Our betting experts preview the Champions League match between Club Brugge and Benfica and offer team stats, betting tips, and the latest odds.
Club Brugge go up against Benfica at Jan Breydel Stadion on Wednesday for the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.
Benfica enter the knockout stages of the competition as Group H winners, while Club Brugge qualified via a second-place Group B finish.
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Club Brugge Form
Club Brugge look in good shape before their upcoming match, as they seek to remain unbeaten. They started by taking out Zulte Waregem in a 1-2 win, before a 0-0 draw followed against Royal Antwerp. Their most recent outing resulted in a 1-1 draw in a hard-fought encounter with Union St.Gilloise. Scott Parker’s side managed to win two of their past six home matches in the Champions League. In the remaining four, they drew one and lost three, as they scored five and conceded 15 goals.
In their last three matches, Benfica first beat Pacos de Ferreira 0-2, then Arouca by 0-3, and finally Casa Pia AC by 3-0. The Eagles recorded a very decent outcome of four wins from six away matches in the Champions League, in which they banged in 17 goals, whilst conceding seven. They remained undefeated but did draw twice.
Club Brugge vs Benfica Stats
Here are some facts that might be useful for placing bets on the upcoming game between Club Brugge and Benfica. The facts are based on statistics from the last couple of matches that these teams played across all tournaments.
- In the last 6 matches in a row Club Brugge played, both teams scored
- Club Brugge have not won 12 of the last 14 matches
- In 6 of the last 7 home matches Club Brugge played, both teams scored
- Club Brugge have conceded in 12 of the last 14 matches
- Club Brugge have conceded in the last 8 home matches in a row
- Benfica have not lost 39 of the last 41 matches
- Benfica have not lost 29 of the last 31 away matches
- Benfica have scored in 30 of the last 32 away matches
- Benfica have won the last 3 away matches in a row without conceding a goal
- Benfica have scored in 19 of the last 21 matches
Club Brugge vs Benfica – In-form players
Kamal Sowah scored twice in the six most recent games for Club Brugge, with Joao Mario providing four goals for Benfica in his last six.
Club Brugge vs Benfica Betting Tips
Club Brugge have won just once in their last 13 games across all competitions, settling for nine draws and three defeats. Their last four home matches ended in a draw. Benfica are on an eight-match unbeaten run (W6 D2) and have won four of their last five away Champions League games (D1).
Both teams to score
Club Brugge scored the first goal in six out of their last ten games. Benfica scored the opening goal in seven of the last ten games. Both teams have scored in the last 5 consecutive home games Club Brugge played. Benfica should feel cheery over the chances of getting at least one goal this coming Wednesday, as Club Brugge only managed one clean sheet in the previous 10 matches. Benfica claimed six clean sheets in their last 10 games.
Over 2.5 goals happened in four of Club Brugge’s last ten matches across all tournaments. They scored an average of one goal along the way. Over 2.5 goals came up in six of Benfica’s previous ten matches across all tournaments. They managed to score an average of 2.2 goals in these matches. Benfica scored at least once in their previous 8 matches on the bounce.
Match predictions: Club Brugge vs Benfica
To sum up, the upcoming match between Club Brugge and Benfica seems to be a good betting opportunity.