The Champions League quarter-final first legs begin in earnest this evening, and Benfica will relish locking horns with Inter Milan.
Despite a 2-1 defeat at home to Portuguese title rivals Porto last weekend, Benfica have been magnificent this term and they have barely put a foot wrong.
For Inter, they have been rather luckless at times and question marks persist over Romelu Lukaku’s form in front of goal.
Benfica are one of the Champions League’s in-form teams, and they are yet to taste defeat in the competition this campaign, but they have no fresh concerns on the injury front.
Whereas for Inter, they are sweating on the fitness of Milan Skriniar (back), and Hakan Calhanoglu (thigh) is a doubt to face Benfica.
But how will this match unfold? We have scooted over to the markets and picked out a couple of tips for you to line your betting slips with.
Benfica to record handsome win
Although away goals have been scrapped from the competition, Benfica will want to set the tone and aim to put the game to bed before they visit Milan.
At times, Benfica have worn the cloak of invincibility this term, and aside from the reverse to Porto, the Eagles haven’t succumbed to defeat in 2023.
Indeed, in their recent eight-game winning sequence, they have conceded just three times and Roger Schmidt’s side boasts plenty of flair.
Inter, however, have had endured a miserable run of one win in six league games, and there was a touch of fortune about how they got past Porto to reach the last eight of the Champions League.
In what is likely to be a vociferous atmosphere, it is hard to see Milan coming away from the Estadio da Luz with anything to show for their efforts.
I have pulled no punches with my opening pick and gone with Benfica to register a 2-0 win in the first leg, a price that is available at 9/1 with Paddy Power.
Goncalo Ramos to pop up with a double
Goncalo Ramos has been scoring goals for fun this term, with 28 goals for club and country perfectly illustrating this.
Moreover, only Napoli (25) have netted more times in the Champions League this season than Benfica (23) which encompasses the threat that the Portuguese giants have going forward.
Ramos could give Inter the run around if they aren’t careful and he is clinical when given half a chance.
He is the focal point of the attack and he will latch onto any delicately threaded ball into his path by Joao Mario, who has been among the goals of late.
Given the remarkable form of Ramos, it would be amiss not to include him in my picks. To round things off, I have plumped on Ramos to grab a double, which is trading at 10/1 with William Hill.