An impressive first leg against Benfica in Portugal puts Liverpool in a dominant position to reach the Champions League semi-finals on Wednesday at Anfield.
Benfica receives a 3-1 advantage. Goals from the first half by Ibrahima Konate and Sadio Mane put Jurgen Klopp’s lead ahead, before Darwin Nunez gave Benfica hope as he pulled back early in the second half.
But Luis Diaz’s late strike ensured Liverpool had a bit of a breather and could probably afford to keep an eye out in preparation for Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final match against Manchester City in Wembley.
The winners of the play-offs will face Villarreal in the quarter-finals, after Unai Emery’s side surprised Bayern Munich on Tuesday.
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How to watch Liverpool vs Benfica
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|Time||20:00||15:00 ET||15:00 ET||05:00 AET|
|television channel||BT Sport 3||–||–||–|
|Real time transmission||BT Sport||Paramount +||DAZN||Stan Sport|
In the U.S., Spanish-language Champions League coverage is available on fuboTV, which also offers a free trial to new subscribers.
In Canada, all Champions League matches are broadcast live on DAZN.
Liverpool vs Benfica predictions
The two-goal lead means that Klopp is likely to make some changes in what appears to be a crucial month for his squad as they try to stay on track to achieve a one-of-a-kind quadruple.
However, he will be wary of making too many changes, after Liverpool had a nervous night in the return leg of the round of 16 with Inter Milan in March, where they lost 1-0 at home after winning the first leg. ‘go to Italy 2. -0.
Roberto Firmino and Diaz will certainly be expected to take part, as Mohamed Salah could have time to rest before a second clash with City in six days, following Sunday’s 2-2 draw in the Premier League.
Liverpool predicted a 4-3-3 alignment: Alisson (GK) – Gomez, Konate, Matip, Robertson – Henderson, Keita, Jones – Mane, Firmino, Diaz
Benfica left behind their disappointment of losing to Liverpool, as Núñez’s hat-trick on Saturday brought them back after conceding a first goal to defeat Belenenses 3-1.
Nelson Verissimo will once again have all the strength with his team, as the third-placed Portugal chases FC Porto, leader of the Primeira Liga, with 15 points difference with only five days to play, and is nine in the derives from the second place, Sporting de Lisboa.
Benfica predicted lineup (4-5-1): Vlachodimos (GK) – Junior, Vertonghen, Otamendi, Grimaldo – Silva, Weigl, Ramos, Taarabt, Soares – Nunez
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Liverpool Betting Vs. Benfica
Benfica need to win by two clear goals just to keep the tie and take the game to extra time.
It’s done before. Benfica won 2-0 at Anfield in March 2006 in the last 16 of the Champions League, thanks to goals from Simao and Fabrizio Miccoli as they completed a 3-0 overall victory to eliminate Liverpool. the reigning champion of that season, out of competition.
Benfica, however, have only scored more than two goals in an away game in the Champions League once in four games this season so far, and this time in a 5-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the group stage.
|[Home] To win||1/4||-360||1.24|
|[Away] To win||8/1||+950||9.00|
|More than 2.5 goals||4/11||-255||1.39|
|Both teams score||8/11||-140||1.68|