Benfica will try to keep their European hopes alive this Thursday in front of home fans when they meet Shakhtar Donetsk for the second time in the last seven days. Ukrainian side were victorious in the first meeting, winning the match 2-1.
Hosts are labelled as favorites to be victorious in regular time, but interestingly, the odds on “To Qualify” bets are at the same 1.90 rate.
Benfica vs Shakhtar Donetsk Head-to-head
Before the above mentioned clash in Kharkiv last week, Benfica and Shakhtar have met only two times. Both matches took place in 2007 in UEFA Champions League group stages.
Benfica lost the home fixture 0-1, but returned the favour in the second match and defeated Shakhtar Donetsk 2-1 FT.
Benfica vs Shakhtar Donetsk Prediction
Many Portuguese fans will agree that Benfica were lucky to escape Ukraine with a 2-1 loss. Shakhtar have dominated the whole match, having close to 60% ball possession. The winning goal was scored by Viktor Kovalenko twenty minutes before the final whistle.
Benfica are going through a big crisis when it comes to their domestic campaign as well. Despite sitting at the top of the table, recent form and results are horrible. The Eagles got defeated at this stadium by Sporting Braga recently, just seven days after losing the derby match to Porto FC 3-2 FT.
Home head manager Bruno Lage is also worried about fitness. Benfica had late night Monday action against Gil Vicente on the road. Carlos Vinicius is team’s biggest star. This 24-years old striker bagged 14 goals in 19 Primeira Liga appearances.
We don’t think Benfica have what it takes to win this match and to keep a clean sheet. Their recent results have been a mess lately, while visitors have four consecutive victories across all competitions. We will back Shakhtar to qualify at 1.90 odds.
As for the secondary bet, both teams to score at 1.75 seems like the most logical choice.