a surprise that they have not had recent success.
Benfica has won the elite European title 2 times in the clubs history. They qualified this year after a playoff win against PAOK. Their group opener was against Bayern which they lost 2-0. A 3-2 win at AEK after a red card to Ruben Dias followed.
Coach Rui Vitoria has some great players in the squad. Midfielders Rafa Silva and Pizzi have been a class apart this season for the Portuguese giants. Pizzi has 6 goals already and Silva has 3.
Ajax vs Benfica: Key Stats
The team from Amsterdam has 7 wins in last 10 matches and are unbeaten in last 5 games. On 7 of the last 10 games the score line had over 2.5 goals in total.
At home they are unbeaten in 7 with a 6 game win-streak going on. All of those 6 games had over 2.5 goals at the final whistle.
The visitors have the same record in last 10 games, with 7 wins and are unbeaten in 5 games. Six of the last 10 games had over 2.5 goals scored.
Away from Portugal the Eagles have a 21 game unbeaten streak including friendlies. Last 5 away games involving them had over 2.5 goals in total.
Ajax vs Benfica: Head-to-head (h2h)
Tuesday’s Champions League encounter mark the first competitive meeting between Ajax and Benfica in 46 years.
They last locked horns at the 1972 European Champions Clubs’ Cup Semifinals, Ajax edging the double legged tie by a solitary goal scored in the first leg in Amsterdam.
Ajax lead their overall h2h with 3 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss from 5 meetings so far.
The overall h2h record of Ajax versus Portuguese clubs is 6 wins, 2 draws and 7 losses from 15 games.
The Eredivisie side have a moderate home record against Portuguese visitors – 2W, 1D & 3L from 6.
Benfica’s overall record against Dutch clubs in UEFA competitions is 10 wins, 8 draws and 5 losses from 23 matches.
The Eagles could do better in Dutch soil after managing 2 wins from 10 visits, with the remaining 8 split across 6 draws and 2 losses.
Ajax vs Benfica: Prediction
Both the teams are on a goal scoring spree. Almost all of their recent games had goals galore. So the viewers will have a good match yet again.
Defender Ruben Dias will not be in the squad for Benfica due to suspension.
Nicolas Tagliafico, the Argentine Defender will not be available for Ajax due to an angle injury he picked up during the Superclassico last week.
The former Real Madrid striker Klass-Jan Huntelaar looks to be in good scoring form with 6 goals in all competitions.
Ajax vs Benfica: Betting Tips
Over 2.5 goals @ 1.90 (9/10).
BTTS @ 1.73 (8/11).