Club Brugge vs Benfica – Betting Preview
On Wednesday, Club Brugge and Benfica will play in the opening leg of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 at the Jan Breydel Stadium.
Club Brugge Preview
After finishing one point behind Group B champion Porto, the hosts have now made it into the knockout rounds for the first time.
Hans Vanaken’s first-half goal helped Brugge tie 1-1 with Union St. Gilloise in the Belgian Pro League on Friday, February 10. Their winning streak across all competitions now stands at six games.
Brugge has only lost once so far this season, but five of their last six games have ended in draws. Additionally, they had draws their last four home games. Over 2.5 goals have been scored in four of Blauw-past Zwart’s six games.
Brugge hasn’t lost in seven games, and with home-field advantage, a draw might happen.
Club Brugge manager Scott Parker said Andreas Skov Olsen (hip injury) and Ferran Jutglà (pelvis injury) will be out.
Benfica, in contrast, had an undefeated group-stage campaign and won Group H ahead of powerhouses Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain. Last season, they advanced to the quarterfinals before falling to eventual champions Liverpool (6-4 on aggregate).
Braga defeated Benfica on penalties in their most recent match, causing them to lose and be ousted from the Taca de Portugal quarterfinals.
Benfica has scored at least twice in six of their previous seven games and has kept a clean sheet in four of their last five contests.
The Benfica manager, Roger Schmidt, has no notable fitness worries going into this game with a completely injury-free club at his disposal.
The two teams will meet for the first time, but Brugge and Benfica have faced opponents from Portugal and Belgium respectively.
Brugge have met Portuguese opponents 15 times across competitions, winning five and losing seven. Benfica have met Belgian opponents 22 times, winning 12 and losing five!
1×2 Betting Odds
Let’s have a look at the odds in the 1×2 market for match result.
We anticipate it might be stressful for Club Brugge to score against this Benfica club, who we think could score a goal themselves and come out on top.
The home team are the underdogs in this, their odds of winning stands @ 4.60.
It will be a close game, but Benfica will show their teamwork and prevail in this match.
According to the betting market, Benfica should prevail. Their odds of winning stands @ 1.92.
The possibility of a draw stands @ 3.90.
Total goals over/under
Let’s see what the over/under market has for us in this game.
The odds that the total number of goals scored will be over 2.5, stands @ 1.90.
While the odds that the total number of goals will be under 2.5, stands @ 2.05.
Over 2.5 goals have been scored in four of Club Burgge’s last 6 games.
While, Benfica has scored at least twice in six of their previous seven games and has kept a clean sheet in four of their last five contests.
So a similar scoring trend could follow!