Benfica vs Dinamo Zagreb : Predictions, Betting Tips & Odds
Thursday, 14th March 2019, @12:55
Estádio da Luz
Dinamo travel to Lisbon with a slender lead, knowing that they will need to be on top of their game to progress to the quarter finals.
Benfica will be disappointed to come away from Zagreb with nothing – but with only two goals to put them through to the last eight, the Lisbon club will be confident going into this one. Bruno Lage will feel that his side should have been able to break down a stubborn Dinamo defence in the away leg.
Dinamo needed a penalty to get the win in Zagreb but, in what was their biggest game of the season so far, the Croatian side were able to control the Portuguese club and were worthy winners in the end. But with just the one goal lead to take to Lisbon the sports betting sites will feel Benfica are favourites to go through.
Benfica have been curiously unimpressive at home this season in European competition. In an admittedly tough Champions League group they only won one of three – and then drew against Galatasaray in the Estadio da Luz in the last round. If they don’t win against Zagreb they are out so goals can be expected.
Dinamo Zagreb’s defeat in Plzen in the round of 32 was their first in both the Champions League and Europa League this season away from home. A second leg victory at home got the Croatian side to this stage and now they are in a good position to go through to the last eight. Benfica are favourites at the bookies however – and could win this 2-0.
Benfica to win to nil
Benfica need to win by two goals and that’s exactly what the Lisbon club will set out to do thanks to Dinamo’s defensive tactics. The Croatian club will sit back hoping to win the tie thanks to the first leg goal – but Benfica will have different ideas.
Correct score 2-0
A 2-0 victory for Benfica will see them through to the quarter final stage.
1 x 2 Odds
Head To Head
Dinamo Zagreb’s victory in the first leg was the first time that the Croatian club had won a game between these two sides.
- When Benfica failed to score against Dinamo in the first leg it was only the third time that had happened in 29 matches this season.
- Dinamo Zagreb have now kept nine clean sheets in their last ten home games in all competitions.
- The treble is still on for Benfica. They can win the Portuguese Primeira Liga, the Taca de Portugal and the Europa League.
- Dinamo have really battled their way to this stage – only three other clubs have committed more fouls in this season’s Europa League.