Champions League Ajax vs Benfica 23/10/2018

Ajax vs Benfica Champions League

Ajax arrive at this third round of the Champions League group stage at a great moment and with confidence on the rise. They lead Group E with the same four points from Bayern, one more than Benfica and four more than AEK.

In 18 official matches this season, the fact that they have only lost one game (in the PSV classic in Eindhoven) testifies to the quality of the work that Erik ten Hag has done in an era where Ajax seeks to regain the title of national champion .

In the Champions League, the Dutch opened with a 3-0 win at home to AEK Athens, reaching the second round a good point in Munich, against Bayern, which reinforces for now the possibilities of moving forward in the group.

The international standings did not seem to have affected Ajax’s performance, having already gone on the break after a 5-0 rout of AZ, they again beat Hereenven 4-0 on Saturday.

Benfica are also struggling to qualify for the round of 16 and go to the Netherlands knowing that the draw can be a good result and defeat complicates the qualifying accounts, because it would leave the Eagles four points behind Ajax and probably Bayern, with all the second round remaining in the group stage. Like Ajax, Benfica’s record is equally positive, they lead in the league and in 15 official games they lost only in the opening day of the Champions League, in a friendly against Bayern, 0-2.

To the second, it was Greece to win 3-2 to AEK in an atypical game, where Benfica did half an hour of luxury and 60 minutes in free fall with moments that even came to be poor.
In the next game, Benfica beat FC Porto in the classic 1-0 in a game that served to regain the lead in the league.

More recently, in the return to the competition after the selections, it was time to beat Sertanense, 3-0, in the game to count for the third round of the Portuguese Cup.

Best Bet of the Day Ajax vs Benfica

I expect a game of increased difficulty for both teams. I believe that Rui Vitoria will play with the reinforced midfield and, despite his apparent fetish with Gabriel, in a game where the draw can be an interesting result and knowing the way of acting of the coach of Benfica I believe that goes to bet on a midfield composed by Fejsa, Gedson and Pizzi, for the greater capacity of fight and work that the kid gives in relation to the Brazilian reinforcement.

Overall, if this happens, I think Benfica will only have to win, because it will face an Ajax who likes to have a ball and at home will certainly seek to have the mastery of the game and target the goal of Odysseas.

Defensively, I do not believe that Benfica will be able to withstand the strength of this Ajax in order to finish without suffering, but in the counterattack can also make a dent to the whole of Amsterdam.

Prediction of the Day: Both teams to score
Odds: 1.72