One of the best teams in this Champions League will have to visit Lisbon to face one of the most defensive teams. Benfica knocked out Barcelona and now wants to take on another historic team – Playon99 News
By Facundo Di Bona (@facudibona).
Benfica – Ajax (1:30 AM)
At first glance, it does not look like a great match, but this Champions League Round of 16 has in store for us one of the most even and attractive matches of this phase.
Benfica, who have just knocked Barcelona out of the UEFA Europa League, proved that they can be one of the toughest teams in this tournament, and in the famous Playoffs they can become even stronger because of their style of play.
Benfica vs Ajax tonight? Good enough excuse to pull out this picture of Eusebio and Cruyff on vacation back in the day ? pic.twitter.com/aewQklQCd5
— 433 (@433) February 23, 2022
Nélson Veríssimo, coach of the Portuguese team, will have his debut in the tournament since in the group stage Jorge Jesus was the one who led them to advance to the next round and to form an idea of a team that is well glued, in block and fast in counterattacks.
The central defensive duo of Nicolás Otamendi and Jan Vertonghen is a real killer and further back there is the Greek wall, Odysseas Vlachodimos, goalkeeper chosen in the ideal eleven of the group stage.
Darwin Nunez, the Uruguayan striker, is the most important card in attack, accompanied by Rafa Silva, while Haris Seferovic suffered an injury in January that prevented him from being present.
Two-time European champions Benfica are taking on four-time holders Ajax.
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Ajax was not only one of the best teams in the tournament, but also took all possible points in their group with 6 wins in 6 matches.
Sebastien Haller, the Ivorian striker, is the top scorer in the Champions League with 10 goals in 6 games. Completely crazy that he has scored in every match of the tournament.
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Lisandro Martinez established himself as a starting center-back in the Dutch team, displacing Daley Blind to the left-wing. Further forward, Antony and Dusan Tadic are the players with the skill to unlock a game that will have the Portuguese closed at the back.
In any case, Ajax is dragging a series of unpleasant events. As we told you on PlayOn99 News, Bogard, assistant coach Erik ten Hag, was accused of sexual harassment, weeks after Marc Overmars was ousted as sporting director.
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Benfica: Vlachodimos; Lazaro, Otamendi, Vertonghen, Grimaldo; Mário, Taarabt, Weigl, Bernardo; Silva, Núñez.
Ajax: Pasveer; Mazraoui, Timber, Martinez, Blind; Klaassen, Alvarez, Berghuis; Antony, Haller, Tadic.
Duels in phases like this usually leave very even odds, but this is not the case: Benfica pays 4.80, draws 4.10 and Ajax wins 1.70 odds. This is due to the great run of the Dutch and that the locals were second in their group, but it does not reflect the difference between these teams.
Benfica will be completely closed at the back and should not concede as many goals or even any, so Benfica draw no bet at odds of 3.70 is a tempting option.
Are players likely to be cautioned? Nicolas Otamendi (2.75), Alex Grimaldo (4.50), Jan Vertonghen (4.00) and Daley Blind (6.00).
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