On Tuesday, 7 August 2018, Benfica Lisbon and Fenerbahce Istanbul face each other at 21:00 (CET) in the first leg of the third round of the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League qualifying round. The runners-up from Portugal and Turkey want to get hold of one of the two places for the group stage of this year’s season in the premier class, which there for the eight European runners who are still in the placement path of the Champions League qualification in the race, In the odds Benfica against Fenerbahce is at least for this first leg in the role of favorites, a good starting position for the second leg in the Istanbul cauldron but certainly also urgently need. There have been so many European top team impressed by the scenery left feathers, which is why you want to optimally a home win with two goals and at best even without conceding goal. Whether this is possible will be revealed by the analysis we have done in this paper. We’ll tell you what the outcome of the Champions League prediction is like for Benfica against Fenerbahce.
Tomorrow’s Monday will also see the draw for what will ultimately be the finalists in the UEFA Champions League group stage final play-offs for the side that will eventually prevail here. You can choose from either the winner of the match between Standard Liege and Ajax Amsterdam or the winner between PAOK Thessaloniki and Spartak Moscow, No easy way to get hold of one of the rare tickets for the premier class, which have not yet been awarded, because for the season 2018/19, the mode of the premier class has changed again, so now 26 of the 32 teams in the group stage are already set early, while only six teams still on the Champions way (4x) and placement path (2x) can earn their starting right. For the first time teams including the third from France or the fourth from England, Spain, Germany and Italy are automatically qualified for the preliminary round of the premier class. Teams that have traditionally landed to the play-offs in the lostopf in the past. Andthat’s just fine news for Benfica Lisbon and Fenerbahce Istanbul, because although the way to the premier class is still far away, at least not a perfect heavyweight can come anymore . Liverpool Borussia Dortmund or Inter Milan could have been waiting for fourth place in their leagues after old mode.
However, in this post we want to focus on the first leg in Lisbon’s Estádio da Luz, where the point is to set the course for the second leg match in Istanbul next week . And to find out who can get the better starting position here, a closer look at the two opponents is indispensable.
Benfica Lisbon – Again many painful departures
It seems to be a “neverending story”, but this summer too Benfica Lisbon had to say goodbye to some players that they would have loved to have kept in a club. Alone with Joao Carvalho, André Horta and Bryan Cristante lost three midfielders – all still under 23 years old – who have seen no perspective with the Eagles. And that puts Rui Vitória, who is now in his fourth year in office, once again ahead of the difficult task, the club that has already won seven times in the Champions League final (or Eurpoa Cup of the national champions) and 1961 and In 1962, he also twice won the overall title, successfully leading the team to the next season, Having last celebrated four more championships in series in Portugal between 2014 and 2017, they also had to settle for second place this summer at national level. As indispensable to appear these days in thick transfer plus still further additions. A Champions League starting position would certainly strengthen the bargaining position of the Adler .
Fenerbahce Istanbul – revenge for the season 2012/13
Apart from the Fernandao from Brazil, who has fallen into the highest league in Saudi Arabia, there were no significant departures in the yellow and dark blue this summer, which is an important step in terms of competitiveness in national football was . In conjunction with a number of hopeful new additions, which must, however, in most cases not be used in this Champions League qualifier, new coach Philip Cocu with a quite powerful squad together, which would like to build on former international successes, as for example in the Season 2012/13 to date the only time in the club’s history reached the semifinals of a European competition, In the Europa League it was back then to deal with today’s opponent Benfica Lisbon, against whom, despite a 1-0 home win in the first leg because of a 1: 3 away break finally but did not work with the first move into an endgame. And this is precisely what the euphoric Turks want to return the favor five and a half years later by making the eagles into the premier league and doing better than in the 2016/17 season, when they were last in the Champions League qualifying in the placement path on AS Monaco had failed – also then in the third qualifying round. You certainly bring along the playful potential. But it is important that you secure a good starting position. And that means that in addition to an away goal if possible holds the draw in Portugal, but loses a maximum of one goal difference.
Benfica vs Fenerbahce Record – Previous meetings
There have already been four international competitive matches between Benfica and Fenerbahce. We already mentioned their duels in the semifinal of the Europa League 2012/13, when the Portuguese got the final ticket after the 0-1 away defeat with their 3-1 home win. Interesting: for the 1975/76 season, both teams have ever faced each other in the Champions League qualification. At that time, the Portuguese won at home more than clearly with 7: 0. In sum, both teams come up with two matches each in this direct comparison .
Benfica – Fenerbahce Prediction – Champions League Game on 07/08/2018
Although a 7-0 victory as 43 years ago is almost completely unthinkable, the odds Benfica against Fenerbahce are clearly the favorites. An assessment, which also goes back to the home strength of the Eagles, who have their own witches cauldron in the home Estádio da Luz. After all, the two-time Champions League winner was for a long time the highest-ranking club in the world, which means that the more than 65,000 seats here are always occupied. In the sum of the Turks, which are missing many new entries, while midfield engine Josef additionally has to sit still a card lock from the preseason, only left in this away game to hope for a good starting position.
Already the draw seems to us to be a bit too unrealistic, which is why we can only recommend Tip 1 in our forecast for Benfica against Fenerhace .
Benfica – Fenerbahce Odds * – Champions League Match on 07/08/2018
Tip 1 (Benfica): 1,55
Tip X (Draw): 3,90
Tip 2 (Fenerbahce): 6,00