Take a look at the latest form and team news for Ajax Amsterdam and SL Benfica.
Ajax are one of the highest-scoring teams in Europe this season, having already scored 77 goals in the Dutch Eredivisie alone. A frontline of Haller, Tadic, Antony, and others are exciting to watch on a good day, and their goal-scoring prowess explains their 5-point lead at the top of their league table.
In Europe, they had a 100% record in the group stages, winning all 6 games, and played out a 2-2 draw against Benfica in Portugal. They are on a 3-match winning run and are full of confidence going into this crucial fixture. Ivorian striker Sebastian Haller is in the form of his life with 11 goals and 2 assists in the UCL.
For injuries and suspensions, Noussair Mazraoui and Pasveer Remko will miss Benfica’s visit, and Mohammed Ihattaren is also a doubt to feature as he is yet to attain match fitness.
Benfica travel to the Netherlands with a record of 1 draw and 2 wins since the 2-2 draw with Ajax. They are third in the league, 9 points behind Porto, who occupy the top spot, and 3 points behind Sporting Lisbon, who occupy the final Champions League qualification position.
Benfica boast the highest goal tally in the Primeira Liga, which makes their clash with Ajax even more exciting, as both teams are in excellent goalscoring form. In Europe, however, they have not been able to replicate that form, with only 7 goals scored in the group stages. Darwin Nunez is their top scorer with 3 UCL goals this season.
For their team news, Benfica will most likely travel without Seferovic Haris, Lucas Verissimo, Rodrigo Pinho, and Roman Yaremchuk, who have picked up knocks of various degrees.