Midtjylland and Benfica clash this Tuesday at the Randers Arena in the UEFA Champions League qualifiers. This is the second leg of their matchup, with the first one ending 4-1 in Benfica’s favor. The Eagles were much better than their counterparts, missing a chance to post an even higher triumph. For many, this is an already closed story, which ends with Benfica’s advance to the playoffs. But for us, it is a chance to earn some money, so stay tuned with us in the next five minutes.
Midtjylland (+400) allowed seven goals in the past two games, and that is a trend that worries their fans before the rematch with Benfica. After 4-1 in Lisbon, they played 3-3 in the domestic championship against Lyngby.
Overall, the Danish champions play open and aggressive football, which causes goals on both ends of the field. Midtjylland played seven competitive games this year, and in all of them, we saw both teams scoring. In recent times, the overall efficiency was pretty high, and the latest three events saw five or more hits.
Though, outside Denmark, this team isn’t very confident. We’ve seen them struggling against AEK Larnaca in the previous round of the UCL qualifiers, and to be honest, they didn’t deserve to advance to this round. Yet, the luck during the penalty shootout was on their side.
Benfica (-165) smashes and bashes anything and anyone that stands in its way. Counting in all the preseason games, they have seven straight wins. And not only that, only once did the Eagles not cover a -1.5 spread.
Their rivals were teams like Newcastle, Girona, Nice, and Fulham, and this clearly suggests that the Portuguese powerhouse has a pretty powerful team. They invested the money from Darwin Nunez’s transfer wisely and are now storming towards another UCL group stage.
Latest six of their contests were all with three or more goals, the previous five saw over 3.5, all with both teams netting. This is all you need to know about Benfica and its style of play.
The hosts can’t count on Evander, who is injured.
Benfica can’t count on Lucas Verissimo.
Head to Head Games
Benfica was very confident in the first leg, beating the rivals 4-1. The Eagles were up 3-0 after the opening half, routinely ending the game without losing too much of their energy.
The best player on the pitch was Goncalo Ramos, who scored a hat-trick, dominating against any of the rivals on the other side. The newcomer, David Neres, posted two assists, both to Ramos.
We expect to see a high-scoring affair here, with both teams wanting to score. Midtjylland has no other option but to attack and try to at least win this game if they can’t advance to the next stage. Meanwhile, Benfica’s approach will stay the same. The Eagles are always offensive-minded, especially in situations when they have the advantage in quality over other teams. Our pick for Tuesday night will be over 2.5 goals, with the odds for that currently settled at -195. Those who are feeling courageous can go with four or more hits.
Pick: Over 2.5 goals -195
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