Club Brugge needs a miracle of biblical proportions on Tuesday night when they play Benfica in the second leg of their round of 16 encounter in Portugal. After the first leg in Belgium, which Roger Schmidt’s squad won 2-0 thanks to some sloppy defense from Scott Parker’s side, the Americans headed back home with a 2-0 advantage.
Benfica, who have been steadily rising to the top of the Portuguese first division, had to wait for their chance to win at the Jan-Breydel-Stadion in the first leg against Brugge on February 15. Eventually, they got it, and two costly errors from the Belgian heavyweights handed the Eagles victory on a silver platter.
For the first time in their 119-year history, Benfica has a chance to reach the quarterfinals of the Champions League in consecutive seasons after reaching the semifinals in 2021-22 and losing to Liverpool in the round of eight. Nonetheless, the Portuguese heavyweights have never advanced to the championship semi-finals.
From the year 2020, only Bayern Munich and Liverpool have been able to defeat Benfica in the Champions League at Stadium da Luz. Two goals from Goncalo Ramos on Friday helped Benfica beat Famalicao 2-0, giving Schmidt’s squad a comfortable eight-point lead over second-place Porto.
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But, despite the well-dressed Parker presiding over a Champions League match, the former England international has said that he is worried about his future in the Brugge hot seat during the bad run for the Belgian champions.
The former Bournemouth manager couldn’t have prevented two individual errors in the first leg, and Brugge haven’t fared much better at home, winning just two of their last thirteen games in the top division while miserably defending their crown.
Parker expressed doubt after the defeat as to whether he would be retained for Tuesday’s second leg, but 48 hours from now, he will have the distinction of becoming the first Brugge manager to officiate a Champions League match.
Benfica vs Club Brugge Game Information
- Date: 03/07/2023
- Time: 03:00 PM ET
- Location: Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica, Lisboa.
- How to Watch: Benfica vs Club Brugge Paramount+
- Live Stream: fubo.tv
Benfica vs Club Brugge Betting Lines
Benfica is -250 according to our Vegas Champions League Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $40.On the other side, Club Brugge is +700 according to the Vegas Champions League Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $700.
The implied probability for these two teams attached to the betting lines has Benfica at a 71.43% chance of winning the game, meanwhile Club Brugge has 12.50% probability of finishing the game with the W.
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