Benfica vs. Borussia Dortmund
|Date & Time||Wednesday July 25, 2018, 8:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Benfica +215 / Dortmund +101 / Draw +260 -- Over/Under: 3
Benfica and Borussia Dortmund meet Wednesday in the soccer International Champions Cup at Heinz Field.
Benfica has produced a positive result in each of its last five matches and is coming off a 1-0 victory over Sevilla. Benfica has scored at least once in eight its last 10 matches and Nicolás Castillo has really found his groove as of late, finding the back of the net in two of his last three games. Benfica has produced a positive result in 22 of its last 23 matches when scoring at least once. Benfica hasn’t lost since its April meeting against Tondela and should be thrilled to see how long this winning stretch can continue, especially entering a rather competitive tournament here.
Borussia Dortmund is coming off a 3-1 upset victory over Liverpool to kind of set this tournament off with a bang. After trailing 0-1 early in the match, Christian Pulisic and Jacob Bruun Larsen both found the back of the net to seal an outright victory as a +300 underdog. Borussia Dortmund kept consistent offensive pressure on its opponent and made the most of its opportunities in the open field. Borussia Dortmund has now won each of its last three matches and has allowed a combined two goals in its last four matches overall. Preseason or not, Borussia Dortmund has to excited with the way its playing right now and can only hope this momentum carries them the rest of the way.
These teams played twice last year in the UEFA Champions League, and Borussia Dortmund won the meeting back in March, 4-0, and Benfica won the meeting in February, 1-0.
Both teams are playing well right now and aren’t used to losing these days when you look at their recent track record. However, that win over Liverpool was big time for Borussia Dortmund and is the type of victory that can carry this club to a few more nice results. Borussia Dortmund found consistent offensive pressure and was able to do good things when it got near the net.
I like what I saw from Borussia Dortmund and expect that to continue, at least for one more match.