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Portuguese club SL Benfica is all set to host Liverpool in what will be the first leg of the quarterfinals, in the UEFA Champions League.
Benfica fans will be pretty happy with the journey that their team has had in the Champions League 2021-22 season. After grinding through the qualifying rounds and the play-offs, Benfica faced Ajax in the round of 16 and advanced into the quarterfinals with an aggregate score of 3-2. Reaching the semi-final of the Champions League was always a dream and never really a realistic goal at the start but now it is within reach.
The success that it has had is in contrast to the troubles it has faced at home. In the domestic Primeira Liga, Benfica is currently in third place, trailing the leader Porto by 12 points. With just 7 games to go, the realistic goal would be to aim for a top 2 spot and qualify for the group stage in the next season of the Champions League.
Benfica has faced just 1 defeat in its last 13 games across competitions. Despite being in good form, most football betting sites are predicting a difficult outing for the hosts.
Liverpool on the other hand has been just unstoppable this season. After winning all 6 games in the group stages, Liverpool faced Inter Milan in the round of 16, where despite losing the second leg, it knocked out the Italian club with an aggregate score of 2-1. The club has also advanced into the semifinals of the FA Cup, where it is set to face Manchester City later this month. The Reds have had an exceptional run of form in the Premier League, where it has won each of its last 9 games, and are now just one point behind the reigning champions.
Match prediction and football betting tips for SL Benfica vs Liverpool F. C. UEFA Champions League 2021-22. The match is going to be played at Estadio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica, Lisbon, on 5th April 2022.
On paper, Liverpool looks to be a much stronger team than their hosts, and that will very well be the case on the field too. In the 4 away games that Liverpool has played in this season of the Champions League, it has scored an aggregate of 12 goals and conceded just 4.
There are quite a few players injured within the Benfica squad, including Lucas Verissimo, Haris Seferovic, and Rodrigo Pinho. However, a bigger cause of concern for coach Nelson Verissimo is that 7 of his first-team players are playing with two yellow cards, and a rough game could see a few of them sitting out of the second leg.
Jurgen Klopp has a relatively fit squad, with most players being available for selection.
Liverpool is likely to hold possession for a long period of time, finding the net multiple times, while Benfica is likely to struggle to score.
Bet on Liverpool to win.
Total Goals Over/Under 2.5
Over 2.5 @ 1.61
Liverpool has scored 19 goals in the 8 games in the Champions League, while Benfica has scored at least once in each of its last 19 games across competitions. Some of the best strikers in the game are going to be playing this game. There is also no doubt about the fact that Liverpool is going to want to lay down a marker in this match away from home. This is where the quarter-final could be won or lost!