Ajax vs Benfica
Ajax will host Benfica in the third round of CL group E at Johan Cruyff Arena.
Ajax are in brilliant form and that led them to the 1st place in the group before this game with 4 points, same as Bayern Munich, but with better goal difference. In the only home game in CL they totally outplaced AEK, especially in the 2nd half, for the comfortable final result 3:0. In the domestic league they are also doing very well, sitting in the 2nd place only behind PSV. The main worry for me will be the absence of Tagliafico on the left flang as he was absolutely brilliant against AEK. A few other players will miss the game such as Veltman and Bande, but their miss is not so important. Eiting and Mazraoui are doubtful.
Benfica are 3rd in the group after the home loss against Bayern and the away win against AEK. Benfica made a great start in their only away game in CL against AEK with two fast goals in the starting 15 minutes, but after receiving a red card by Dias in the extra time of the 1st half, the situation during the second totally changed. They were equalized but a winner goal by Semedo gave them the priceless three points. In the domestic league they are in the 1st place together with Braga after 5 wins and 2 draws. The main problem of the team are the missing players, especially in the defense. Their main CB Ruben Dias is suspended, while Jardel is also looking like he will miss the game. Lema is also doubtful in defense, so they will have to risk to play with not totally fit players in defense or to use unexperienced ones with less minutes during the season. Ebuehi and Krovinovic are also out, while Castillo is doubtful.
The main power of both clubs is the offense power they have and I can't imagine both teams to go defensively in this game, mostly when we know the visitors have problems with the defense and they have to score at least one goal to have a chance to take something from the match. On the other side Ajax showed they are not frightened to play as equal as Bayern at Allianz Arena, so in this game I expect them to look for an early opening goal and this match to turn into a game with a lot of real goal chances.
Ajax to win and over 2.5 goal is my prediction here. Good luck!
Ajax vs Benfica prediction
|Ajax+ over 2.5 goals||Bet365||2.87||9||1-0 LOST (-9 units)|