Our football match prediction:
A place in the Champions League quarter-finals will be at stake when Benfica and Borussia Dortmund face each other in the two-legged tie. Benfica clinched second place in Group B, three points behind Napoli, but they will have a big fish to fry in the tie against the Bundesliga giants. The Eagles are tough to beat at home and the team’s main goal is to keep a clean sheet in the first leg. The Millionaires have been playing below expectations in the 2016/2017 Bundesliga campaign and they are unlikely to put an end to Bayern Munich’s dominance in the German top flight. Thomas Tuchel can count on all of his key players for Tuesday’s football match, but seeing that the visitors are likely to adopt a cautious approach against Benfica, we predict that the two teams will share the spoils in the Estadio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica.
Highlighted Player (Andreas Samaris):
Greece international midfielder Andreas Samaris began his career playing for Panachaiki before his spells with Panionios and Olympiakos. Benfica is the first international experience for the 27-year-old player who arrived in Portugal in 2014. A full international since 2013, Samaris represented Greece at the 2014 FIFA World Cup during which he managed to make his presence known and earn a move abroad. Andreas Samaris operates as a central midfield but is capable of filling in defensive midfielder role. Greek international was the mainstay for Benfica during his first two seasons at the club managing 46 Primeira Liga appearances during the period. He also added 12 Champions League appearances. Andreas Samaras helped Benfica win two Primeira Liga titles, two Taca da Liga trophies and one Super Cup. Greek international was the regular performer for his national team during the unsuccessful Euro 2016 qualifying campaign with ten games to his name.
Highlighted Team (Borussia Dortmund):
1909 by eighteen footballers from Dortmund. Die Schwarzgelben (The Black and Yellows) play their home games at Signal Iduna Park, but the stadium’s original name is Westfalenstadion. The capacity of Borussia’s home ground is 81,539 and it has to be noted that the stadium was opened in 1974. BVB have the highest average attendance in the world of football. Borussia Dortmund have won eight Bundesliga trophies, while clinching the German Cup title three times. However, the club’s biggest success came in 1997 when they outplayed Juventus in the Champions League final. Karl-Heinz Riedle scored a brace for BVB in the 3-1 win over Juve, with Lars Ricken finding the net in the title game as well. Borussia’s biggest rivals are Schalke 04 and the two teams square off against each other in the Revierderby.