Match date: 14 Feb 2017
| Sport: Football
| Competition: UEFA Champions League
| Stake: 9/10
| Pick: over 2.5
| Match result:
1-0 - Lost
Benfica did a decent job in this season, in Portugal Primeira league are at leading position but with only one point more than second placed Porto and defending of a title won't be very easy, however still are main pretenders for it, about three weeks ago were eliminated from League Cup, after that suffered their second defeat in league in this campaign against Setubal away from home with narrow result but they managed to get back on the tracks and in last two games achieved two convincing victories over Arouca and Nacional, that was really important for them before big game in Champions league tonight where are welcoming Dortmund in first leg of 1/8 finals. Hosts didn't impressed with performances in Champions league and collected only 8 points out of six rounds in group stage but that was enough for second position and progress into knockout stage. This is their first meeting with Germans in modern history and it won't be easy at all to achieve positive outcome but they must take advantage here since in rematch in Germany will be much harder. So far they suffered five defeats in all competitions in this campaign and four of them came on travelings, only Napoli defeated them at this stadium, now are underdogs and must show some really great skills to defeat pretty strong guests. Hosts are offensive minded side, they are on top of scoring charts in Portugal league with 47 goals scored while also had one of the best defenses with only 12 goals conceded. They aren't without chances for sure and i believe that we'll watch great open match. Defenders Lopes (7/3) and Grimaldo (8/2) are both injured, forward Zivkovic (7/0) is suspended while forward Jonas (9/5) is having issues with minor injury and his appearance is in doubt.
Dortmund on the other hand had some gaps in this season and were struggling to find the right form, in German Bundesliga are at 4th spot at the table with 15 points behind leaders Bayern Munich and are out of title race, however still are in game for direct placement into Champions league group stage for the next season, in German Cup reached quarter finals after eliminating Hertha Berlin one week ago while in previous round of Bundesliga were defeated by bottom placed Darmstadt away from home, that was a bad sign before this really important game, tonight must try to at least avoid defeat, hosts are strong side and this won't be an easy game. Dortmund was pretty good in Champions league group stage and ended up at leading position in their group above Spanish Real Madrid, now they should be able to win their progress into quarter finals but it requires some really great football in two matches. Visitors suffered all of their defeats in this season on travelings and this will for sure be another hard game, they are in decent shape and that last defeat was their only in 13 games. Guests are offensive minded side, same as hosts and this will for sure be exciting match, stake is big and teams won't rush anything but i'm pretty sure that none of the teams won't keep a clean sheet tonight. Midfielders Gotze (11/1), Bender (2/0), Sahin (1/0), Rode (11/1) and Mor (8/1) will al remain sidelined for this game due to injuries.
This will be a great clash for sure, hosts are in good shape, they managed to get back on the tracks after two defeats and seems ready for this match, guests meanwhile are coming here after surprisingly were defeated by last placed team in Bundesliga, still they are slight favorites but goals is what i'm sure that we'll see here and over 2.5 seems like a very good choice.