Benfica have won eight of their last nine on home soil and have scored 23 goals in the last six of those. Not only that, but they have kept 11 clean sheets in their last 15 competitive matches Estadio da Luz.
Borussia Dortmund, meanwhile, have been poor away from home all season. They have only won one of their last six on the road and haven’t kept a clean sheet on the road since September.
Dortmund are favourites to come through this tie but they may only get it done when they return to home soil in the return leg. Tuesday’s encounter should be a much closer affair than many may anticipate.
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Eduardo Salvio failed to shake off an injury to feature last time out and he will start on the right of midfield should he recover in time to face Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday night.
Pizzi and Andreas Samaris are a booking away from a ban, while Andrija Zivkovic is ruled out through suspension.
Borussia Dortmund – With Marcel Schmelzer and Lukasz Piszczek still doubts for Borussia Dortmund, Thomas Tuchel has some big decisions to make on the formation and players used against Benfica on Tuesday night.
Mario Gotze has not recovered from injury in time to make the trip and joins Sven Bender, Nuri Sahin and Sebastian Rode on the sidelines.
Raphael Guerreiro is one booking away from a one-game suspension in the competition.
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 7 of Borussia Dortmund’s last 8 games (UEFA Champions League).
Borussia Dortmund have scored at least 2 goals in 5 of their last 6 UEFA Champions League matches.
Borussia Dortmund are undefeated in their last 6 matches in UEFA Champions League.
Which team will you choose to win this match?