Benfica vs Borussia Dortmund
Competition: UEFA Champions League
Date: 14 February 2017
Kick-off: 20:45 CET
Benfica probably had the easiest ride to the round of 16 with a relatively easy group, and the fact that they snuck in behind Napoli, and now, they get to first face the partisan Dortmund at home in order to try and exact some sort of authority over the Germans.
Borussia meanwhile topped their group even over the likes of Real Madrid. They managed to walk way with 14 points thanks to four wins and two draws, cashing in points against minnows Sporting and Legia Warsaw. Dortmund of course were also quite impervious to danger at home with their yellow wall of fans, and their impressive strike force. Dortmund are also looking impressive in their domestic form and will be carrying that into what could well be a challenging away fixture, but still one they could easily draw, or even win, ahead of their return fixture in Germany.
Benfica’s only real chance of progressing past this stage is to make the best of their home leg as their form there has been impressive. In their 18 games at home all season they have lost just once, winning 14 and drawing three. Benfica managed to get through to the knockout stages with a paltry eight points, only a single point above Besiktas, so they may be a little out of their depths when tested against one of Germany’s top clubs, but if they do manage to keep riding their luck they could cause an upset at least at home in this fixture.
Benfica vs Borussia Dortmund: Group stage form
It was not a good campaign from Benfica in the Group Stages, they came second to Napoli as they managed just two wins and two draws, as well as two losses. This gave them only eight points and even their goals difference was unimpressive, scoring 10 and conceding the same.
Dortmund scored the most goals in the group stages with 21 goals as they topped ahead of Madrid, remaining undefeated. Dortmund managed to win four of their games and drew two, both to Madrid.
Benfica vs Borussia Dortmund: Prediction
The best Benfica can hope for at home really has to be a draw, but knowing Dortmund, that will be even tougher as the goals loving Germans will hound the Portuguese net. Benfica have not been the most solid at the back, and when they come up against the clinical Germans they will no doubt concede, and probably struggle to score.
Benfica vs Borussia Dortmund: Tips
Dortmund will definitely get a goal, maybe even two, so bet on that, the question will be if Benfica can match them with the goals.
- Draw at Half time @2.20
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