Match Preview: Dinamo Zagreb 1-0 Benfica Prediction and Betting Tips | Europa League (1/8-finals)

Dinamo Zagreb – Benfica betting tips for today, March 7, 2019

Kick-off: 18:55 Dinamo Zagreb – Benfica
Football: Europa League – 1/8-finals
Tip: Over 1.5 Goals
Odds: 1.44
Bookmaker: Bet365
Match Result: 1:0 LOST

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Dinamo Zagreb are in the last-16 of the Europa League (EL) for the first time in their history after an unbeaten run in the group stage (W4, D2). The Stadion Maksimir has been something of a fortress in the EL, with Dinamo unbeaten in each of their last seven EL matches here (W5, D2) – scoring 17 goals in the process.
This season alone, Dinamo are averaging a very decent 2.5 goals per EL home match. However, their passion could easily boil over, as with 19 yellows and one red so far, Dinamo have taken an average of 2.5 cards per match in the EL since the start of the group stage.
Benfica travel here having appeared in more EL knockout matches than any other side, and have defeated strong opposition in Sporting Lisbon, Porto, and Galatasaray across their last four away matches, scoring at least twice in each.
The ‘Eagles’ have also progressed from each of their previous four (W5, D3) appearances in this round of the EL. Their recent history in this competition also implies that Dinamo will have trouble breaking them down, as Benfica have kept a clean sheet in five of their last seven EL matches.
Players to watch: Dinamo star Bruno Petković has found the net in three of his last four appearances in all competitions – each of his last two were the final goal of the match.
Benfica’s Haris Seferović has scored or assisted in each of his side’s last five away matches in all competitions (four goals, two assists).
Stat attack: Dinamo have failed to score in both of their previous UEFA-sanctioned matches against Benfica.
Over in the Primeira Liga, Benfica’s last three away league matches have seen an ‘Eagles’ player sent-off, but also a goal for Benfica between the 46th-60th minute.
Dinamo have gone four EL home games without conceding a first-half goal.

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