Benfica vs Brugge predictions and betting tips on March 7, 2023
On March 7, Estádio da Luz (Lisbon) will host the second leg of the 1/8 finals of the Champions League, in which Benfica will compete with Brugge. The battle will start at 21:00 CET.
The team has had a rough time over the past few years. However, there were bright exceptions, such as the victory in the battle against Barcelona in the autumn of 2021, which happened in the struggle for second place in the Champions League group. In the summer, Roger Schmidt was lured to the position of the coach, and that was like a hit in the top ten. Being under his rule, the team started dominating in the Primeira – “the Eagles” have made a minimum of misfires and are ahead of Porto and the company in the inner championship. At the same time, it was possible not to slow down at the international arena. Moreover, the wards of the German specialist won a group in the autumn, which included such giants as Juventus and PSG. Nowadays, de facto, it is necessary to prepare for the quarter-finals. The first match resulted in an away 2-0 success, and, in fact, the second leg is largely turned into a kind of formality.
The club was able to reach a very high level under the rule of the former mentor, Clement. And it is not only about the inner arena – for instance, Zenit remembers what kind of combat unit “the Black and Blues” have been transformed to. In the autumn, the team managed to qualify for the play-offs of the Champions League. Moreover, it was able to win all the matches of the first lap without conceding a single goal. However, the higher mentioned result was followed by a decline – the club scored no goals for the remaining three matches, which resulted in a draw and two defeats. At the same time, the team was already “fevered” in its native Jupiler Pro League. Even now, having replaced the mentor once again and invited Scott Parker, the grandee cannot reach the top three there. There is no surprise that nothing special happened at the home battle against the Portuguese club. It held out until the beginning of the second half, after which, having conceded from the penalty spot, the team “floated” and lost the game with a 0-2 score.
The statistics of head-to-head matches
The clubs had got their first head-to-head match in February.
Bookmakers believe that Benfica will win again; moreover, it will happen without much struggle. Still, the following battle is just a formality. Thus, we do not expect an abundance of goals and bet on “total: under 2.5” (odd: 2.10).