UCL 2021-22: Ajax vs Benfica prediction and betting tips (March 15)
Ajax host Benfica for the return leg of their Round of 16 clash of this season’s UCL. Both teams shared the spoils in their first leg. Who will qualify for the next round? De Godenzonen or the Aguias?
Ryan Gravenberch (Ajax) scored a match-winning goal against Cambuur in the last game
Ryan Gravenberch (Ajax) scored a match-winning goal against Cambuur in the last game

Ajax face Benfica in Round of 16 of the 2021-22 Champions League season.

The match is scheduled to start at 8:00 p.m. GMT on Tuesday, 15 March 2022. The match venue is Johan Cruijff Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Betting tips and match predictions for the Ajax vs Benfica (March 15) game are available in this article. A preview of the latest betting odds, key stats, team news and projected starting lineups are up next

Ajax vs Benfica latest odds on betting sites

Ajax to win odds are priced at 1.40 (-250 American; 2/5 Fractional), the odds for a draw are priced at 5.00 (+400; 4/1), while Benfica to win odds are priced at 7.00 (+600; 6/1).

The chances of these outcomes are as follows: Ajax — 66%, draw — 20%, Benfica — 14%.

Latest betting odds on Ajax vs Benfica (15 March 2022):

  • Over 2.5 goals — 1.33 (-300; 1/3)
  • Under 2.5 goals — 3.40 (+240; 12/5)
  • Asian handicap (-1.5) on Ajax — 2.00 (+100; evens)
  • Asian handicap (+1.5) on Benfica — 1.89 (-112; 25/28)
  • Both teams to score (Yes) — 1.50 (-200; 1/2)
  • Both teams to score (No) — 2.50 (+150; 3/2)

Ajax vs Benfica match preview and statistics

Ajax have three wins, a draw and a loss in their previous five matches. They are on a three-game winning streak ahead of this match. De Godenzonen beat Cambuur 3-2 in their last match thanks to a clutch goal from Ryan Gravenberch in the dying minutes.

Dusan Tadic opened the scoring in the third minute with a right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal, assisted by Ryan Gravenberch with a cross. Sebastian Haller doubled the lead in the 40th minute from very close range to the bottom left corner, assisted by Gravenberch.

Issa Kallon pulled one back in the 48th minute with a left footed shot from very close range to the top right corner, following a corner. Patrick Joosten made it 2-2 in the 79th minute with a right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner, assisted by Mitchel Paulissen.

Ryan Gravenberch scored the game winner in the 90+2 minute with a stunning strike far outside the box to the top right corner, Haller got credit for the assist. Top stats: 71% possession, 3.26 expected goals (xG), 25 total shots, four big chances, 616 accurate passes, 89% pass accuracy, nine fouls committed, five corners, one yellow card.

Ajax team news: Jay Gorter, Maarten Stekelenburg, Remko Pasveer and Sean Klaiber are sidelined due to injuries.

Benfica are unbeaten in their last seven matches with four wins and three draws. They drew 1-1 with Vizela in their last match.

The Aguias were reduced to 10-men in the eighth minute as Adel Taarabt was shown the red card. Vizela went on to take the lead in the 65th minute as Cassiano opened the scoring with a right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner, assisted by Koffi Kouao.

Henrique Araujo equalized in the 75th minute with a left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Darwin Nunez played games by numbers, took seven shots, gave two key passes, completed 3/5 dribbles, two clearances, one tackle, was fouled three times and won 10 duels.

Team statistics: 52% possession, 3.25 expected goals (xG), 22 total shots, four big chances, nine shots on target, 434 accurate passes, 88% pass accuracy, eight fouls committed, two offsides, nine corners, two yellow cards and a red card.

Benfica team news: no player is injured or suspended for this game.

Ajax vs Benfica H2H

Ajax remained unbeaten against Benfica in their last four meetings, with two wins and two draws. Both teams have drawn two back-to-back meetings. Benfica drew 2-2 with Ajax in the first leg of this clash. Dusan Tadic and Sebastian Haller scored for the Dutch side, while Haller’s own goal and Roman Yaremchuk’s equalizer levelled the game.

Ajax vs Benfica lineups and key players

Ajax projected starting lineup:

  • Andre Onana
  • Noussair Mazraoui
  • Jurrien Timber
  • Lisandro Martinez
  • Daley Blind
  • Davy Klaassen
  • Edson Alvarez
  • Steven Berghuis
  • Anthony
  • Sebastien Haller
  • Dusan Tadic

Ryan Gravenberch is the key player to watch out for. He had a top performance in their last match against Cambuur with two assists and a match-winning goal. Gravenberch gave three key passes, completed 2/2 dribbles, one tackle, one clearance and won three duels.

Benfica projected starting lineup:

  • Odisseas Vlachodimos
  • Valentino Lazaro
  • Morato
  • Jan Vertonghen
  • Alex Grimaldo
  • Julian Weigl
  • Adel Taarabt
  • Everton
  • Rafa Silva
  • Darwin Nunez
  • Goncalo Ramos

Rafa Silva is the key player to watch out for. He had a good performance in the first leg against Ajax, gave six key passes, completed two dribbles, won five duels with five ball recoveries. Silva has two goals in Europe this season. Expecting him to get goal involvement in this match.

Ajax vs Benfica predictions and betting tips

Ajax are on a three-match winning streak ahead of the return leg, while Benfica's unbeaten streak extends to seven matches. Both teams are in good form which makes it hard to say who you will pick as the winner.

Let’s analyse their previous games, Gravenberch stepped up and scored a late winner for them not to drop points, while the latter settled for a draw. Even with this, Benfica’s performance was crazy, had a 3.25 xG, had nine shots on target and created four big chances. This gameplay still put them levelled against Ajax.

Both sides have drawn each of their last two meetings, they drew 2-2 in the opening leg in Portugal. Predictions for this match are Ajax to qualify, and both teams to score. De Godenzonen haven’t lost in seven home games, which is a pretty good record. Also, the hosts have conceded two goals in each of their last two matches.

Betting prediction: Ajax to win

Odds: 1.40 (-250 American; 2/5 Fractional)

Betting prediction: Both teams to score (Yes)

Odds: 1.50 (-200 American; 1/2 Fractional)

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