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Benfica vs Midtjylland Prediction and Betting Odds | UEFA Champions League August 2

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Benfica vs Midtjylland play the first leg of their UEFA Champions League qualifier with the second leg coming next week. WagerTalk soccer handicapper Kevin Dolan shares his thoughts on Tuesday’s clash between Benfica and Midtjylland.

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Tuesday, August 2 UEFA Champions League Betting Notes
Benfica: -325
Midtjylland: +898
Draw: +454
Total: 2.75 Goals (Odds Above Courtesy of DraftKings)
Game Time: 3:00pm ET / 12:00pm PT

Benfica vs Midtjylland Analysis

2019-20 Danish Superliga champions (and back-to-back runners-up) FC Midtjylland travel over to Lisbon on Tuesday to take on Portugal’s most successful ever club in Benfica in what will be a huge European matchup between the two clubs.

Midtjylland kicked off their new 2022-23 Danish club season with one draw and one defeat, but absolutely blitzed past Odense on the road in their last game with a comprehensive 5-1 victory.

Over in Portugal however, it’s now been back-to-back third-place finishes for Benfica in the league as they’ve slipped off the pace domestically, but this is a team who always show up in Europe, reaching the Champions League quarter-finals last season against Liverpool and drawing 3-3 against them in Anfield.

This will be the team’s first meeting in European competition.

Midtjylland Eager To Continue European Run

With FC Midtjylland reaching a Champions League group stage in 2020-21 and a Europa League group stage in 2021-22, the Danish side will no doubt be eager to keep that run going by reaching yet another big European competition this season also.

However, being forced into a penalty shootout against last season’s Cypriot runners-up AEK Larnaca in the previous round hardly bodes well for them ahead of this one and they’ll need a huge performance boost here if they’re going to overcome Benfica on Tuesday.

Life Without Nunez

Last season’s Portuguese Primeira Liga top scorer Darwin Nunez headed over to Liverpool in the summer, a club he coincidentally scored twice against in last season’s Champions League quarter-final, and Benfica are adapting to life without their star forward ahead of this year.

21-year-old Goncalo Ramos has been the player most eager to step up to the plate scoring three goals over his last three pre-season friendlies for Benfica and he bagged three goals for the Portugal U21 team over the summer as well.

Benfica vs Midtjylland Prediction

It’s very difficult to see anything other than a comprehensive Benfica victory here on Tuesday, especially in a venue where they’ve only lost to FC Porto and Liverpool since February, and with FC Midtjylland arguably in regression mode as well.

However, laying -1.75 on the handicap is a little too rich for our blood, needing Benfica to win by at least three goals in order to fully cash our ticket, so we’re going to combine the Benfica win with the over 2.5 goals in this one at -110 as the play for Tuesday.

Benfica have seen an average of 5.67 goals per game over their last three home matches while FC Midtjylland have seen an average of 3.6 goals per game across their last five away matches, so plenty of action is expected in this one.

Take the combination prop play of Benfica & Over 2.5 goals on Tuesday at -110 as the play in the Champions League third-round qualifier matchup between FC Midtjylland and Benfica in Lisbon this midweek.

Prediction: Parlay Benfica ML & Over 2.5 Goals

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Meet the Author

‘The sharpest sports mind in Ireland’ is how one prominent newspaper dubbed Kevin Dolan after he became the first foreigner ever to win the World Series of Handicapping tournament back in 2015. “The Irishman” made his start wagering on GAA, football, soccer and boxing, all to immense success. Since becoming a professional bettor, he has since lit up the sports betting scene in the U.S. and abroad, winning two handicapping awards and writing a best-selling book on sports handicapping named ‘The Complete Guide to Sports Betting’.

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