Liverpool vs Benfica
UEFA Champions League
Date: Wednesday, 13 April 2022
Kick-off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Anfield, Liverpool.
Liverpool host Benfica for the second leg of the 2021/22 UEFA Champions League quarter final with a two goal lead to protect.
A first half goal from Ibrahima Konate followed by strikes from Sadio Mane and Luis Diaz handed Liverpool a comfortable 3-1 win at Lisbon. They are now 90 minutes away from booking a place in the semifinals for the first time since lifting the championship in 2019.
Klopp’s men are coming on the back of a 2-2 draw against Manchester City. This kept their brilliant form going and they have lost just 1 of their last 22 games across all competitions. However the defeat happened at Anfield in the previous round of Championship against Inter Milan.
Benfica on the other hand will be hoping for a miracle to progress beyond this stage since the competition is renamed to Champions League. They were eliminated at the quarter finals in each of the previous four appearances.
Their away record in the competition is extremely poor though they bagged a surprise narrow 1-0 win at Ajax in the round of 16 this year. They remain with just 2 wins from the last 12 away nights. This is why they are priced at 11.00 odd to bag an unlikely win at Anfield.
The winner of this tie will know their semifinal opponent in advance and it will be the winner from Bayern Munich vs Villarreal on Tuesday.
Liverpool vs Benfica Head-to-head
- Liverpool lead the overall h2h against Benfica with 7 wins as against 4 losses.
- The record in the knockout rounds of UEFA competitions remains 4-1 in favor of the Reds.
- The team currently managed by Jurgen Klopp have an excellent home record against Portuguese teams having won 8 of the 12 so far while registering 3 wins and 1 draws.
- Meanwhile, Benfica lost in 12 of their 18 visits to English soil while managing 4 wins and 2 draws.
Liverpool vs Benfica Prediction
We are backing Liverpool to win here on a handicap since they gave very little to opposition teams while playing in front of the home crowd. Benfica’s struggles in Europe away from home further consolidate our analysis.
There are many good options in the scoring front, however we pick Luis Diaz to find the back of the net anytime here. The Colombian could get his name in the starting eleven with some changes expected from Klopp following the heated clash with Manchester City on Sunday.
Liverpool vs Benfica Betting Tips
Liverpool -1.5 Asian Handicap @ 1.85 odd
Luis Diaz to score anytime @ 2.60 odd.