Portuguese giants, Benfica will face Fenerbahce in their UEFA Champions League qualifying 3rd round fixture on Tuesday. First leg of the fixture is scheduled to be played at the Estadio da Luz, the home ground of Benfica.

Benfica

Benfica have established themselves as a regular Champions League club over last few years and have managed to do so without having to go through qualifying playoffs. Last time Benfica had to take the playoff route to Champions League group stage was back in 2011 and the campaign was a rather successful one.
However, Benfica’s last year’s UEFA Champions League campaign didn’t go according to the plan as they lost all 6 of their group games scoring just once in 6 matches.

Fenerbahce

Fenerbahce will be desperate to qualify for the group stage of Champions League for the first time since 2008-2009 season. They have been in the playoffs 5 times but could not manage to get past the qualifiers.
The shortcomings of Fenerbahce can be put up as they have faced the toughest teams playing the playoffs with the likes of Arsenal, Monaco, Sapartak Moscow and Shakhtar Donetsk making sure that the Turkish side doesn’t get through to the group stage.

Head-to-head

The Two teams have met only once before this much anticipated fixture. The sides met in the second tier of European club competition in 2012-2013 season. Benfica came out on top as they came back from the 1-0 loss in Turkey to win the fixture on aggregate with 3-1 win at home.

Benfica vs Fenerbahce Prediction

Both sides are up and running after their respective pre-season games and will be looking to make a mark in the start of their seasons. Both sides have had a mixed preseason campaigns. Benfica took part in the International Champions Cup and will be more in shape than Fenerbahce who faced relatively easy opponents. Fenerbahce will also miss their marquee signing, Andre Ayew as he will be missing the match due to a minor injury.

Fenerbahce’s previous record in the qualifying games is really poor with just 3 wins from 14 matches since 2008-2009 season when the made it to the group stage. It will be an easy win for the Portuguese side.

Benfica vs Fenerbahce Betting tips

Befinca are likely to win the game within 90 minutes so 1.62 for Benfica win looks a good bet. 2.10 for over 2.5 goals also seems like a decent bet.

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