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Liverpool vs Benfica betting tips: Champions League quarter-final second leg preview, predictions and odds

Liverpool vs Benfica betting tips: Champions League quarter-final second leg preview, predictions and odds
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Liverpool have only lost one of 12 home matches against Portuguese clubs, although that was a 2-0 win for Benfica in 2006. The Reds have won all 35 European ties when winning the first leg on the road. Benfica have lost 12 of 18 matches in England, winning just four. When losing the first leg at home, the Eagles have only advanced once in five attempts, producing a comeback against Dinamo Bucureşti in 1999.

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Both teams to score is 3/4.

Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals is 20/21.

Liverpool to win and over 2.5 goals is 8/13.

Liverpool to win and both teams to score is 6/4.

Luis Díaz is 11/2 to break the deadlock and 13/2 to net anytime. 

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Liverpool vs Benfica betting tips: Champions League quarter-final second leg preview, predictions and odds

STADIO GIUSEPPE MEAZZA, MILANO, ITALY – 2022/02/16: Thiago Alcântara of Liverpool looks on during the Uefa Champions League round of 16 first leg match between Fc Internazionale and Liverpool Fc . Liverpool Fc wins 2-0 over Fc Internazionale. (Photo by Marco Canoniero/LightRocket via Getty Images)

After a handsome victory in Lisbon last Tuesday, Liverpool return home in the box seat to reach the Champions League semi-finals.

Eight nights ago, at Estádio da Luz, it was the visitors who struck first when Ibrahima Konaté headed home his first goal for the club.

Then came a magnificent second when Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross-field pass was nodded down by Luis Díaz and tapped home by Sadio Mané.

Benfica were seemingly down and out but, just after half time, hope was restored with Rafa Silva’s cross converted by Darwin Núñez.

However, then came the potentially decisive moment of the tie.

With just three to play, Naby Keïta’s perfectly-weighted through-ball picked out Díaz who calmly rounded Odysseas Vlachodimos and scored.

3-1 it finished, securing Liverpool’s eighth successive away victory in all competitions, a new club-record.

Now, will the six-times European champions reach the semi-finals of this competition for the 12th time?

Since that victory in Portugal, Jürgen Klopp’s side have been involved in a top of the table clash in the Premier League.

On Sunday, the Reds came from behind twice to draw 2-2 with Manchester City at the Etihad; Diogo Jota and Sadio Mané both equalising in a frenetic game.

This leaves them just one point below the Citizens with seven matches to go.

Those two meet again on Saturday in the FA Cup semi-finals and, with the Carabao Cup already in the bag, Liverpool are still one for a quadruple.

In UEFA competition under Klopp, they’ve either reached the final or lost to a Madrid-based side, winning the 2019 final in the Spanish capital.

With Atlético and Real both on the other side of the draw, they’ll be hoping that statistic remains true.

Benfica meanwhile are dreaming of their first semi-final appearance in this competition since 1990, falling at this stage on four occasions since then.

To get this far, as Águias have already beaten PSV Eindhoven, Barcelona and Ajax, so are looking to defeat another former European champion.

Domestically, Nélson Veríssimo’s side sit third in the Primeira Liga, despite Saturday’s 3-1 victory over Belenenses, in which Núñez scored a hat-trick.

Will Liverpool set up a semi-final showdown with Bayern Munich or Villarreal by seeing this one through at Anfield?

Liverpool team news

Liverpool vs Benfica betting tips: Champions League quarter-final second leg preview, predictions and odds

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – MARCH 02: Ibrahima Konaté of Liverpool looks on during the Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round match between Liverpool and Norwich City at Anfield on March 2, 2022 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

After this tie, Jürgen Klopp’s side face Manchester City at Wembley before taking on Manchester United at home; the big games just keep on coming.

At centre-back, Ibrahima Konaté has started four of the last five Champions League games, but has only made eight Premier League appearances all season.

So, he could return as Virgil van Dijk’s partner, giving Joël Matip a breather.

In midfield, Fabinho, Thiago and Jordan Henderson is the first-choice trio, demonstrated by the fact they started on Sunday.

But, it would be no surprise if Naby Keïta was rotated in; Curtis Jones and James Milner are also options.

Likewise, up front, Klopp has five players vying for three positions.

Luis Díaz and Roberto Firmino were the substitutes at the weekend with Mo Salah, Sadio Mané and Diogo Jota given the nod.

None of the 24 different attacking combinations would be a surprise.

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Liverpool vs Benfica betting tips: Champions League quarter-final second leg preview, predictions and odds

LISBON, PORTUGAL – APRIL 05: Darwin Núñez of Benfica celebrates after scoring their side’s first goal during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Leg One match between SL Benfica and Liverpool FC at Estadio da Luz on April 05, 2022 in Lisbon, Portugal. (Photo by Carlos Rodrigues – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

Darwin Núñez is Benfica’s main man, having scored five goals in three appearances since the international break, taking his tally to 31 for the season.

He and Gonçalo Ramos could continue to lead the line, chosen over Roman Yaremchuk and fit again Haris Seferović.

In support from wider positions will be Éverton and Rafa Silva.

Furtther back, former Queens Park Rangers man Adel Taarabt and Julian Weigl will be looking to dictate midfield.

Experienced centre-back duo of Nicolás Otamendi and Jan Vertonghen will continue at the heart of defence, with Lucas Veríssimo a long-term absentee.

