Benfica Must Pull Off a Big Upset to Deprive Liverpool of the UCL Semi-finals
Liverpool F.C are ready to welcome Benfica for the 2nd leg of their Champions League quarter-final draw in what looks like a straight-forward win for the English team, barring a hefty upset.
Benfica come into the game following a 3-1 victory against the Belenenses in the Primeira Liga while Liverpool will be recovering from a 2-2 English Premier League draw with Manchester City.
Read on for top football betting tips and predictions on the Liverpool vs Benfica clash.
Liverpool vs Benfica Head-to-Head & Form
In 11 H2H encounters, the Reds claimed victory seven times compared to four wins by Benfica. Their last meeting occurred in the reverse leg, where Liverpool won 3-1. Darwin Nunez scored the single goal for Benfica while Liverpool players Luis Diaz, Sadio Mane and Ibrahima Konate scored winning goals for their team. But away goals being taken out of the competition somewhat gives Benfica a glimmer of hope.
It’s been two decades since the Reds faced elimination from the knockout stage of the Champions League following a victory in the first round, and it doesn’t look like they’ll be breaking that record anytime soon. Recent Liverpool fixtures have shown a strong squad, with an unbeaten streak of 6 matches across all competitions with 12 goals scored and 3 conceded.
Liverpool form guide: D-W-W-W-W-W-L
Benfica form guide: W-L-L-W-W-D-W
Key Match Facts
- Liverpool C have scored at least one goal for 6 straight games with a total of 84 shots in those games.
- Alisson has displayed bad form in UCL and conceded at least 1 goal in 8 out of 9 games this season
- Benfica have managed to find the net in19 games in a row while letting 21 goals in.
- On average, the Reds score 2.4 goals while Benfica score 1.3 goals in their matches.
- Both teams have disciplined players and receive an average of less than 1.5 cards per match.
- Overall, Liverpool results are better than those of Benfica’s across different competitions.
Liverpool vs Benfica Team News
In Liverpool news, Jurgen Klopp can choose from a fully fit squad as there are no injury and suspension troubles to report. Klopp will likely keep Mohamed Salah in the line-up, who’s only one goal shy of becoming the team’s record goal-scorer in the Champions League at Anfield. Luiz Diaz and Roberto Firmino may be back in the XI as well.
As for Benfica, interim manager Nelson Verissimo will also have most of his big-hitters available, with the exception of striker Rodrigo Pinho and centre-back Lucas Verissimo. The Benfica line-up will likely consist of the likes of Jan Vertonghen, Goncalo Ramos, Julian Weigl, Rafa Silva and Alex Grimaldo.
Liverpool vs Benfica Betting Tips
With a significant gap being created in the first round, we see Liverpool easily proceeding to the next round despite Benfica’s goal threat.
Tip 1: Liverpool to win
Tip 2: Both teams to score
Tip 3: Over 2.5 goals
Tip 4: Mohamed Salah to score anytime
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