Here is the latest on the form and team news for both sides:
Benfica are embroiled in a three-way league title race involving Porto and Sporting Lisbon. They lie 9 points behind Porto, who sit atop the league standings but still have an outside chance if they can keep pressure on the league leaders.
In 23 matches played, they have 16 wins, 3 draws, and 4 losses. They have scored 60 goals and conceded 22, winning 3, drawing 1, and losing 1 of their last 5 fixtures. In Europe, Benfica’s form has been average, with 2 wins, 2 draws, and 2 losses in the group stages. They scored 7 goals and conceded 9, only qualifying ahead of a poor Barcelona team. Benfica’s top scorer is Darwin Nunez.
For their team news, Benfica have three players injured and unlikely to make the matchday squad. Seferovic Haris, Almeida Andre, and Lucas Verissimo are the injured players.
Ajax are in blazing form this season and sit atop the Dutch Eredivisie with 57 points from 23 games. Of their 23 league games this season, the Dutch champions have 18 wins, 3 draws, and 2 losses, scored 70 times and conceded only 5 goals.
In Europe, Ajax were one of the only 3 teams to achieve a 100% win record in the group stages— the other two being Bayern Munich and Liverpool. 6 games, 6 wins, 20 goals scored and 5 conceded is an incredible record by all standards, as they have not only been excellent going forward but also in defense.
Sebastian Haller is Ajax’s top goalscorer with 10 goals and 2 assists. For their team news, Ajax have no injuries to any member of their Champions League squad and will expect to travel to Lisbon with their full team.