Match Preview: Ajax 0-1 Benfica Predictions and Betting Tips 15.03.2022

Ajax – Benfica Predictions & Tips For Today, Match 15, 2022.

League: Champions League – Play Offs – 1/8-finals
Match: 21:00 Ajax – Benfica
Tip: Home Win
Odd: 1.43
Bookmaker: Bet365
Match Result: 0:1 LOST

Ajax – Benfica Match Preview

  • Erik ten Hag’s Ajax squandered a lead twice to draw 2-2 in the first leg of this UEFA Champions League (UCL) Round of 16 tie, in what was the start of a porous run of form that’s seen the Amsterdammers concede twice in four of their last five games (W3, D1, L1). However, Ajax still remain on course for a 36th Dutch championship and are favoured to progress from this tie.
  • With a 100% win-rate in UCL home games this term, Ajax are now seeking a fourth UCL home win in succession for the first time since a seven-game streak that ended back in 1996! An average return of 4.05 scored goals across their last 19 home games suggests they should do it, particularly as they’ve already put four past Sporting Lisbon and Dortmund here this term.
  • Benfica laboured to a 1-1 draw against Vizela last time out, delivering a further crushing blow to their remote title hopes. This now looks like Benfica’s last chance of gaining any silverware, though they will have to overcome a woeful 10% win-rate across their last ten away matches in the Netherlands to progress (W1, D6, L3).
  • With six of those road trips ending level, and considering the abolishment of the away goals rule, penalties could be a real possibility here. Benfica have a split record in UEFA shootouts (W2, L2), although one of those defeats came against Dutch outfit PSV. In any case, a strong attacking showing can be expected as Benfica have scored 2+ goals in all four of their away games during 2022.
  • Key battle: Record-breaking Ajax hitman Sébastien Haller is the fastest player to reach 11 goals in the UCL – that’s half of his team’s total! Trying to stop him is former Ajax man and 2012 Netherlands footballer of the year, Benfica’s Jan Vertonghen. He assisted in the reverse fixture, but the centre-back has only seen one clean sheet across his last ten appearances.
  • Hot stat: Ajax have scored 2+ goals in all seven of their UCL games this season, netting 22 goals in total. That’s more goals than any side from outside of Europe’s top-five leagues since Ajax themselves back in 1979/80 (30)!