Benfica take on the visitors Ajax at the Estadio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica in the Round 4 fixture of the UEFA Champions League Group E. The match will be played in Lisbon on Wednesday, November 7th.
Benfica have been on a three match losing streak recently. After the Aguias had lost to Ajax in the Round 3 of the UEFA Champions League Group E they lost to Moreirense in their local Primeira Liga with a 1-3 score in front of their home crowd. All of those failures were a sign of a bad shape for the team of Rui Vitoria. Now it is hard to predict how they will look like in their upcoming Round 4 fixture against the Dutch. It`s worth noting that the Encarnados have been struggling in the defense lately. They looked poor even against PAOK in the qualification play-offs of the tournament. It is unlikely that they will manage to improve their playing style immediately for the upcoming game. The only way for the Glorioso right now is to compete for the UEFA Europa League place in the Group E with AEK Athens. In their last three matches Benfica lost to Moreirense with a 1-3 score, to Belenenses with a 0-2 score and to Ajax with a 0-1 score in their UEFA Champions League Group E fixture. The team of Rui Vitoria has also had a 1/32-finals fixture of the Taca de Portugal recently where they have beaten Sertanense with a 3-0 score.
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Ajax have lost only three matches so far this season. Even Bayern Munich have been unable to beat them recently. The Sons of the Gods have been conceding zero goals for six matches in a row now. That has been an amazing progress for them in comparison to their defensive play from last season especially on the away fields. They have been undefeated so far this UEFA Champions League season. It`s worth noting that the team of Erik ten Hag would be okay with just drawing on Wednesday. In their last three matches Ajax beat Willem II with a 2-0 score, Go Ahead Eagles with a 3-0 score in the 1/16-finals of the KNVB Beker and Feyenoord with the same 3-0 score.
Benfica have been in a crisis period recently. Ajax on the other hand have been destroying their opponents match after match, they have been undefeated for a long time. Furthermore, the team of Erik ten Hag has been showing more stable performances than the team of Rui Vitoria. They could even try to beat Benfica on Wednesday but they should not lose to them in the Round 4 anyway.
Prediction for the match: Ajax to win with 0 handicap.