Liverpool FC vs Benfica Lisbon form
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Liverpool FC vs Real Madrid - 0:1
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Liverpool FC vs Wolverhampton Wanderers - 3:1
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Southampton FC vs Liverpool FC - 1:2
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Chelsea FC vs Liverpool FC - 0:0
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Aston Villa vs Liverpool FC - 1:2
Latest match form, last 5 games:
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FC Pacos Ferreira vs Benfica Lisbon - 0:2
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Benfica Lisbon vs FC Porto - 0:1
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Maritimo Madeira vs Benfica Lisbon - 0:1
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Benfica Lisbon vs FC Famalicao - 0:0
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Sporting Lisbon vs Benfica Lisbon - 0:2
Last 5 games for Liverpool FC
May 28, 2022 UEFA Champions League 21/22 Liverpool FC 0  - 1 Real Madrid
May 22, 2022 Premier League 21/22 Liverpool FC 3  - 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
May 17, 2022 Premier League 21/22 Southampton FC 1  - 2 Liverpool FC
May 14, 2022 FA Cup 21/22 Chelsea FC 0  - 0 Liverpool FC
May 10, 2022 Premier League 21/22 Aston Villa 1  - 2 Liverpool FC
Last 5 games for Benfica Lisbon
May 13, 2022 Primeira Liga 21/22 FC Pacos Ferreira 0  - 2 Benfica Lisbon
May 7, 2022 Primeira Liga 21/22 Benfica Lisbon 0  - 1 FC Porto
April 30, 2022 Primeira Liga 21/22 Maritimo Madeira 0  - 1 Benfica Lisbon
April 23, 2022 Primeira Liga 21/22 Benfica Lisbon 0  - 0 FC Famalicao
April 17, 2022 Primeira Liga 21/22 Sporting Lisbon 0  - 2 Benfica Lisbon
Liverpool FC vs Benfica Lisbon UEFA Champions League 21/22 form
Liverpool FC Benfica Lisbon
15 Matches played 16
10 Matches won 6
204 Goal attempts 79
84 Shots on goal 34
69 Shots off goal 27
92 Corner kicks 32
51% Average ball possession 26%
51 Shots blocked 18
15 Cards given 20
175 Free kicks 178
26 Offsides 20
1 Shots on post 2
5 Shots on bar 1
22 Goals by foot 10
6 Goals by head 3
30 Goals scored 20
14 Goals conceded 18
Liverpool FC vs Benfica Lisbon statistics for most recent head to head matches
Liverpool FC Benfica Lisbon
6 Matches 6
3 Home Matches 3
3 Away Matches 3
11 Total Goals 10
1.83 Average Goals Scored 1.67
2 Wins 3
3 Losses 2
1 Draws 1
Last 5 games & match results between Liverpool FC and Benfica Lisbon
April 13, 2022 UEFA Champions League 21/22 Liverpool FC 3  - 3 Benfica Lisbon
April 5, 2022 UEFA Champions League 21/22 Benfica Lisbon 1  - 3 Liverpool FC
April 8, 2010 UEFA Europa League 09/10 Liverpool FC 4  - 1 Benfica Lisbon
April 1, 2010 UEFA Europa League 09/10 Benfica Lisbon 2  - 1 Liverpool FC
March 8, 2006 Champions League 05/06 Liverpool FC 0  - 2 Benfica Lisbon

Premier League table:

# Team MP W D L F A D P
1 AFC Bournemouth 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 Arsenal FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 Aston Villa 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 Brentford FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 Brighton & Hove Albion 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 Chelsea FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 Crystal Palace 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 Everton FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 Fulham FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 Leeds United 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 Leicester City 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 Liverpool FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 Manchester City 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 Manchester United 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
15 Newcastle United 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 Nottingham Forest 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
17 Southampton FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
18 Tottenham Hotspur 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
19 West Ham United 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
20 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Primeira Liga table:

# Team MP W D L F A D P
1 FC Porto 34 29 4 1 86 22 64 91
2 Sporting Lisbon 34 27 4 3 73 23 50 85
3 Benfica Lisbon 34 23 5 6 78 30 48 74
4 SC Braga 34 19 8 7 52 31 21 65
5 Gil Vicente Barcelos 34 13 12 9 47 42 5 51
6 Vitoria Guimarares 34 13 9 12 50 41 9 48
7 Santa Clara Azores 34 9 13 12 38 54 -16 40
8 FC Famalicao 34 9 12 13 45 51 -6 39
9 Estoril Praia 34 9 12 13 36 43 -7 39
10 Maritimo Madeira 34 9 11 14 39 44 -5 38
11 FC Pacos Ferreira 34 9 11 14 29 44 -15 38
12 Boavista Porto 34 7 17 10 39 52 -13 38
13 Portimonense SC 34 10 8 16 31 45 -14 38
14 FC Vizela 34 7 12 15 37 58 -21 33
15 FC Arouca 34 7 10 17 30 54 -24 31
16 Moreirense FC 34 7 8 19 33 51 -18 29
17 CD Tondela 34 7 7 20 41 67 -26 28
18 Belenenses Lisbon 34 5 11 18 23 55 -32 26
Last updated: 1 min ago

What time is kick off between Liverpool FC vs Benfica Lisbon?

19:00, Wednesday 13 April 2022