Our prediction for this Champions League match:
Ajax will be aiming to book their place in the Champions League quarter-finals when they host Benfica to their Johan Cruijff Arena on Tuesday night. The Amsterdammers have been scoring goals for fun of late, and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play. All Remko Pasveer, Sean Klaiber, and Maarten Stekelenburg are out of contention with injuries, while Mohammed Ihattaren is a major doubt.
The Eagles, on the other hand, came from behind to hold Ajax to a 2-2 draw in Lisbon, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in Tuesday’s clash. Considering that Dusan Tadic and Co. are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we predict that the visitors will return to Portugal empty-handed. As for the visiting side, all Lucas Verissimo, Rodrigo Pinho, and Haris Seferovic are sidelined with injuries.
Highlighted Player (Steven Berghuis):
Born in Apeldoorn, Netherlands on December 19, 1991, Steven Berghuis is a Dutch winger who plays for Ajax in the Eredivisie. Berghuis played for the likes of Vitesse/AGOVV, WSV Apeldoorn, and Go Ahead Eagles during his youth career before joining Twente in 2009.
The 183-cm-tall footballer continued playing for the Reds at senior level. After ending his loan spell with VVV-Venlo, Steven Berghuis joined AZ Alkmaar in the summer of 2012, and three years later signed a deal with the Premier League club Watford. After making no more than nine appearances in the English top flight, Berghuis moved to Feyenoord in August 2016, and he has been playing De club aan de Maas ever since.
His main position is right winger, but he is capable of producing fine displays as both left winger and attacking midfielder as well. He made his Netherlands debut on May 27, 2016 in a 1-1 draw with the Republic of Ireland.
Highlighted Team (Benfica):
Member of the ‘Big Three’ clubs in Portugal alongside FC Porto and CP Sporting, Sport Lisboa e Benfica are the football club that has never been relegated from the Primeira Liga. The club is nicknamed Aguias because of the Eagle symbol atop the club’s crest. Benfica play their home games at the Estadio da Luz which replaced the original one in 2003 and which boasts the capacity of more than 64,000. Arguably the most successful club in Portugal, Benfica have won a record of 35 Primeira Liga titles and also a record 25 Taca de Liga and 7 Taca da Liga trophies.
Two-time European Cup winners, Benfica are the club known for their diligent work with youth players, many of which went on to make great careers abroad. The most prominent players to wear a Benfica shirt are legendary Eusebio, Manuel Bento, Jorge Tavares and most recently Javier Saviola, Nuno Gomes, David Luiz and Angel Di Maria.