These are the most important times in the year for football fans. February, March, April, in these months the summation of all attempts, heavy toils starts to come to an end. With a happy face for someone, a broken heart for the others. League competition is in the last stage, domestic cup events are on also. However, most important of all, Champions League matches take place in the midweek regularly in this part of the year. Knock-out rounds provide a thrill to the players and managers and a shiver flows through the spine of the fans. Ajax is going to host Benfica in such a blockbuster encounter on Tuesday night.
UEFA Champions League
Round of 16
|Time||Tuesday, 16 March|
|Venue||Johan Cruijff Arena|
|Live Stream||BT Sports (UK), DAZN, Stan Sports|
Four times European champion, Eredivisie’s side is one of the most glorious and historical teams in football. Under the stewardship of Erik Ten Hag, Ajax does really well. They won all six matches in the group round. Sebastian Haller scores 10 goals in that phase and is the highest goalscorer of the competition so far. Moreover, they are famous for their beautiful playing style and they mesmerized the world in this season too by their eye-catchy balling.
Nevertheless, the Portuguese side, Benfica has a rich history too in the continental tournament. At present, they are sitting 3rd in their league standing but they kicked Barcelona out of the group stage to secure the Knockout round. They fought well against the high-flying Dutch side and the result is even for both of them. Therefore, a mega match is waiting for true football fans, that’s for sure.
Ajax vs Benfica Head to Head:
Possible XI of Ajax vs Benfica :
Ajax: Pasveer, Blind, Martinez, Timber, Tagliafico, Gravenberch, Alvarez, Antony, Tadic, Berghuis, Haller.
Benfica: Vlachodimos, Vertonghen, Otamendi, Grimaldo, Gilberto, Silva, Everton, Bernardo, Yaremchuk, Nunes.
Probable Outcome: Ajax will qualify for the last 8.