Benfica vs Dortmund by Rahul

Benfica
VS
Dortmund
Benfica host Dortmund in the first leg of this UEFA Champions League knockout stage knowing that victory at home his critical ahead of a tie against Dortmund who are pretty good at home. Benfica know that their own form is something that is going to help them in this contest winning 13 out of their last 15 games in all competitions since a 2-1 loss to Napoli. That form has helped them maintain a slender 1 point lead at the top of the domestic table while coming into this game with the confidence knowing that they have the home support to win. Benfica have been pretty solid at home but have conceded goals when they have rotated squads or faced some good teams this season. They have already shipped goals against Napoli, Sporting, Braga, Besiktas this season with their only clean sheet coming in a narrow 1-0 win against Kiev earlier in the season. In terms of scoring form they have scored an average of 3 goals per game on the domestic front while netting over 1.5 goals on the European stage and have yet to be shut out in any game at home this season.

 

Dortmund have been going through a mixed bag of form especially since Aubamayeng had gone to play the AFCON tournament. Since then they have drawn 2, won 1 and lost 1 in 90 minutes in their 4 games since end of January and that won't bode too much confidence in the side ahead of this game. What you an definitely be sure of Dortmund is goals; where they have scored in 21 out of 24 games played this season; which is quite strong for any team considering they have take on and scored against Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and also in Portugal against Sporting in the group stages. Along with Aubamayeng, they will need to rely on the likes of Shurrle, Reus and Kagawa. Defensively, is where they have struggled with just 3 clean sheets in their last 15 games of the season. Things don't get any better when they will miss the likes of Schmelzer and Piszczek who are their first choice full backs along with midfield support of Rode, Bender and Sahin.

 

All signs are pointing to both teams trying to attack this first leg to take some advantage, and thats exactly what I am going to back in this game with both teams to find the back of the net.

 

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Pick Bookmaker Odds Stake Result
Both Teams to Score Bet365 1.70 9 1-0 LOST (-9 units)
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Comments (1)
Armedanddangerous
Schmelzer and Piszczek is included the team that travelled to Lissabon. Reus should also play!!
02/14/2017 - 10:51
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