Borussia Dortmund vs Benfica Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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Borussia Dortmund vs Benfica Match Prediction

By Dean Carr

Borussia Dortmund host Benfica at the Signal Iduna Park on 08/03/17 in a finely balanced last 16 Champions League second leg which could go either way. Dortmund will be in a buoyant mood after beating Bayer Leverkusen 6-2 at home on Saturday. Benfica too picked up three points at the weekend, beating Feirense 1-0 away from home. Read on for a full match preview complete with betting tips and predictions.

Betting Tips and Predictions

Borussia Dortmund are always a formidable side at home, especially in the recent vein of form they are showing at this moment in time. Benfica are a stubborn outfit, as shown by their recent run of five clean sheets in seven, but I’m expecting Dortmund’s attacking talent to overwhelm them here.

Dortmund to qualify - 8/11

Dortmund to score over 1.5 goals - 2/5

Dortmund to win 3-1 - 10/1

Dortmund Preview

Borussia Dortmund came out on top in an eight-goal thriller at the weekend, beating Bayer Leverkusen 6-2. Ousmane Dembele opened the scoring after just six minutes before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang doubled the lead twenty-minutes later. Kevin Volland pulled one back for Leverkusen in the second half, with the teams exchanging goals in the space of five minutes through Aubameyang and Wendell to make it 3-2. Then, a blitz from Dortmund in the final fifteen minutes saw Christian Pulisic, Andre Schurrle and Raphael Guerreiro saw them win 6-2. Thomas Tuchel’s side have won their last three on the bounce since losing 1-0 to Benfica in the first leg, scoring an incredible twelve goals during that period and are hitting form at just the right time. Their Champions League group stage was littered with goals, with their last home match in this competition ending up in an 8-4 rout for the Germans against Legia Warsaw. Aubameyang has scored four goals in his last two games for Dortmund and, if reports are to believed, has his eyes set on a move to La Liga in the summer, with stages such as these pivotal for him to perform on if he wants to seal such a move. With five wins in their last eight home Champions League games, they must make it six from nine if they want to see their way into the last eight.

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Benfica Preview

Benfica secured their seventh win in a row in all competitions last time out, beating Feirense 1-0 away from home to stay a point ahead of Porto in the race for the Primeira Liga title in Portugal. It also proved to be their fifth victory during that period which has been accompanied by a clean sheet, a run which includes the 1-0 win over Dortmund in their first leg. Pizzi scored the only goal of the game at the Estadio Marcolino de Castro, as they look to secure their fourth league title in a row, their thirty-sixth overall. Success in Europe will also be of particular importance to manager Rui Vitoria as he now looks to find a way of keeping Dortmund quiet in front of their rampant yellow wall of support. After losing 4-2 to Napoli in their first away match of the Champions League group stages, Benfica responded with a 2-0 win at Dynamo Kiev and a 3-3 draw at Besiktas, results which would see them progress to the last eight here. They also faced Bayern Munich away from home in last season’s knockout stages, losing 1-0 on the road and have lost in all three of their visits to Germany in this competition. Schalke, Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern have all beaten them, with this being their first Champions League trip to Dortmund.

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Dortmund Team News

Sebastian Rode (groin) and Mario Gotze (myopathy) are both missing for Dortmund here. Sven Bender (ankle), Marco Reus (thigh) and Emre Mor (muscle) will all be assessed for the home side.

Benfica Team News

Filipe Augusto Carvalho Souza (leg) and Alejandro Grimaldo (abdominal) are ruled out for Benfica in this one. Lisandro Lopez (leg) and Ljubomir Fejsa (ankle) remain doubtful.

