On Wednesday, a couple of the more underrated soccer clubs in the Champions League clash when Benfica hosts Ajax in the first-leg in their Round of 16 matchup. Portuguese Liga squad Benfica is a huge underdog even though this happens on their pitch. Will Benfica show oddsmakers have underestimated them? Or will Ajax prove why they’re such a favorite?
NitroBetting brings you the Benfica vs. Ajax preview, covering everything you need to know about the contest. Below, you will find event details, the latest Soccer odds, and crucial team and player statistics. More than that, we help you lock in on the best picks by providing timely betting trends and expert predictions. Check out for more sports betting odds and lines at our online Bitcoin sportsbook!
Benfica vs. Ajax 2022 Champions League Round of 16 Info
- When: Wednesday, February 23, 2022, 3:00 PM ET
- Where: Estadio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal
- TV: CBS
- Live Stream: DAZN.com
- Soccer Odds: Benfica (+339) / Ajax (-139) / Draw (+288)
Why is Benfica a safe bet to win?
Benfica is in excellent form. Not only has Benfica won 3-of-5 with a draw, but the lone loss happened way back on Feb. 2. Also, Benfica knocked Barcelona from the Champions League. In the first group match, the Protueguese Liga team dominated Barca 3-0. Then in the second match, Benfica drew 0-0 with Barca. In their last match, Benfica blasted Dynamo Kiev 2-0.
Benfica’s Last 5
- Draw – 2-2 vs. Boavista
- Win – 2-1 vs. Santa Clara
- Win – 1-3 vs. Tondela
- Loss – 1-2 vs. Gil Vicente
- Draw – 0-2 vs. Arouca
Why is Ajax a safe bet to win?
Ajax is as hot as any team in the Champions League Round of 16. The top team in the Dutch Eredivisie hasn’t ceded a goal in their last 4 matches. The lone goal they’ve ceded in their last 5 games happened versus second-place Eredivisie team PSV Eindhoven. In their last 4, Ajax has outscored their opponents 14 goals to 0.
Manchester United’s Last 5
- Win – 0-1 vs. Willem II
- Win – 5-0 vs. FC Twente
- Win – 5-0 vs. Vitesse
- Win – 3-0 vs. Heracles Almelo/li>
- Win – PSV Eindhoven
Benfica vs. Ajax Betting Prediction
This happens on Benfica’s field, which is one of the reasons they’re not as big of an underdog. If this happened on Ajax’s field, forget it. We’d have to play the team from Amsterdam on the handicap.
Based on recent play, Ajax is a solid pick to get the victory in regulation. No doubt, Benfica will play hard, but Ajax is good enough to win the Champions League. During the group stage, the best team in the Eredivisie blasted Dortmund 4-0 and 3-1 and beat Sporting CP 5-0 and 4-1.
Ajax’s winning streak is 10 games strong. During the streak, Ajax has yielded a single goal. Yes, you read that correctly. PSV Eindhoven is the only team to score a goal against Ajax in 10 straight games.
How dominant has Ajax played? The team from Amsterdam has outscored their last 10 opponents a combined 39-to-1. Again, Benfica is a good team, but Ajax has become one of the top clubs in the world. They’ll win this by at least 2 goals and could win by 3 or even 4.
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