PSV vs Benfica prediction, preview, team news and more
PSV Eindhoven welcome Benfica to Philips Stadion for the UEFA Champions League qualifying second leg.
The winners secured a 2-1 victory in the second leg in Portugal and will aim to build on that momentum and secure their place in the group stages of the European tournament.
PSV Eindhoven’s chances of qualifying for the UEFA Champions League group stage were hit hard when they suffered a 2-1 first leg loss to Benfica in the final round of the qualifiers.
In that encounter, Rafa Silva and Julian Weigl gave Benfica a comfortable two-goal lead before Cody Gakpo pulled one away for PSV in the 51st minute.
Prior to that, PSV were on an impressive 16-game unbeaten streak, taking 13 wins and three draws.
However, they rebounded from that result to secure a 4-1 victory over SC Cambuur in the Eredivisie last time around.
Head coach Roger Schmidt will be hopeful his side can build on this performance as they face the severe test of reversing a one-goal deficit against a strong Benfica side on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Benfica jump into the game after a 2-0 win over Gil Vicente in the Portuguese Primeira Liga.
After an uneventful first half, Benfica increased the lead in the second half and were rewarded with goals from Lucas Veríssimo and Alejandro Grimaldo.
Benfica have now won each of their last six games in all competitions and are undefeated in their last 10.
They will now aim to keep the juggernaut as they seek a return to the Champions League group stage.
Head to head PSV vs Benfica
This will be the fifth meeting between the two parties. Benfica have a slight advantage, taking two wins in their previous four meetings. PSV scored a victory, while the loot was shared once.
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PSV vs Benfica team news
The hosts will be deprived of the services of Richard Ledezma, who has been ruled out due to a knee problem.
Injured: Richard Ledezma
The Eagles will be deprived of the services of Darwin Nunez, Haris Seferovic, Ferro and Jan Vertonghen, who have been ruled out due to injuries.
Injured: Darwin Nunez, Haris Seferovic, Ferro, Jan Vertonghen
PSV vs Benfica Predicts XI
PSV Eindhoven Predicts XI (4-3-3): Yvon Mvogo; Philipp Max, Olivier Boscagli, André Ramalho, Jordan Teze; Davy Propper, Mario Gotze, Ibrahim Sangaré; Cody Gakpo, Eran Zahavi, Nony Madueke
Benfica Predicts XI (3-4-3): Odisseas Vlachodimos; Nicolas Otamendi, Morato, Lucas Verissimo; Gil Dias, Soualiho Meite, Pizzi, Gilberto; Roman Yaremchuk, Everton, Gian-Luca Waldschmidt
Prediction PSV vs Benfica
Benfica will approach the game with confidence after scoring an impressive 2-1 first leg victory. While we expect the hosts to fight, we expect Benfica to settle for a share of the booty and claim an overall victory.
Prediction: PSV 1-1 Benfica
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