Benfica will be looking to secure an advantage when they welcome FC Midtjylland to Portugal for the first leg. Of their third qualifying round Champions League contest on Tuesday night.
The Eagles finished third in Portugal’s top flight last term, which saw them book their spot in the third qualifying round, while Midtjylland overcame Larnaca in the last round, ultimately winning on penalties after the two sides had played out back-to-back 1-1 draws.
When is kick off? Tuesday 9th August, 17:45 (GMT)
Competition: UEFA Champions League
What TV channel is it on? Paramount+ (US), Sport TV1, Sport TV+ (Portugal)
Stadium: Cepheus Park Randers (Randers)
Midtjylland will be without Brazilian forward Evander. Other than that, there are no known issues.
Benfica manager Roger Schmidt will be unable to call upon the services of Brazilian centre-back Lucas Verissimo. Meanwhile, there are doubts over the availability of Serbian left-back Mihailo Ristic and Brazilian centre-back Joao Victor.
Injured: Lucas Verissimo
Doubtful: Joao Victor, Mihailo Ristic
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
Midtjylland 1 – 3 Benfica
Benfica are no strangers to the Champions League and will hope to qualify once again for the 2022/23 season. They will take on Midtjylland in this third qualifying round and for the Portuguese side, it is their first competitive action of the year.
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