Match Preview: PSV 0-0 Benfica Predictions and Betting Tips 24.08.2021

PSV – Benfica Predictions & Tips For Today, August 24, 2021.

League: Champions League – Qualification – Final
Match: 20:00 PSV – Benfica
Tip: Under 3.5 Goals
Odd: 1.42
Bookmaker: Bet365
Match Result: 0:0 WON!!!

PSV – Benfica Match Preview

  • Qualification to the UEFA Champions League (UCL) group stage hangs in the balance after a hard-fought first leg saw PSV Eindhoven’s 100% winning record this season end. This is the only UCL play-off between two former champions, and it has already provided more action than the 1988 European Cup final between the two, when PSV won on penalties.
  • PSV’s winning run was not the only fatality, as defeat also ended manager Roger Schmidt’s personal unbeaten record against Benfica (W3, D1, L1). A repeat of the scoreline produced by PSV in their last two home H2Hs vs Benfica (2-2) would see them eliminated here, and end their winning run of European home games at five.
  • With another victory over the weekend, Jorge Jesus’ Benfica kept their 100% winning record intact, scoring exactly twice in every game. Avoiding defeat here will guarantee a first UCL group appearance since 2019/20 for the ‘Eagles’, and they look primed to do so, given their 82.76% progression rate in UEFA competition when winning the first leg at home.
  • Astute in defence, Benfica are yet to trail in a game this season. However, they are full of character even when they do, and have managed to avoid defeat in seven of the last 16 competitive games to see them concede first (W5, D2, L9). That is a real possibility again, as they’ve never kept a clean sheet in four UCL H2Hs vs Dutch opposition.
  • Players to watch: PSV’s Cody Gakpo followed up his goal in the reverse leg with an assist at the weekend – he has contributed to a goal in four of his last six appearances. Meanwhile, Benfica’s Rafa Silva is never far away from the action, having scored, assisted or been booked in four of his five appearances this season.
  • Hot stat: When losing the first leg away from home in UEFA competition, PSV have come back to win the tie 40% of the time (12 of 30 occasions).