Benfica puts great pressure on the opponent in their home games, and now, when he needs victory, he should apply a very offensive strategy. Even if Dinamo Zagreb has a good defense, the pressure I was talking about could make the Croats mistaken, in the context of a suffocating atmosphere, maintained by fans who will fill 'Estadio da Luz'. I think the Portuguese team will be on the scoreboard after 90 minutes, even if the score will not be a qualifying one.
Dinamo Zagreb hold a slim advantage going to this game and they have been doing well in recent times, which will hand them the needed confidence. They have five wins in their last six matches and just one loss in the last nine matches. Benfica, on their part, have picked two wins in their last five matches and they have lost a bit of their shimmer even as they seek to advance to the next stage after falling in the first leg. With just one clean sheet in the last five matches and getting to face a side that has scored 11 goals in the last five matches, Benfica should know the magnitude of the work ahead of them. Dinamo Zagreb have not conceded a goal in four of the last five Europa League matches, and they have lost just once in 14 matches in the competition. It is Benfica’s first season in the Europa League since 2014, when they were eliminated on post match penalties by Sevilla; they have just one win in the last five matches in the competition. Actually, they have failed to score in four of the last five matches but they have a great run at home in the competition, with just one loss in the last 21. Dinamo Zagreb have three wins in 14 away matches in the Europa League and will be hoping it doesn’t fall apart for them here.