Benfica vs Ajax Amsterdam / Champions League – We expected that these two teams would fight for the second place behind Bayern, but for now the situation is different. Benfica fails to follow the rhythm and they are in third place with one victory and two defeats, while Ajax is excellent and has won four points more than their host. This means that Ajax can solve everything in this duel and in what form they are, it can be said they are favourites against Benfica which is in crisis. After their match in Amsterdam, they suffered two defeats, while Ajax is recording only without any goals received. The first duel of these rivals ended in favour of Ajax with 1-0.
Benfica vs Ajax Amsterdam begins 07.11.2018 at 21:00 CET
When Benfica loses three matches, then this is a sure sign for the alert and they urgently need one triumph. For defeat in Amsterdam, they can definitely blame the lack of luck because they have received the only goal in the injury time, but it should be said that they were completely outplayed. There is no justification for their championship defeats because they were defeated by Belenenses with 2-0, while they also last weekend lost at home from Moreirensea with 3-1.
They took the lead in the second minute thanks to a goal by striker Jonas, who finally completely recovered, so they expected an easy win, but instead, they received three goals by half-time and lost. Seferovic was absent, while Salvio only came from the bench and we now expect him to be on the field from the first minute.
Probable lineups Benfica: Vlachodimos – Almeida, Dias, Jardel, Grimaldo – Fejsa, G.Fernandes, Pizzi – Salvio, Rafa Silva, Jonas
Ajax is in the rush and their series of wins is now in six games, and they are undefeated in the previous nine. Their derby in Eindhoven is still the only match they played very badly and lost with 3-0, so they are not the leaders in the Dutch championship. They have five points less, but they are constantly winning and they are waiting for PSV to blunder. They have two triumphs and a draw in Munich in the Champions League, which has the value of a victory. Against Benfica, they had a bit of luck on their field and they scored a winning goal for 1-0 in the last seconds of the match.
In the championship, they mastered their big rival Feyenoord with 3-0, with the proviso that they had more players on the field from the fifth minute of the match, which of course facilitates their job. Go Ahead was not a problem in the Cup and the result was the same, while they defeated Willem II with 2-0 in the last round. It was a routine victory with two goals by the middle of the first half. Coach ten Hag practically performs with the same composition in all games and van de Beek took a breather, but he now returns to the team, while Neres goes on the bench.
Probable lineups Ajax Amsterdam: Onana – Mazraoui, de Ligt, Blind, Tagliafico – Schone, van de Beek, F.de Jong – Ziyech, Dolberg, Tadic
Benfica vs Ajax Amsterdam PICK
Benfica seems to be out of breath and their results are getting worse, so they could have a big problem against Ajax. The team from Amsterdam is really playing good football, and we expect them to remain undefeated in Lisbon, which is their goal.
Pick: Asian Handicap +0.5 Ajax
Odds: 1.60 at bethard (down to 1.55 can be played)
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