Dortmund have it all to do when they entertain Benfica in the 2nd tie of this Champions League. Dortmund completely dominated the 1st leg away in Portugal; but faced a superb goalkeeper Ederson who kept out 6 shots on target while countless other charges to keep things in check. Dortmund since then have taken out all their frustration in preparation for this fixture smashing 12 goals in 3 games while conceding just 2; showcasing their readiness for this critical tie. Goals have come from all over the pitch led by Aubamayeng along with Demebele, Reus, Schurrle, Kagawa among the team who are furthest forward for them. They will have to however contend with absences to Rode, Reus, Gotze and Bender who are all out for an extended period of time. They will rely a lot on their home form where they have netted 41 goals in 17 home games this season in all competitions to help them get through.
Benfica come into this encounter on the back of a 7 match winning streak while conceding just 2 goals in that span; but know that the 1-0 lead they took away at Dortmund will no the enough especially away from home. Benfica will aim to score quickly, which will mean Dortmund then have to score 3 goals if they are to qualify out of this tie. Benfica have smashed 14 goals in their 7 match winning streak, showing the good attacking intent that they have; also they have netted in 33 out of 34 encounters played the entire season. Benfica will also feel confident that they have scored in every single Champions League game till now, and the confidence will ride with them. However, on the defensive end they conceded 7 goals to counter attacking Napoli and Besiktas; which will be the kind of fire they will face from Dortmund tonight.
This game looks for a tasty encounter, and while the over 2.5 goals and both to score should have landed in the last leg; a lot of poor finishing spoilt that. I am expecting a turnaround in this encounter with goals flowing in an exciting second leg; and backing Over 2.5 goals and both to score in this one.