Benfica v Bayern Munich tips – Germans will surge into semi-finals

Benfica provided Bayern will a tough task last week, however the Germans will prove too strong in Portugal tonight

Benfica v Bayern Munich tips – Germans will surge into semi-finals

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Glen Laidlaw

April 13th, 2016

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Many were of the opinion that this Champions League quarter-final tie would be completely out of Benfica’s reach after the first leg at the Allianz Arena, however credit to the visitors on that occasion as they held Bayern to a one-goal lead heading into this second-leg .

Nevertheless, it is still a massive mountain for Benfica to climb in order to secure a place in the semi-finals of the competition although they will have been buoyed by their performance against the Bundesliga leaders last week.

Indeed, the game seemed to be heading for a rout with Bayern scoring in the second minute through Arturo Vidal. Nevertheless, this proved to be the game’s only goal and Benfica goalkeeper Emerson Moraes certainly played a part in keeping Bayern’s advantage to a single goal, the player resisting all that the German side could throw at him.

Pep Guardiola’s side remain clear favourites to progress through to the next round of the competition at odds of 1/12 with BetVictor, however they are no shorter than 4/7 to win this evening and the Bayern boss certainly won’t be complacent before this clash, giving Bayern’s opponents due credit for their performance in Munich.

“Benfica move so well and there was not a lot of space for us in the middle of the pitch apart from the final 20 minutes of the first half,” he said.

“The early goal was important but we never lost concentration. We dominated and could have doubled our advantage, but qualification will be decided over the course of the two matches. I expected this, it is normal.”

When asked whether he was of the opinion that their slender 1-0 lead was somewhat dangerous, he added: “That depends on our performance in Lisbon. We will head there with the intention of winning.

“The result is close but it’s okay. I’m very happy with the result because I know how good our opponents are.”

We believe that tonight’s hosts will struggle to repeat their excellent performance from the first leg, given that a massive gulf in class clearly separates the sides. Indeed, it wouldn’t be a surprise were Bayern to put four or five past the hosts in what could prove to be a very one-sided affair. We’ll stop short of backing a rout by the Germans but we will be backing a Bayern win-to-nil at odds of 6/4 with Sky Bet.

 

 

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