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Liverpool vs Benfica in the Champions League on April 13, 2022 – Odds & Prediction

Liverpool vs Benfica in the Champions League on April 13, 2022 – Odds & Prediction

Liverpool host Benfica at Anfield in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie after taking a commanding 3-1 lead in the first meeting last week.

Goals from Ibrahima Konate, Sadio Mane and Luis Diaz have put the Premier League giants in full control of the tie, while Darwin Nunez has given Benfica some hope of pulling off an unlikely comeback on Merseyside.

Diaz’s late third was potentially a killer blow, and that is reflected in the fact that Liverpool are heavy favourites at 3/10 to win (888sport) on the night within 90 minutes, while Benfica are available at 7/1(LeoVegas) .

The Reds are available at 1/300 to win (Betway) the tie, and so that says a lot about how the bookies feel about who is heading to the last four of the Champions League.

Particularly with a lively Anfield faithful backing them on a European night, Benfica face a real uphill task to advance.

Continue reading for our expert football betting tips for the clash.

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Liverpool to win 1-0, 2-0, 2-1

With the job almost done, Liverpool don’t have to go all-out attack in this one and so while the expectation will be to win, the priority will be to keep things tight early on and see out the tie.

That will in turn open up counter-attack opportunities later in the game as Benfica start to throw players forward in search of goals, and while they’ll have to breach a strong Liverpool backline, it could be a low-scoring game that Liverpool ultimately edge.

With that in mind, we can’t ignore the odds of 5/2 (LeoVegas) – as well available with all of the reliable sports betting websites – for a Liverpool win either 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1.

Liverpool Form, squad news, opinion

Liverpool are on a stunning run of wins in the Premier League, and that has ultimately led them right back into the title race.

In terms of their European run thus far though, they won all six of their group stage games, scoring 17 and conceding six.

While they did lose at home to Inter in the last round after picking up an advantage in the first leg in Milan, Klopp will hope they’ve learnt their lessons from that night and will make it much more comfortable for their fans.

The Reds scored at least two goals in every home game in the group stage, and with a full squad at Klopp’s disposal for this one, he doesn’t have any fresh injury concerns that will worry him.

With the quality running through their side from back to front, it’s difficult to see Liverpool spurning their lead.

Benfica form, squad news, opinion

Benfica just about scraped through the group stage with two wins, two draws and two defeats. The Portuguese giants managed just seven goals in those six games.

To their credit, they did well to eliminate Ajax last time out as they secured a crucial win away in Amsterdam, and so they’ll certainly gain confidence from that.

Further, they’ll study Inter’s success over Liverpool at Anfield in the last round, and if they can replicate that, they will feel as though they have a chance.

However, this is an entirely different challenge and while they don’t have any new injury setbacks, it’s questionable as to whether they have the firepower to really trouble Liverpool and overturn such a deficit.

History

In 11 previous meetings, Liverpool have picked up seven wins while Benfica have won four, with no draws between these two sides.

As noted above, Liverpool secured a 3-1 victory in their most recent meeting last week, and that made it two on the bounce after a 4-1 win at Anfield in 2010.

In five previous clashes at Anfield, the Reds have won on four occasions, and so that may well play on the minds of the players, particularly the Benfica XI, as they’ll know the size of the task in front of them.

About the Venue

Anfield has a capacity of close to 54,000, and this will undoubtedly be a sell-out as the home faithful will turn out in their numbers.

As we’ve come to expect on European nights at Anfield, they will create a special atmosphere, particularly if the team respond and give them something to get behind the team.

That in turn usually involves Klopp’s men making a fast start and putting the opposition under pressure, and with a cauldron-like feeling, it will be another factor that Benfica will have to manage and avoid becoming influential.

Conclusion

Liverpool are heavy favourites both to win on the night and to advance to the semi-finals, and so there is unsurprisingly little value in backing the Reds.

That in turn means we have to look at other markets including the margin of victory and the Over/Under goals options, and while we back a home win in a relatively low-scoring encounter, time will tell if the opening stages of the game blow it wide open.

Ahead of kick-off though, Benfica have it all to do on Merseyside to turn this around, and given how strong Liverpool look and with home advantage, it doesn’t look great for the visitors.

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