To established sides of European competitions go head-to-head in the Champions League playoff over the next week and while it will be a shame to only see one of these sides remain in the competition, that is the way it will be and we're expecting an excellent set of encounters between the pair.
Our Top Tips for Benfica vs PSV
- Prediction one: Both Teams to Score – BTTS @ 5/7
- Prediction two: Total Goals – Over 2.5 Goals @ 5/6
- Prediction three: Correct Score – 2-2 Draw @ 11/1
The odds provided are up to date at the time of publication. Odds are subject to change though and you should always check with your bookmaker before placing any bets. Our recommended bookmaker for this match is Netbet.
Both teams have scored in each of the three competitive and non-competitive meetings between these two clubs. Benfica have scored in each of their last six matches and the same goes for PSV, so you can see just why we're backing both teams to score on Wednesday.
Over 2.5 Goals
These two sides have met three times before and on each occasion, over 2.5 goals have been scored. Four of PSV's last six matches have also produced over 2.5 goals, including both legs against Galatasaray which ended 2-1 and 5-1 in the Dutch side's favour.
Both teams head into the 1st leg in excellent form with Benfica unbeaten in their last six matches and PSV unbeaten in their last six outings as well. Benfica have scored no more than 2-goals in any of their last six matches but have reached that exact total in each of their last four outings. PSV have scored two or more goals in all bar one of their last six fixtures, so you can see just why we've plumped for a 2-2 draw on Wednesday.
Benfica vs PSV: Stats, Markets & Odds
Both teams overcame the odds in the last round
Benfica will be looking to improve this season after seeing their local rivals Sporting win the Primeira Liga title and qualifying for the Champions League proper will help them build up some momentum. Benfica strolled past Spartak Moscow in the last round, winning 2-0 home and away for a comfortable 4-0 aggregate victory. Benfica are yet to really be challenged at the back this season but their guests on Wednesday have looked very good going forward this season, so it should be a great test.
PSV ran out 4-0 aggregate winners against Danish side Midtjylland in the last round but will be expecting more of a test from Benfica. PSV are in top form right now and even hammered Ajax 4-0 in the Dutch Super Cup a little over a week ago, so confidence is sky high in the visitor's camp. Scoring goals has been PSV's strength in the early stages of the new season and both Gotze and Zahavi have looked particularly good in the qualifiers.
Benfica: Vlachodimos, Vertonghen, Otamendi, Grimaldo, Verissimo, Pizzi, Mário, Silva, Weigl, Gonçalves, Ramos.
PSV: Drommel, Ramalho, Max, Boscagli, Teze, Götze, Pröpper, Sangaré, Zahavi, Gakpo, Madueke.
Your Questions – Benfica vs PSV
- Who are the bookmaker's favourites? – Benfica are the bookmaker's favourites.
- Where can I watch this game? – BT Sport 1
- What time does the game kick-off? – 20:00 GMT, 21:00 CET.