Ajax vs Benfica Betting Tips
In their last game before Tuesday’s duel, Ajax thrashed Heerenveen 4-0 on Saturday, October 20, for the ninth round of the Dutch Championship extending to five (four wins and a draw) their games without defeat. With 22 points (seven wins, one draw and one defeat), the team of the capital remains in the vice-leadership of the competition. This five points behind the PSV, leader.
The confrontation with Benfica comes before an important meeting at Eredivise. Next Sunday, August 28, Ajax will host Feyennord, who is in third place with 20 points. This may even influence the decisions of coach Erik Tem Hag when it comes to defining the lineup in relation to injured athletes.
That should mean that two players considered starters will most likely not be used in Tuesday’s game gaining a few more days to recover for Sunday’s classic. They are Argentine defender Nicolas Tagliafico (seven games in the Dutch 2018/2019 season without a goal) and Moroccan midfielder Noussair Mazroui (eight games, no goal).
The much calmer local schedule allowed Benfica to use a different strategy for Tuesday’s match. As there was no round of the Portuguese Championship the weekend, the Lisbon team anticipated for Thursday, October 18, their match against semiamador Sertanense for the third round of the Portuguese Cup. In training rhythm, he won by 3 to 0.
The confrontation served for the Brazilian Jonas, who had few opportunities to play in the season due to chronic problems of back pain, to score his first goal signaling as soon as he is ready to help his team more.
To face Ajax, coach Rui Vitoria will not be able to count on defender Rui Dias (seven Portuguese 2018/2019 matches without a goal). He is suspended for being sent off in the match in which Benfica defeated AEK, 3-2 in the second round.
It will not be the only casualty. Due to the injuries, defenders Tyronne Ebuehi (still without performances in the current season) and Jardel (six games, no goal) are also out of action. There is still doubt about the Spanish Alex Grimaldo (seven games, one goal). He will undergo a new evaluation that will determine if he can be available for departure.
View Ajax vs Benfica H2H stats and more
The teams have already met twice, but in friendly matches. In 2009, Benfica won 3-2. In 2014, Ajax scored 1-0.Ajax have shown a fairly solid football despite the youth of their cast. It has creative features and enough offensive speed to overcome the likely defensive lock that Benfica should try to set up in Amsterdam in the quest to return to Lisbon with at least one more point in the account. Thus, the prognosis in the victory of the Dutch team seems to be the best option for the confrontation of this Tuesday.
Bet Tips: Ajax