Benfica vs Maccabi Haifa Match Review
September 5, 2022
On Tuesday in the Champions League, Benfica will play Maccabi Haifa. In the quarterfinals of the previous season, the Portuguese team battled Liverpool all the way, and Maccabi Haifa has advanced to the group stage for the first time since the 10 seasons ago.
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Benfica vs Maccabi Haifa Tips and Prediction
After placing third in the Portuguese Primeira Liga last year, Benfica has started the current campaign by winning all five of their league contests.
Joao Mario’s 101st-minute penalty capped a thrilling conclusion in which The Eagles were given two red cards in stoppage time as Roger Schmidt’s team outlasted Vizela 2-1 on Friday night.
Schmidt led his new team to victories over FC Midtjylland and Dynamo Kiev in the qualifying rounds to ensure that Benfica advanced to the group stage, giving them a chance to repeat their surprise run to the quarterfinals from the previous tournament. Schmidt left PSV Eindhoven to take over for Jorge Jesus earlier this summer.
After Darwin Nunez left for Liverpool during the transfer window, it might be more difficult, but they do have a good backup in Goncalo Ramos who is capable of leading the line to a high standard.
There is significant pressure on Benfica to take the maximum six points from their two matches against their upcoming opponents against if they are to have a realistic chance of returning to the knockout rounds given that Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus were drawn alongside them in Group H.
As a matter of fact, this will be the Israeli champions’ third appearance in the Champions League group stage after remarkable victories against Olympiacos, Apollon Limassol, and Red Star Belgrade to qualify.
The Greens unexpectedly lost five of their six games by the identical score of 1-0 the last time they participated in this stage of Europe’s elite competition, in a group including Bayern Munich, Juventus, and Bordeaux.
Having led Hapoel Be’er Sheva to remarkable success between 2015 and 2020, head coach Barak Bakhar will be hoping that his team can replicate that level of competition 13 years later, though hopefully with at least one or two successful outcomes to show for it.
Before their journey to Lisbon on Tuesday, their confidence will undoubtedly have increased as a result of Saturday’s thrilling victory over Bakhar’s previous team, which Frantzdy Pierrot’s injury-time goal secured.
Because of Benfica’s outstanding start to the year, we anticipate that their Israeli opponents’ return to the Champions League group stage will be difficult.
The Portuguese team is aware that they might need two victories against Maccabi Haifa to displace either PSG or Juventus for one of the top two Group H berths.