On August 18, Benfica will face Eindhoven at home in the first round of the Champions League playoff.
Benfica is a veteran team in the Portuguese Super League, which not only has good results in the league, but also has been in the European competition for many years.
Last season, Benfica finished 3rd in the league and qualified for the UEFA Champions League playoffs.
Benfica made a lot of actions in the summer window this year, bringing in João Mario (Inter Milan), Mete (Torino) and Gil Dias (Monaco), but also had 8 players leave the team, such as Pedrinho, Seve, Fernandez and Dantas, so there is not much growth from that strength.
Benfica’s recent form is not bad, has collected 4 consecutive wins. In the Champions League, the team beat Spartak Moscow in two rounds. In the league, Benfica has also won 2 straight matches. In the first round, Eindhoven opened the season with a win against Morrisons, and then in the last round, they beat Eroica 2-0 with goals from Walderschmidt and Janiczuk.
Eindhoven was the runner-up of last season’s Dutch Eredivisie and got a direct qualifying spot for the Champions League. The team eliminated Galatasaray and Midtjylland of Denmark, and achieved a double victory against both teams.
In the league, Eindhoven’s first match of the new season was against last season’s Dutch Eredivisie champions Ajax, and the team finally opened the season with a 4-0 victory away from home against their old rivals.
Eindhoven played away to Heracles in the last league match. The team still performed strongly, with 63% possession, 19 shots and 6 shots on goal, more than 3 times than the opponent. With the goals of Bruma and Marduk, the team won 2-0. The team has now won 7 consecutive matches in all competitions.
In this match, the manager Roger Schmitt also gave some of his players a chance to play.In this match, manager Roger Schmitt rotated some of the main players, such as Zahavi, who came on as a substitute in the second half.
Recently, Benfica has been performing well in the new season, with 4 consecutive wins. Eindhoven is even stronger, with 7 consecutive wins. From the current attitude of all parties, the support for Benfica is not strong, so Eindhoven is expected to draw or win this battle.
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