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FC Midtjylland vs. Benfica Odds, Predictions and Picks

  • The hosts are ahead of a mission impossible in this event, chasing a three-goal deficit.
  • Benfica has played superbly since the start of the preseason.
  • The Eagles sold their best player Darwin Nunez, yet they play extremely efficient soccer. 

UCL Qualifiers Matchup

Benfica showed its power back in Lisbon in the first leg of their UCL qualifiers matchup against FC Midtjylland.

The Eagles were far better than the guests from Denmark, packing four goals in their net while on the other side, conceding just one.

Needless to say that it was one-sided domination at La Luz Stadium, with the hosts outplaying Midtjylland in every aspect of play.

Benfica Advantages

Indeed, Benfica is a bigger club, playing in a much better and stronger league, but still, we are sure that less than 10% of the fans expected to see them dismantle the rivals like this.

Now we have a rematch, which is a formality, especially after seeing the first 90 minutes.  In the next paragraph, you can see FC Midtjylland vs. Benfica Odds.

FC Midtjylland vs. Benfica Odds

The guests are strong favorites to win the second leg as well, with the soccer odds on their victory set at -166. A draw is +300, while the hosts’ victory is +400.

With the result of the matchup already being apparent and Benfica’s inevitable advance to the next round, plus the fact that Midtjylland plays at home, the odds are a bit more favorable for the Danes compared to those in the first leg.

Midtjylland vs. Benfica General Information

  • Competition: UEFA Champions League qualifications
  • Location: Arena Randers, Randers, Denmark
  • Time: Tuesday, August 9, 1:45 PM ET
  • How to Watch: Paramount+, Polsat Sport

Hosts Saving Their Honor

Midtjylland is aware of its situation and position. They would like to play in Europe, and we are pretty sure that the team and the staff are already preparing for the Europa League playoffs.

If they suffer an elimination there as well, this unit will continue its adventure in the UEFA Europa Conference. 

They are a team that produces young players and later sells them, generating profits that keep this club going. From time to time, Midtjylland has some notable results in Europe, but nothing special.

Midtjylland Two Years Ago

They were in the UEFA Champions League group stage two years ago and in the UEFA Europa League last season, and their goal is to keep playing in these competitions. 

After losing in Lisbon, Midtjylland played 3-3 in the domestic championship against Lyngby, their seventh consecutive game since the start of this campaign, with both teams netting. Also, the past five were with at least three goals, only one without four. 

Midtjylland’s Possible Starting Lineup:

  • Olafsson
  • Dalsgaard
  • Sviatchenko
  • Juninho
  • Andersson
  • Onyedika
  • Sorensen
  • Dyhr
  • Dreyer
  • Kaba
  • Sisto

Midtjylland’s Injury Report:

Evander is the only injured player on the home team.

Benfica Still Flying High

When Darwin Nunez left, many believed that the Eagles wouldn’t be able to keep on with the same style of play and with the same efficiency. It turned out that Roger Schmidt’s unit is even better without the Uruguayan striker. At least it is for now. 

A few youngsters who arrived, combined with the already present core and the guys from the youth academy, kept Benfica’s game at a high level.

Since Schmidt and the boys began the preseason, this team posted seven wins, counting in the last two competitive legs, in the UCL and the domestic league.

Soccer Stats

UCL stats tell us that in all games, they netted at least twice, while in the past four, Benfica reached 20 goals, which is magnificent, having in mind that they played against Newcastle and Fulham, for instance.

They usually concede on the other side, but the attackers not only cover that up but make a significant difference up front.

Benfica’s Possible Starting Lineup:

  • Vlachodimos
  • Gilberto
  • Otamendi
  • Morato
  • Grimaldo
  • Luis, Fernandez
  • Neres
  • Silva
  • Mario
  • Ramos

Benfica Injury Report:

Lucas Verissimo is the only one out for the guests.

Midtjylland vs. Benfica Pick and Prediction

We hope to see Midtjylland in a bit more courageous and offensive-mined mood. They should attack in front of their own fans and try to win a game, at least if there isn’t a possibility of advancing to the next round. Miracles do happen, but we doubt one might take place here.

Benfica are always playing strong and aggressive, regardless of the venue. When we combine these two factors, over 3 goals in this event is the most realistic outcome here.

Who to Bet On?

Midtjylland has nothing to lose, and for the sake of the reputation, they need to win; thus, the hosts should attack.

On the other side, fired-up Eagles are in one hell of a scoring form. All this needs to result in high efficiency.

Soccer Pick: Over 3 (+115)

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