Dinamo Zagreb vs Benfica predictions, preview and betting tips for tonight’s Europa League fixture at 5.55pm. The last 16 gets underway tonight and Benfica will be hoping for a strong start to this tie with an away goal at the very least. See our predictions and betting tips below.
Match date: Thursday 7th March 2019
Kick-Off Time: 5.55pm
Stadium: Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb
The Croatian side overturned a 2-1 deficit in the last round when beating Viktoria Plzen 3-0 in the home leg and that good form. They’ve won three and drawn one of their four Europa League home matches this season and although that is sold enough, one of the matches against Spartak Trnava and they could only manage a 0-0 draw with Anderlecht. Benfica are in a different league to these teams and despite a poor Champions League group stage, they can win here.
The Portuguese side got past Galatasaray in the last round, largely thanks to an impressive 2-1 win away from home in the first leg. They will want to get the same good start here and leave Dinamo Zagreb with a mountain to climb. They were beaten by Bayern Munich and Ajax away from home in their group but given the performance of Ajax against Real Madrid, that form doesn’t look so bad all of a sudden.
We’re backing a Benfica win in this match and one of their strikers is the selection for an anytime scorer. He has yet to get a goal in Europe this season but Haris Seferovic has found the net 15 times in the Portuguese league so far. He started the game against Galatasaray and going into the business end of the competition, it is hard to see manager Bruno Lage rotating his team at this stage. He has scored eight goals in his last night matches so the odds of 2/1 with Unibet for him to score anytime seem generous.
For the hosts, Izet Hajrovic has got three goals in this competition so far and domestically it is Bruno Petkovic who is leading the way in their goalscoring charts.
There is every chance that Benfica will get a couple of goals in this match, just like they did in the tie against Galatasaray. Dinamo Zagreb will want to get a win before the tricky trip to Portugal but we’re just not sure they are up to the task here. They have already beaten Fenerbache at home in the Europa League this season but Benfica are in great form and beat title rivals Porto at the weekend.
The selection we’re going for to round off our betting tips on this match is Benfica to win the match 2-1. The odds for this selection are 9/1 with Betfred.