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Benfica vs Ajax: UCL Match Preview, Lineups, And Dream11 Team Prediction

Benfica vs Ajax is the upcoming Round of 16 match as The Glorioso Host the Godenzonen at Estádio do SL Benfica on 24th February.

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Benfica vs Ajax is the upcoming Round of 16 match as The Glorioso Host the Godenzonen at Estádio do SL Benfica on 24th February. Read the full match preview, lineups, and Dream11 team prediction. 

Match Preview:

Two strong yet underdog teams are going head-to-head with each other for their Round of 16 clashes in the UCL. 

Porto finished second in Group E to jump into the knockout stage, while their opponents swiftly qualified through Group C without dropping any points.

Benfica vs Ajax: Round of 16 - UCL Match Details

Date- 24/02/2021

Time- 1:30 AM

Venue- Estádio do SL Benfica, Portugal

Where to watch in India- Sony Network and Jio TV

Referee- Slavko Vinčić (Slovenia)

Assistant Referees- Tomaž Klančnik (Slovenia), Andraž Kovačič (Slovenia)

Team News: Benfica vs Ajax

SL Benfica:

The Gloriosos were named in a group where it is hard to survive as the likes of Bayern Munich and Barcelona were there. However, this team pulled off something that was not easily expected as this team took down Barcelona by 3-0. And after their grind, they finally finished second to move further ahead.

The Portuguese giant entered the UCL competition following a 2-2 draw with Boavista in Liga Primera. Benfica is currently sitting at 3rd with 12 points off the top spot.

Suspensions:

No one is suspended for the upcoming fixture. However, Julian Weigl, Nicolas Otamendi, Joao Mario, Rafa Silva, and Alex Grimaldo have to be very careful as a yellow to any of them will mean that they will sit out for the 2nd leg.

Injuries/doubtful: 

Haris Seferovic, Rodrigo Pinho, and Lucas Verissimo are all together in the infirmary. However, Ande Almeida has also picked up a fresh back problem and is the latest addition.

Comebacks:

Benfica has all of its players available for selection.

SL Benfica's recent form in all competitions:

2-2 draw against Boavista

2-1 win over CD Santa Clara

3-1 win over Tondela

2-1 defeat against Gil Vicente FC

1-2 defeat against Sporting CP

Benfica vs Ajax - Sportz Point

Photo Credit - Eurosport

Ajax FC:

The Godenzonen are one of the teams that have kept a 100% record in the group stages, amassing all 18 points. Ajax's most highlighted player was Sebastian Haller, who scored in all 6 matches. 

In Eredivisie, Ajax is having a great run as they sit at the top of the table with 57 points. In their last match, The Godenzonen won 1-0 against Willem II, Thanks to the only goal from Jurrien Timber.

Suspensions:

No one is suspended for the upcoming fixture.

Injuries/Doubtful:

Brian Brobbey and Maarten Stekelenburg are sitting out of the upcoming fixture. Jurrien Timber received a fresh calf issue after hitting the goal post in their recent fixture.

Comebacks:

Ajax has all their remaining players available for selection.

Ajax FC's recent form in all competitions:

0-1 win over Willem

5-0 win over FC Twente

5-0 win over Vitesse

3-0 win over Heracles Almelo

1-2 win over PSV Eindhoven

Benfica vs Ajax: Head-to-Head

Matches: 2

SL Benfica: 0

Ajax FC: 1

Draw: 1

Benfica vs Ajax: Possible Line-ups:

SL Benfica: Vlachodimos; Lazaro, Otamendi, Vertonghen, Grimaldo; Silva, Taarabt, Weigl, Everton; Yaremchuk, Nunez

Ajax: Pasveer; Mazraoui, Schuurs, Martinez, Blind; Alvarez, Klaassen; Antony, Berghuis, Tadic; Haller

SL Benfica vs Ajax FC: Dream11 Prediction:

Benfica vs Ajax - Sportz Point
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