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Prediction: Benfica vs PSV Eindhoven – Football Predictions

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Benfica welcome PSV Eindhoven to the Estadio da Luiz in Lisbon for the first half of their season Champions League Playoff match on Wednesday evening.

It is probably the tie of the round, only one of these European giants can move into this year’s group stage, in which no team competed last season.

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Benfica maintained their 100 percent record for the new season when they clinched a routine 2-0 home win against 10-man Arouca in the Primeira Liga last weekend.

After the discharge of Victor Braga After just eight minutes, the Eagles dominated the game with goals in the first half of Luca Waldschmidt and newcomer Roman Yaremchuk – who joined from Ghent this summer – enough to seal all three points for the hosts.

Benfica have now won all four competitive games this season, scoring two goals and clearing three times.

Two of those wins were in the previous round of Champions League qualifying, with the Eagles beating Spartak Prague 4-0 earlier this month.

Jorge Jesus are now gearing up for an important clash against PSV as the Portuguese giant are looking to qualify for the Champions League group stage after missing out for the first time in a decade last year.

Benfica last met PSV when they dropped back from the national elite competition in Europe to the Europa League in the 2010/11 season. The Eagles won an entertaining duel 6-3 overall before reaching the semifinals this season.

Although a lot has changed in 10 years, Jesus hopes his team can achieve a similar result on both legs, even though he is aware of the threat the Dutch opponents will pose.

PSV Eindhoven's Bruma will celebrate his first goal against FC Midtjylland on August 10, 2021

Like Benfica, PSV got off to a perfect start to the new season, winning all six competitive games and scoring 17 goals.

Eindhoven had to go through both the second and third round of Champions League qualifying to get into that stage, beating Galatasaray 7-2 overall before beating them 4-0 over two games earlier this month FC Midtjylland secured.

Roger Schmidt‘s men also celebrated national success this season when they claimed an impressive 4-0 win over Dutch giants Ajax in the Johan Cruyff Shield final.

PSV are confident in the first leg on Wednesday against Benfica, a team they have never beaten in their history and won the 1987/88 European Cup final 6-5 on penalties, their only great European honor so far.

The 2018/19 season was the last time Eindhoven entered the Champions League group stage, where they picked up just two points from difficult encounters against Barcelona, ​​Tottenham Hotspur and Inter Milan.

Schmidt seems to have formed a much stronger team since then and is hoping they can avoid another year in the Europa League.

Benfica Champions League form:
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  • W.

Benfica form (all competitions):
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PSV Eindhoven Champions League form:
  • W.
  • W.
  • W.
  • W.

PSV Eindhoven form (all competitions):
  • W.
  • W.
  • W.
  • W.
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Noni Madueke from PSV Eindhoven in action with Paulinho from FC Midtjylland on August 10, 2021

As a central defender Jan Vertonghen is out for at least three weeks due to a thigh injury, Jesus can continue to use a chain of four, as he did last weekend, instead of a chain of three, which in the first three games of the season with the Belgian in the side.

Forward Darwin Nunez (Knee) and Haris Seferovic (Muscle) as well as defenders Ferro (Muscle) are also not available due to injury.

Summer signature Soualiho Meite began the last game in central midfield alongside Joao Mario, however, the Turin recruit could be thrown on the bench on Wednesday, with Julian Weigl expects to play in front of him.

As for PSV, Schmidt will recall several first-team players who were either rested or on the bench against Heracles last weekend, including Eran Zahavi, Mario Götze, Cody Gakpo and Joel Drommel.

English teenager Noni Maduekewho has started every game so far this season seems to be the striker who has been promoted since then Donyell paints departure to Borussia Dortmund and contributed to six goals in as many games.

Schmidt will miss three players due to injuries there Maximiliano Romero (Knee), Maxime Delaghe (Shoulder) and Richard Ledezma (Knees) all stay on the treatment table.

Benfica possible starting line-up:
Vlachodimos; Gilberto, Otamendi, Verissimo, Grimaldo; Pizzi, Weigl, Mario, Everton; Waldschmidt, Yaremchuk

PSV Eindhoven possible starting line-up:
Drommel; Mwene, Ramalho, Boscagli, Max; Sangare, Van Ginkel; Madueke, Gotze, Gakpo; Zahavi

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Probability: Benfica 2-2 PSV Eindhoven

Even though first leg encounters can often be tricky, these two teams have a lot of firepower and will cause each other problems in the last third, so goals can be expected on Wednesday.

Since these two form strong teams are hard to separate from each other, an entertaining score draw could be at stake in Lisbon.

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