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Prediction: PSV Eindhoven vs Benfica – Football Predictions

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PSV Eindhoven are trying to get away from a leading deficit in their Champions League Playoff tie with Benfica when they welcome the Portuguese for the second leg on Tuesday evening.

Benfica won the first leg on August 18, 2-1 Rafa Silva and Julian Weigl score the goals for Jorge JesusTeam that PSV left before work in the return leg in Eindhoven.

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PSV last competed in the group stage of the Champions League in 2018/19 when they were bottom of Group B and only got two points from the duels against Barcelona, ​​Tottenham Hotspur and Inter Milan.

The red and whites finished second behind Ajax in last year’s Eredivisie, where they qualified for the second qualifying round of the Champions League, where they confidently defeated Galatasaray 7-2.

PSV then did light work with FC Midtjylland in the third qualifying round, winning 4-0 overall, but as mentioned earlier they lost 2-1 to Benfica in the first leg of the playoffs. Cody Gakpo Benfica scored in the second period, but at break Benfica were twice in the lead thanks to goals from Rafa Silva and Weigl.

Roger Schmidt‘s side got off to a strong start to the domestic season, beating Ajax 4-0 in the Dutch Super Cup on August 7, beating Heracles and Cambuur in their first two league games.

PSV have won their last three home games in the Champions League, including strong wins against Galatasaray and Midtjylland this season, and the club’s fans are hoping for another strong performance here.

Benfica coach Jorge Jesus in the Europa League on February 18, 2021

Benfica, meanwhile, missed automatic qualification for the Champions League group stage as they finished third in the Portuguese top division last season.

The Eagles have now won only one of the last four Portuguese championships and they still have a lot of work to do to qualify for the 2021/22 European Cup group stage as PSV have shown their strength at home in competition this season.

Benfica have also made an impressive start to their Primeira Liga season, taking three straight wins against Moreirense, Arouca and Gil Vicente, placing them second on the table with nine points.

Jesus’ team have a rich European history, winning the competition twice in the early 1960s, but missed the competition last season and instead played in the Europa League group stage before losing to Arsenal in the round of 16.

Benfica’s last appearance in the Champions League group stage was therefore in 2019-20, when they finished third in the section before losing to Shakhtar Donetsk in the final 32nd phase of the Europa League.

PSV Eindhoven Champions League form:
  • L.
  • W.
  • W.
  • W.
  • W.
  • L.

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

Benfica form (all competitions):
  • W.
  • W.
  • W.
  • W.
  • W.
  • W.

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Noni Madueke from PSV Eindhoven in action with Paulinho from FC Midtjylland on August 10, 2021

PSV boss Schmidt made a number of changes for Saturday’s league game against Cambuur, but such as Noni Madueke, Ibrahim Sangare, Mario Götze, André Ramalho and Phillip Max will be back in the XI for this game.

No surprises are expected in the Dutch team as Madueke, Götze and Gakpo will operate behind the lone striker Eran Zahaviwho was on the top scorer list last time.

Sangare will come to midfield to play alongside Marco van Ginkel, while Olivier Boscagli is expected to be in the middle of defense alongside Ramalho.

As for Benfica, head coach Jesus also made a number of changes for Saturday’s league game against Gil Vicente, but the team’s key players will return for that game.

As a matter of fact, Pizza, Joao Mario, Alex Grimaldo, Weigl and Rafa Silva will all return but a place in the starting XI is unlikely Carlos Viniciuswho is back at the club this season after a loan from Tottenham Hotspur.

The guests are expected to return to a 3-4-3 formation with the former Manchester City defender Nicolas Otamendi operate in the middle of defense, however Jan Vertonghen, Haris Seferovic and Ferro remain on the sidelines for the Portuguese team due to injury.

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

Benfica possible starting line-up:
Vlachodimos; Lucas, Otamendi, Morato; Goncalves, Weigl, Mario, Grimaldo; Pizzi, Yaremchuk, R Silva

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Probability: PSV Eindhoven 1: 1 Benfica (Benfica wins 3: 2 in the overall standings)

This is an incredibly difficult game and it wouldn’t be a surprise if it got to the penalty shootout. PSV will think they can harm Benfica in the final third but the Portuguese are in great shape and we expect the visitors to draw 1-1 to win 3-2 on the standings.

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