Dinamo Zagreb vs Benfica
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 7 March 2019
Kick-Off at 17:55 UK / 18:55 CET
Venue: Stadion Maksimir (Zagreb).
Benfica are flying high after a huge 1-2 victory over bitter rivals Porto in one of the biggest matches Portuguese football can offer. The Eagles thus overtook defending Primeira Liga champions at the top of the standings and they will come into the first leg of this last 16 round tie with Dinamo Zagreb in the highest of spirits.
Dinamo Zagreb have already done an incredible job by reaching this stage of the competition. They are massive underdogs in this match-up by all parameters, but who can claim Benfica’s safe progress taking a look at Dinamo’s Europa League run this term?
Croatian champions topped their respective group in some fashion, winning each of opening four games in the process. They had a 2-1 deficit from the first leg of the last 32 round tie with Czech giants Viktoria Plzen, but managed to overcome it with a magnificent performance in the reverse fixture in Zagreb ( 3-0 victory).
Dinamo Zagreb vs Benfica: Head-to-head
These two likes played each other once in the past.
The occasion was Europa League group stage and Benfica took a 2-0 victory back in the 2004/05 campaign.
Dinamo Zagreb vs Benfica: Prediction
Dinamo’s head coach Nenad Bjelica has a strong attacking line-up on display in his ranks. The likes of Daniel Olmo and Izet Hajrovic can pretty much score goals against any side out there. Dinamo Zagreb bagged three or more goals in three of four home outings in Europa League this term.
Benfica are also lethal up front. They are enjoying a fabulous form with 8 wins and 1 draw in last 9 games in all competitions. The Eagles finished their Champions League group in third place behind Bayern Munich and Ajax, but they have what it takes to be one of shadow favourites to go all the way in Europa League.
Both teams are strong going forward and we expect to see goals when they take on each other in the first leg at Stadion Maksimir.
Dinamo Zagreb vs Benfica: Bet Tips
BTTS @ 1.95 (19/20)
Over 2.5 goals FT @ 2.30 (13/10).