The second week of Champions League action since it has resumed takes place this week. One of the standout sides from the group stages will be looking to continue their fine form on Wednesday evening, as they travel to Portugal to take on Benfica.
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It could be a very exciting second half to the campaign for Ajax, as the Dutch side have impressed in the Champions League throughout this season. The Dutch champions breezed through the group stages, and are one of the dark horses to win the Champions League this term.
Ajax finished top of Group C in commanding fashion, as they finished with six wins from six. On paper, it looked to be a fairly difficult draw for the Dutch side, as they came up against Sporting Lisbon, Borussia Dortmund and Besiktas. However, they never looked in danger of elimination, as they scored a group high of 20 goals and allowed just five goals.
They picked up three victories in the games that they played away from home, which included a 5-1 win against Sporting Lisbon on their previous visit to Portugal earlier in the season.
Benfica produced one of the shocks of the group stages, as they managed to finish Group E in second place. The Portuguese side finished behind Bayern Munich, but a point clear of Spanish giants Barcelona.
They played incredibly well throughout the group stages, with their standout win coming against Barcelona in Portugal. It was their biggest European win in years, as they claimed a famous 3-0 success against the Catalonian giants. In the end, they finished a point ahead of Barcelona to reach the knockout stage.
Benfica vs Ajax Head to Head
Benfica picked up a win against Ajax in the first meeting played between the sides in 1969. However, since then, they are winless in their last six. Ajax have a fine record on the road in this fixture, as they are unbeaten in their last three. Benfica also have a poor record against Dutch sides, as they have picked up just two wins in their last eleven attempts.
Benfica vs Ajax Prediction
Ajax looks to have all the tools to go deep in the Champions League this season, and we struggle to see past them winning this fixture due to their excellent record against Benfica. A strong advantage in the tie could be claimed by the Dutch side on Wednesday.
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