Midweek Champions League Tips: Benfica The Best Bet

Our trader has three selections online for this week's Champions League quarter-finals

Steve, Senior Trader

Steve, Senior Trader

11 months ago

Benfica v Inter – 11/4/23

Inter’s away form doesn’t appear to be improving and they might have their work cut out against Benfica on Tuesday night. The Portuguese side are unbeaten at home in this year’s competition, having defeated Juventus and Maccabi Haifi and drawn with PSG in the group stages. They were unlucky not to beat the last named side on xG, and thrashed Club Brugge 5-1 in the latest knockout. Inter’s away form has been ropey all season, and a 0-0 draw at Benfica’s arch rivals Porto last time out was fortunate on expected goals. The Nerazzurri have won just one of their last six away games in the league despite fixtures against Monza, Cremonese, Sampdoria, Bologna, Spezia and Salernitana – all but one of which are in the bottom eight – and will do well to escape the Estádio da Luz without a defeat.

Selection: Benfica @ 6/5

Real Madrid v Chelsea – 11/4/23

Profligate Chelsea continue to frustrate in front of goal and are going to find things seriously tough in Madrid this Tuesday. The appointment of Frank Lampard seemed to have little impact on the Blues’ attacking proficiency on Saturday, as Lampard saw his side lose 1-0 at Molineux to struggling Wolves, with the away side barely testing home ‘keeper Jose Sa. While Real do have a habit of conceding goals at home in Europe, they rarely come up against an attack as blunt as Chelsea’s and can complete back-to-back wins to nil against English sides, having beaten Liverpool 1-0 at the Bernabeau in the last round.

Selection: Real Madrid To Win To Nil @ 9/5

AC Milan v Napoli – 11/4/23

AC Milan dispatched Napoli 4-0 in Serie A just over a week ago but a much tighter game is anticipated in their Champions League match at the San Siro on Tuesday night. Napoli are amongst the most prolific sides in Europe but are not the same side without star striker Victor Osimhen and they will be looking to keep things tight for the home leg, for which the Nigerian international should be available for selection. The Rossineri are solid defensively themselves, so a cagey, low-scoring affair looks the most likely outcome.

Selection: Under 2.5 Goals @ 4/6