Benfica – D. Zagreb SOCCER PICKS
Benfica and Dinamo Zagreb meet at Estádio do Sport Lisboa and Benfica (da Luz), in a second leg of this stage of the UEFA Europa League (8th Finals), after in the first leg Dinamo Zagreb won at home by (1-0). Particular attention is required for the home / away condition, since both teams present significantly different results at home and abroad.
The home team comes to this second leg with a disadvantage of 1 goal, in addition to the disadvantage of not scoring goals as a visitor in the first leg. This is a team that, oddly enough, has had better results in away matches than at home, since in the last 30 matches they register 11 wins, 1 draw and 3 losses in away matches; against 10 wins, 3 draws and 2 losses at their stadium. The team comes to this match after a draw at home with Belenenses by (2-2). In the last 10 home matches Benfica has won 7, tied 2 and lost 1. Their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches.
Benfica started for this match with a draw at home, 2-2, with Belenenses SAD, adding the second game in a row without winning official matches: the goals of the team were scored by Jonas and Samaris. It is important to emphasize that the locals need to win to eliminate Zagreb. In this game against the fans, coach Bruno Lage must act in the usual tactical system, that is, the 4-4-2, privileging the maintenance of ball possession and organized attacks. It is important to underline that Benfica has presented several defensive weaknesses, however, the capacity in the counterattack has surprised by the positive. For this game the coach can not count on the injured Fejsa, Seferovic and Eduardo Salvio.
The away team comes to this second leg with an advantage of 1 goal, but suffered 0 goals at home in the first leg. This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 8 wins, 3 draws and 4 losses in away matches; against 13 wins and 2 draws in his stadium. The team comes to this match after a home victory over Rijeka by (3-1). In the last 4 UEFA Champions League matches they played against Dinamo Zagreb, they have won 2, tied 1 and lost 1. Their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 7 of the last 9 matches for this competition.
Dinamo Zagreb of Croatia comes to this game moralized, after having added a 3-1 victory in the reception to Rijeka. It is important to underline that the Croatians defeated Benfica in the first leg of the second round of the Europa League. In this away game, coach Nenad Bjelica must act with a defensive strategy, looking for a counterattack to exploit the back of Benfica’s defense. It is important to emphasize that the visitors have competition in the fast transitions: Dani Olmo is very fast and excellent in the transport of the ball towards the attack. There are no absences of weight for this game.