Sporting the status of leader of the Portuguese Championship, Benfica debut on Thursday, March 7, in the round of 2018/2019 Europa League. You will face Dynamo Zagreb. The match will be held at the Maksimir stadium in Zagreb, Croatia, starting at 2:55 pm EST. The return match is scheduled for Lisbon on 14 March.The place in the quarterfinals will be in the hands of the team that add more points in the two clashes. In case of a tie, goal balance and number of goals scored away from home serve as defining criteria. If there is not even a tiebreaker, a 30-minute extension – where the visitor has the advantage of a goalless draw – and a penalty shootout are the last features to indicate the winner of the duel.
Field control was crucial for the Croatian side in the first round of the Europa League knockout. The team lost to Plzen in the Czech Republic 2-1 but reversed the situation on the return journey by scoring 3-0. In the Europa League group stage, they completed their participation unbeaten. He reached 14 points (four wins and two draws).On the national scene, your situation is even better. On Saturday, March 2, for the twenty-third round of the Croatian Championship, HNL drew 1-1 away from the home with Lokomotiv Zagreb retaining their full lead. He has 58 points (18 wins, four draws and one loss). They are 14 more than the Rijeka.The achievement of another national title, the thirteenth in 14 years, seems to be a mere matter of time. As principal, he is undefeated in the tournament. He added 35 (11 wins and two draws) of the 39 possible points having scored 31 goals and suffered nine.
In a much more disputed tournament, Benfica took an important step to resume the hegemony of the Portuguese Championship on Saturday, March 2. In the Estádio do Dragão, he put a 2-1 defeat to Porto and took the lead by reaching 59 points (19 wins, two draws and three losses).They are two in front in comparison with the rival. There are still ten matches remaining, but as there is no direct confrontation between them, Benfica depends only on their results to win the trophy.A situation difficult to imagine when analyzing the first round of the Lisbon team, who even managed to advance in the Champions League. The turning point was the change of command. With the resignation of Rui Vitória and the execution of Bruno Lage, who acted as coach of Team B of Benfica, in charge.With him, in 14 matches, the team won 12 times, drew a game and suffered a defeat, just for Porto in the semifinals of the Portuguese League Cup. In the Europa League, the team faced Galatasaray, Turkey, and advanced without further scare. He won the first match 2-1 at the rival’s home. Later, at Luz, only managed the situation with 0-0.For Thursday’s meeting, Lage will have to get around the probable losses for defender Jardel; of midfielder Ljubomir Fejsa; and striker Eduardo Salvio.
History of the bouts between Dínamo Zagreb vs Benfica
The teams had only one encounter before they had their way crossed in the last 16 of the Europa League 2018/2019. It was in the 2004/2005 edition of the tournament. Benfica won 2-0.
Football Prediction of the Day Dinamo Zagreb vs Benfica
Although Dynamo Zagreb leads the Croatian Championship with great play and is unbeaten in their domains, technically Benfica is up one level. Therefore, the prognosis in the success of the Portuguese team seems to be the best option for Thursday’s meeting for the first leg of the round of 2018/2019 round of the Europa League.
Bet Tips: Benfica win