Soccer Selections: Bank on Ajax to Advance in UCL, Haller, Ronaldo to Score

Manchester United and Ajax face similar situations at home on Tuesday in the UEFA Champions League.

Both teams played to draws on the road in the first leg to have a good chance of closing out the matchups with wins on home soil.

Manchester United used an 80th-minute strike from Anthony Elanga to pull level with Atletico Madrid.

Ajax opened its first leg against Benfica with two early goals before it conceded twice to the Portuguese side.

The two home sides have a dominant goal scorer in common. Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the most prolific scorers in the competition's history and he traditionally hurts Atletico Madrid. Sebastian Haller has been on fire for Ajax and should be a force in the final third on Tuesday.

The form of Ronaldo and Haller combined with their UCL scoring records leads me to both of them to start off the UCL picks.

Soccer Selections

Overall Record: 123-132

Cristiano Ronaldo/Sebastian Haller Anytime Goal Scorer Parlay (+271)

Cristiano Ronaldo and Sebastian Haller have 17 goals between them in this season's Champions League.

Haller has been an unstoppable force for Ajax. He scored 10 goals in the group phase and he finished one goal in the first leg against Benfica.

Ronaldo is coming off a hat-trick against Tottenham Hotspur over the weekend and that should serve as the perfect confidence boost for himself and the Red Devils.

Ronaldo has 25 goals and four hat-tricks in his career against Atleti and he should be in better position to score against the Spanish side on Tuesday since United is playing at home.

Haller scored versus Benfica in the first leg and he should be at the center of many scoring chances as Ajax looks to confirm its spot in the final eight.

Both players are worth taking at their individual prices. Haller is -145 and Ronaldo is +120, but I'm doing this to get better value out of both players in a competition where the stars typically show up.

Ajax (-1.5) vs. Benfica

Ajax's first leg draw with Benfica was its first non-victory in Champions League play this season.

The Dutch champion outscored opponents 10-2 in three group-stage UCL contests against Besiktas, Borussia Dortmund and Sporting Lisbon.

Ajax got out to a fast start in the opening leg versus Benfica with two goals. An own goal in the 26th minute brought Benfica back into the two-legged round of 16.

If Ajax gets out to another fast start, it should be able to hold on to the advantage and pull away by multiple tallies, like it has in previous matches in the Champions League.

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