Midtjylland vs Benfica prediction, preview, team news & more

Midtjylland are set to face Benfica at Cepheus Park Randers on Tuesday in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round.

Midtjylland come into this fixture after a 3-3 draw against Freyr Alexandersson’s Lyngby in the Danish Superliga. First-half goals from Guinea striker Sory Kaba, left-back Nikolas Dyhr and winger Anders Dreyer for Midtjylland were canceled out by striker Emil Nielsen, striker Mathias Kristensen and Icelandic striker Saevar Atli Magnusson for Lyngby.

Benfica, meanwhile, beat ten-man Arouca 4-0 in the Primeira Liga. Goals from Brazilian right-back Gilberto and Argentinian midfielder Enzo Fernandez and a brace from winger Rafa Silva secured victory for Roger Schmidt’s Benfica. Arouca has had left-back Mateus Quaresma sent off.

Midtjylland vs Benfica head to head

Midtjylland have already faced Benfica, in the second leg of this game.

Benfica beat Midtjylland 4-1, thanks to a hat-trick from striker Goncalo Ramos and a goal from former River Plate midfielder Enzo Fernandez. Danish international Pione Sisto scored the consolation goal for Midtjylland.

Midtjylland form guide in the Danish Superliga: DWLD

Benfica form guide in Primeira Liga: O

Midtjylland vs Benfica Team News


Midtjylland will be without Brazilian striker Evander. Other than that, there are no known issues.

Injured: Evander

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None


Meanwhile, Benfica coach Roger Schmidt will not be able to bring in the services of Brazilian centre-back Lucas Verissimo, while doubts remain over the availability of Serbian left-back Mihailo Ristic and Brazilian centre-back Joao Victor.

Injured: Lucas Verissimo

Doubtful: Joao Victor, Mihailo Ristic

Suspended: None

Midtjylland vs Benfica Predicted XI

MIdtjylland Predicted XI (3-4-3): Elias Rafn Olafsson, Henrik Dalsgaard, Erik Sviatchenko, Stefan Gartenmann, Joel Andersson, Raphael Onyedika, Oliver Sorensen, Edward Chilufya, Anders Dreyer, Sory Kaba, Gustav Isaksen

Benfica Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Odysseas Vlachodimos, Alexander Bah, Nicolas Otamendi, Jan Vertonghen, Alex Grimaldo, Enzo Fernandez, Julian Weigl, David Neres, Rafa Silva, Petar Musa, Goncalo Ramos

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Midtjylland vs Benfica Prediction

Midtjylland have made a name for themselves as a savvy and well-run club, with players like Frank Onyeka and Winston Reid having joined the Danish side’s top European clubs. They will be the underdogs here though, with Benfica already having a three-goal lead.

Benfica, on the other hand, appointed a new manager in the person of Roger Schmidt and signed players like Alexander Bah, David Neres and Enzo Fernandez. It will be interesting to see what the future holds for young talent Goncalo Ramos, with the 21-year-old linked with a move to Nottingham Forest.

Benfica win.

Prediction: Midtjylland 0-2 Benfica

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