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With one foot in the semifinals of the Champions League, Liverpool welcomes Benfica to Anfield for the second leg of their quarterfinal tie on Wednesday. If you want to bet on the UCL and take advantage of the best betting markets and bonuses in the industry, our sportsbook is your one-stop store.

Let’s check the latest news, stats, injury reports, and Champions League odds for Liverpool vs Benfica. We’ve plenty of predictions for you to consider.

Liverpool vs Benfica Game Preview, Live Stream, Odds, Picks & Predictions

Liverpool: Superpower

Jurgen Klopp’s side claimed an impressive 3-1 win in the first leg at the Estadio da Luz and is aiming to set up a clash with either Bayern Munich or Villarreal in the semis of the competition. The English giants were in total control during the first half, and they capitalized on their dominance, scoring two goals through Ibrahima Konate and Sadio Mane. Darwin Nunez reduced the deficit in the second half, but Luis Diaz restored Liverpool’s advantage in the last minute of the game.

On top of that, the Reds kept their Premier League title hopes alive last weekend, holding leaders Manchester City to a 2-2 draw in the most entertaining match of the season. The Reds are in good form at Anfield with eight wins in their last nine games, with five of those victories coming with clean sheets.

Liverpool is the clear favorite to advance in the semis, having created a considerable gap in the first leg. After playing a high-intensity game against the Citizens, it will be interesting to see whether Jurgen Klopp gives some key players a rest or plays his best lineup.

It has been 20 years since Liverpool was last knocked out from the Champions League double-legged ties after prevailing in the first leg. We expect another dominant contest from the Reds and, given their home record and their world-class squad, we will include them in our soccer picks and parlays.

We will probably see Roberto Firmino and Diaz back in the starting lineup alongside Mohamed Salah. The Egyptian international needs just one more goal to overtake Steven Gerrard as Liverpool’s Champions League record top scorer on home soil.

Benfica: Game Over

Benfica will once again rely on young Uruguayan striker Nunez, who scored their only goal in the reverse fixture. Benfica boss Nelson Verissimo has named his price tag of $150m for Nunez amid his links to the two Manchester giants, City and United. Nunez underlined his growing reputation as one of European football’s hottest prospects on Saturday, scoring a hat trick as Benfica beat Belenenses 3-1, taking his tally for the season up to 31.

Nunez’s goal has at least given the Portuguese outfit a slight glimmer of hope for the trip to Anfield, but they need a miracle in order to beat Liverpool by a three-goal margin. With five rounds remaining till the end of their domestic season, Benfica is trailing second-place Sporting by nine points, so their hopes for a direct Champions League group spot for the next season are limited. Instead, they will be forced to play qualifiers since we don’t expect them to go all the way and lift the trophy this season. If you’re soccer betting, don’t even think about an upset on Wednesday.

The Portuguese side will be without Lucas Verissimo, who remains out of contention for the long-term alongside striker Rodrigo Pinho. Jan Vertonghen will be back in the starting lineup following a domestic ban, and the ex-Tottenham Hotspur man should take his rightful spot at the back alongside experienced Nicolas Otamendi.

Liverpool vs Benfica Head-to-Head

Liverpool’s 3-1 victory in the first leg was the seventh win in 11 mutual encounters for the Premier League side. The two teams never ended a match in a draw. Benfica has failed to score in three of their last five Champions League away fixtures, including a qualifying round against PSV. The hosts have won each of their last five games against Portuguese sides in the Champions League, scoring 16 goals and only conceding three in the process. They are unbeaten in nine matches against Portuguese opposition in the competition since 2006.

Liverpool vs Benfica Game Information

  • Game: Liverpool (8-0-1) vs Benfica (3-3-3)
  • Location: Estadio da Luz (Lisbon)
  • Day/Time: Wednesday, April 13th, 3 p.m. ET
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Liverpool vs Benfica Betting Lines

Liverpool vs Benfica Predictions

The hosts enter this clash as heavy favorites being priced at -350 on the three-way moneyline according to the latest soccer odds while the goal line is set at 3½.

Jurgen Klopp is expected to rest some of his key players ahead of their FA Cup semifinal game against Man City, but still, the Reds should have enough to progress in the semifinals with a double victory. They will definitely try to solve the match from the first half and enjoy a calm second half. In terms of goals, we don’t expect four so the under 3½ goals is the play.

At the same time, we don’t believe that Liverpool will destroy Benfica, so we will avoid betting on them to cover the spread. They have a tough schedule till the end of the season in all competitions so they will try to force a win by more than one goal.

Pick: Under 3½ goals -125

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