The Champions League is a clash of the best, especially in the play-offs. The first leg of the last eight will not be the most high-profile encounter, with Benfica and Ajax playing in Lisbon. But these are all popular clubs from their respective countries, and who, unlike Manchester City or PSG, have also won the UEFA Champions League. Who will be able to take the first step towards the quarter-finals on Wednesday? The analysts of the website have written the forecast for the match between the Portuguese and the Dutch on February 23, 2022. Full statistics and all current odds can be found at 1xbet nigeria.
Benfica are not having their best moment at the moment.
“Eagles” got off to a great start to the season. And, by the way, they got to the playoffs of the Champions League on that “shock” wave. The team looked very good in the European Cup, beginning with a confident demolition of Spartak Moscow in qualification, and ending with the fact that in the group they managed to get 4 points not only with Dynamo Kiev, but also with Barcelona. In the end, sensationally, the Portuguese came out of that quartet together with Bayern, not “more than a club”. That said, things deteriorated so badly in the Primera that the coach, Jesus, was sacked (which, however, did not help much). Non-sporting scandals have also emerged. Then there was the investigation into the transfer of Joao Felix for possible financial fraud. And last week the “case of Bruno Paixau” broke out, a judge who allegedly took money from the Lisbon club through a shell firm.
Ajax are finally among the play-off participants
The Red and Whites reminded themselves of themselves by reaching the Europa League final and, more importantly, in a dramatic loss to Tottenham in the Champions League 1/2 final. The best guys of that generation, De Jong and De Ligt, were instantly bought by the grands, with some other players – Ziesch, van de Beek – leaving a little later. Still, the fact that twice in a row after that there were only 3rd places in the groups, with a drop to the Europa League, was perceived as an outright failure, a serious misfire. And now, finally, it was possible to make up for it. The Netherlands’ flagship side missed out on their quartet rivals, picking up six wins in six rounds. And Sebastian Alle marked his tournament debut with 10 goals! In the Eredivisie too, all is well: 1st place with a lead over PSV and even more so over all the others. And only the scandalous dismissal of Overmars disturbs the overall picture of glory.
Ajax beat Benfica in the Champions Cup in 1972: 1-0 at home, 0-0 away. The situation was much the same in the autumn of 2018, only to be followed by a 1-1 win in Lisbon.
Benfica aren’t shining right now, while Ajax are really good. We’ll risk believing that the Dutch will go on to win (odds are 1.88).