Benfica vs Liverpool Prediction 6 April 2022
Benfica will host Liverpool in the first leg of the 2021/22 Champions League quarter-finals , Wednesday 6 April 2022. The match at the Estadio da Luz is scheduled to kick-off at 020 WIB.
Benfica appeared mighty in the previous round and managed to get rid of Ajax Amsterdam 3-2 on aggregate. This time, the opponent is arguably more severe. The Portuguese representative had to face Liverpool, who had previously eliminated Inter Milan.
Benfica and Liverpool last met in the 2009/10 Europa League quarter-finals. At that time, Liverpool eliminated Benfica 5-3 on aggregate (1-2 away, 4-1 home).
Liverpool itself has met with other Portuguese representatives in the group phase this season, namely Porto. Jurgen Klopp's men won 5-1 in Portugal with goals from Mohamed Salah (2), Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino (2), then won 2-0 at Anfield through goals from Thiago and Mohamed Salah.
On paper, Liverpool are stronger, but the success of getting rid of Ajax makes Benfica not to be underestimated. Liverpool must be wary, especially of Darwin Nunez, Benfica's temporary top scorer in all competitions this season with 27 goals in 34 appearances.
However, it must be admitted that Liverpool, who have always won without conceding in the last four matches, also always won in their last seven away games, deserved to be favorites.
Benfica in the 2021/22 Champions League © AP Photo
Benfica (4-4-2): Vlachodimos; Grimaldo, Vertonghen, Otamendi, Gilberto; Everton, Weigl, Taarabt, Rafa; Nunez, Ramos.
Coach: Nelson Verissimo (interim).
Squad info: Verissimo (injured), Pinho (injured), Taarabt (doubtful).
Liverpool (4-3-3): Alisson; Robertson, Van Dijk, Matip, Alexander-Arnold; Thiago, Fabinho, Henderson; Diaz, Mane, Salah.
Coach: Jurgen Klopp.
Squad info: Matip (doubtful), Keita (doubtful), Jones (doubtful).
Head-to-Head and Performance
Diogo Jota celebrates after scoring for Liverpool © AP Photo
Head-to-Head in UEFA Competitions
Benfica wins: 4
Benfica goals: 11
Liverpool win: 6
Liverpool goals: 19.
Last 5 Meetings
08-04-2010 Liverpool 4-1 Benfica (UEL)
01-04-2010 Benfica 2-1 Liverpool (UEL)
08-03-2006 Liverpool 0-2 Benfica (UCL)
21-02-2006 Benfica 1-0 Liverpool (UCL)
07-11-1984 Benfica 1-0 Liverpool (European Champions Clubs' Cup).
Benfica's Last 5 Matches (MSMMK)
06-03-22 Portimonense 1-2 Benfica (League)
12-03-22 Benfica 1-1 Vizela (League)
16-03-22 Ajax 0-1 Benfica (UCL)
21-03-22 Benfica 2-1 Estoril (League)
02-04-22 Braga 3-2 Benfica (League).
Liverpool's Last 5 Matches (KMMMM)
09-03-22 Liverpool 0-1 Inter (UCL)
12-03-22 Brighton 0-2 Liverpool (EPL)
17-03-22 Arsenal 0-2 Liverpool (EPL)
21-03-22 N Forest 0-1 Liverpool (FA Cup)
02-04-22 Liverpool 2-0 Watford (EPL).