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Even after several teams have begun Round of 16 play in the 2022 UEFA Champions League, Ajax forward Sebastien Haller remains the top scorer in the competition with 10 goals. Ajax will visit Benfica in the first of two knockout round matches on Wednesday. The Dutch side has the second-highest possession rate in the Champions League, while Benfica has the sixth-lowest per-game average. You can see what happens in the first leg of their series when you stream the match live on Paramount+.

Kickoff from Estadio da Luz in Lisbon, Portugal, is set for 3 p.m. ET. Caesars Sportsbook lists Ajax as the -127 favorite (risk $127 to win $100) on the 90-minute money line in its latest Ajax vs. Benfica odds, while Benfica is a +325 underdog. A draw is priced at +290 and the over-under for total goals scored is 2.5. Wednesday's match will be streamed live on Paramount+ with their must-have Premium plan.

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How to watch Benfica vs. Ajax

  • Ajax vs. Benfica date: Wednesday, February 23
  • Ajax vs. Benfica time: 3 p.m. ET
  • Ajax vs. Benfica streaming: Paramount+

UEFA Champions League picks for Ajax vs. Benfica

Before you tune in to Wednesday's match, you need to see the Ajax vs. Benfica picks from SportsLine's European soccer insider Martin Green. After working in the sports betting industry for several years, Green became a professional sports writer and handicapper and has covered the game worldwide. Since then, his European soccer picks have been spot-on. Green has generated well over $37,000 for $100 bettors since the 2017-18 season, and he has his finger on the pulse of the game all over the globe.

For Ajax vs. Benfica, Green is picking both teams to score and for the final score to finish over 2.5 goals at +100 odds. Ajax should expect to score following its perfect run through Champions League group play and sheer dominance in its domestic league matches.

Benfica's last four games have ended with both sides scoring and going over 2.5 goals. Darwin Nunez will be the target player of concern for Ajax's defense, as he has scored an impressive 21 goals this season and four in his last four appearances for his club. Although he couldn't find the back of the net in his last start, he scored twice in his prior match against Santa Clara on February 12.

"[Benfica] has the firepower to cause Ajax problems in this game. Perhaps Ajax's only weakness is in goal, as first-choice Andre Onana is banned after mistakenly taking a banned substance, and backup Martin Stekelenburg is out for the season," Green told SportsLine. "That leaves 38-year-old veteran Remko Pasveer between the sticks."

How to watch, live stream UEFA Champions League on Paramount+

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