This Thursday, Benfica receives Shakhtar Donetsk on the occasion of the 16th final of the Europa League return. Both teams want to access the next round.
Benfica vs Shakhtar Donetsk Free Betting Tips
Present in Group G of the Champions League, in which also included Leipzig, Lyon and Zenit, Benfica finally inherited 3rd place in the ranking. Last week, the team lost their first leg of the Europa League’s knockout stages in the Shakhtar (2-1), but the score remains rather positive before playing back in front of their supporters on Thursday. On the national scene, the Benfiquists are currently at the top of the classification and have 1 point ahead of their runner-up, Porto. Defeated only once in the first 19 days, for 18 wins, they then lost 2 league games played in Porto (3-2) and against Braga (0-1). Last Monday, the team responded by winning over Gil Vicente (0-1).
Shakhtar were transferred to the Europa League after finishing in 3rd place in Group C of the Champions League, behind Manchester City and Atalanta but in front of Dinamo Zagreb. In front of its supporters, the Donetsk-based team proved to be a dominator against Benfica last week but the goal conceded at home is obviously not a good deal before this return match (2-1). In the championship, the Ukrainians crush the competition and take 1st place in the ranking with a record of 17 victories and 2 draws. Last weekend, they won at home against Desna (1-0).
The staff for Benfica vs Shakhtar Donetsk
3 elements are lacking in Benfica for this return match: they are the usual holders Andre Almeida and Gabriel and the now replacement Jardel, all injured. Note the return of suspension from the German midfielder recruited this winter Julian Weigl. Carlos Vinicius (14 goals and 5 assists in the league) and Pizzi (12 goals and 8 assists) are impressive in the league this season.
For Shakhtar Donetsk, the usual substitutes Solomon and Dentinho are injured. The important Brazilian defender Dodo was suspended during the first leg and returned. The Moraes, Marlos and Taison frames are however well available.
Free Betting Tips Benfica vs Shakhtar Donetsk
The Shakhtar can take advantage of Benfica’s current bad pass to avoid defeat on Thursday and thus access the next round.
Betting Tips: Draw or Shakhtar Donetsk