Borussia Dortmund saw over 1.5 goals in 7 out of their last 10 games played

Borussia Dortmund have conceeded only 3 goals in their last 3 games against Benfica

Benfica saw over 1.5 goals in 9 out of their last 10 games played

AVG Goals

2.2

BTTS

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

Over 1.5 1H Goals

Over 1.5 2H Goals

Borussia Dortmund Form Guide

Borussia Dortmund Team Logo

Borussia Dortmund

Won

6

Draw

2

Lost

2
W A

22-07-2018

Champions Cup

Liverpool Team Logo Liverpool

FT 1 - 3

(HT 1 - 0)

L H

26-07-2018

Champions Cup

Benfica Team Logo Benfica

FT 5 - 6

(HT 2 - 0)

D H

03-08-2018

Club Friendlies

Rennes Team Logo Rennes

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

L H

07-08-2018

Club Friendlies

SSC Napoli Team Logo SSC Napoli

FT 1 - 3

(HT 0 - 2)

W H

12-08-2018

Club Friendlies

Lazio Team Logo Lazio

FT 1 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

W A

20-08-2018

DFB Pokal

Greuther Fuerth Team Logo Greuther Fuerth

FT 1 - 2

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

26-08-2018

1. Bundesliga

RasenBallsport Leipzig Team Logo RasenBallsport Leipzig

FT 4 - 1

(HT 3 - 1)

D A

31-08-2018

1. Bundesliga

Hannover 96 Team Logo Hannover 96

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

06-09-2018

Club Friendlies

Osnabrueck Team Logo Osnabrueck

FT 0 - 6

(HT 0 - 5)

W H

14-09-2018

1. Bundesliga

Eintracht Frankfurt Team Logo Eintracht Frankfurt

FT 3 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

Benfica Form Guide

Benfica Team Logo

Benfica

Won

6

Draw

3

Lost

1
L H

01-08-2018

Champions Cup

Lyon Team Logo Lyon

FT 2 - 3

(HT 0 - 2)

W H

07-08-2018

Champions League Qualification

Fenerbahce Team Logo Fenerbahce

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

10-08-2018

Primeira Liga

Vitoria de Guimaraes Team Logo Vitoria de Guimaraes

FT 3 - 2

(HT 3 - 0)

D A

14-08-2018

Champions League Qualification

Fenerbahce Team Logo Fenerbahce

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 1)

W A

18-08-2018

Primeira Liga

Boavista Team Logo Boavista

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

D H

21-08-2018

Champions League Qualification

PAOK Thessaloniki FC Team Logo PAOK Thessaloniki FC

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

D H

25-08-2018

Primeira Liga

Sporting CP Team Logo Sporting CP

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

29-08-2018

Champions League Qualification

PAOK Thessaloniki FC Team Logo PAOK Thessaloniki FC

FT 1 - 4

(HT 1 - 3)

W A

02-09-2018

Primeira Liga

Nacional Team Logo Nacional

FT 0 - 4

(HT 0 - 2)

W H

15-09-2018

League Cup Grp. A

Rio Ave Team Logo Rio Ave

FT 2 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

Borussia Dortmund Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

2

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Benfica Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

2.1

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Borussia Dortmund vs Benfica Sidelined Players

Borussia Dortmund
11 Marco Reus Injured
18 Sebastian Rode Injured
6 Sven Bender Injured
10 Mario Goetze Injured
Benfica
5 Ljubomir Fejsa Injured

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Probably Lineup

No. Pos Player M kg
38 GK Roman Buerki 188 83
37 LB Erik Durm 183 72
26 CD Lukasz Piszczek 184 79
25 CD Sokratis Papastathopoulos 186 82
5 CD Marc Bartra 184 75
29 RB Marcel Schmelzer 181 74
33 CM Julian Weigl 186 70
27 CM Gonzalo Castro 172 74
7 CM Ousmane Dembele 178 70
17 CF Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 187 80
22 CF Christian Pulisic 172 69
No. Pos Player M kg
1 GK Ederson Moraes 188 89
4 CD Luisao 193 95
14 CD Victor Nilsson Lindeloef 187 80
19 RB Eliseu 180 75
50 LB Nelson Semedo 180 69
18 LM Eduardo Salvio 167 69
34 RM Andre Almeida 186 75
21 CM Pizzi 172 66
7 CM Andreas Samaris 190 80
11 CF Konstantinos Mitroglou 188 86
22 CF Franco Cervi - -