The underdogs in the race for Champions League glory go head to head when Benfica meets Ajax at Estadio Da Luz.
Ajax romped through its group without a blemish to go six wins from six games and will be brimming with confidence coming into this first leg.
Benfica, meanwhile, finished second behind European giant Bayern Munich in its group and will be hoping to take advantage of its home fixture.
Benfica coach Nelson Verissimo seeks to steer his side through to the quarter-finals for the first time since 2015-16, but his first 10 games in the dugout – since the resignation of Jorge Jesus – have produced a mixed bag of results.
Indeed, the Portuguese giants enter the first leg on the back of a 2-2 league draw with Boavista and have won five of their 10 games under the 44-year-old’s tutelage so far, but they have not failed to score on their own turf in any competition since October.
They will surely find a way to the back of the net and can threaten Ajax based on its form against Barcelona in the group stages.
But Erik Ten Hag has the mind of a genius.
Ajax is the favourite in this first leg and have had big success in the Champions League in recent years.
Having the experience in these types of situations will prove pivotal.
Prediction: Benfica 1 Ajax 2
Suggested Bets: Ajax head to head at $1.80