Place: Stadium “Estádio da Luz”, Lisbon.
Start: on the 14 th of February, Tuesday 2017. Match start: 21:45 (GMT+2).
Tournament: Champions League. Play-off. 1/8 finals. First matches.
squad for match Benfica – Borussia D
“Benfica”: César, - Semedo, Luisao, Lindelöf , Almeida –Samaris, Cervi, Zivkovic, Pizzi,- Jonas, Mitroglou
D: Bürki,- Piszczek, Sokratis, Schmelzer, Ginter, - Schürrle,
Weigl, Castro, Reus, - Aubameyang, Götze
One of the pair of 1/8 finals of the Champions League consists of Benfica, Lisbon and Borussia, Dortmund. The first match will be held in Portugal on the 14 th of February and will start at 21:45 (GMT+2).
Benfica with great difficulty has reached the play off. The team has gained only 8 points and takes the second line in the quartet B, being ahead of Beşiktaş, Turkey only with one point. Moreover, during the last round Benfica had all chances to miss the play off, but Dynamo Kiev has won over Beşiktaş with one point and gave the chance to Benfica. But further horizons for this club are rather foggy.
Borussia Dortmund became the winner of the group F, in which Real, Madrid considered to be a favorite. But Borussia has shown more confident game and became the highest-scoring team during the group stage. Also Sporting, Lisbon was playing in the group F. Borussia has won over this club twice with the score 2:1 and 1:0.
The chances of Borussia D to enter ¼ finals are definitely higher. But Benfica at home will be fighting, of course. Perhaps, this match will be very interesting.
Benfica rarely loses at home arena. Bearing in mind all the difficulties that Borussia D is experiencing during the away matches in this season, it will be very hard to solve all questions during the first match. In our opinion the best bets on the match Benfica – Borussia D will be:
Both to score 1.74
Interesting facts before the match Benfica – Borussia D
Benfica has played only one match at home arena.
Prior to this match these two clubs have never met with each other.