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Benfica vs Midtjylland betting tips: Champions League Third Qualifying Round First Leg preview, predictions and odds


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Benfica to win 2-0 against FC Midtjylland- 9/2!

Benfica have won all six European home games against Danish opposition.

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At 9/2, a £10 bet would return £55!

Benfica vs FC Midtjylland

August 02, 2022

8:00 pm BST

Match preview

Benfica are two-times champions of Europe, featuring in seven European Cup Finals, but once again need to win two qualifiers just to reach the group phase.

Having finished third in the Primeira Liga for a second successive season, the Eagles’ season begins in Champions League qualifying once again.

12 months ago, they overcame Spartak Moscow and PSV, before wins over Barcelona and Ajax took them all the way to the quarter-finals.

Now led by Roger Schmidt, Benfica would love something similar, first and foremost targeting an 18th Champions League group stage appearance.

Will the Portuguese giants establish a first leg lead at Estádio da Luz?

Midtjylland meantime entered in the previous round and, after both legs finished 1-1, needed a penalty shootout against AEK Larnaca.

The Danish side scored four of their five spot-kicks in Cyprus, but Elías Rafn Ólafsson was the hero, making the decisive save.

So, the Wolves are guaranteed a fourth UEFA group stage appearance, after the Champions League in 2020 and the Europa League in 2015 and last season.

Since that success, manager Bo Henriksen has been sacked after falling out with the players; far from ideal.

Thus, this makes a home win in Lisbon even more likely than it otherwise would be.

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