Borussia Dortmund is well established as one of the most successful teams in German pro history and a top rival of powerful Bayern Munich. Benfica is far and away the most successful Portuguese team of all time and has a history of success that dates back to when they won the first European Cup in
1960. Benfica has a collection of 36 league titles in Portugal which is nine more than its main rival FC Porto. However, it must be stated that while Benfica has been the starting place of many great players they don’t often stay there once they become established as stars.
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2018 International Champions Cup Borussia Dortmund vs. Benfica
Date and Time: Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 8 p.m. ET
Location: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Heinz Field has been the home of the NFL Pittsburgh Steelers since 2001 and has a seating capacity of 68,400. College football’s Pitt Panthers also play their home games there. The most notable soccer game ever played at Heinz Filed was in 2014 when Manchester City defeated AC Milan 5-1.
Benfica Tactics and Style
Benfica is easy on the eyes as the highest scoring team in Portugal. Manager Rui Vitoria’s team is currently second in the standings as a result of this scoring prowess. Benfica’s tactics all revolve around getting maximum production out of 34-year-old striker Jonas. Vitoria has built a team that is strong at possession as evidenced by their 59 percent rate. And the whole idea during possession is to set up Jonas for a direct shot on net.
Rui Vitoria Wins Big and Often
Benfica manager Rui Vitoria has been on the job since June of 2015 and has compiled an impressive record of 103 wins, 21 draws and just 24 losses. In his first two seasons he led the club to first place finishes. During his management Vitoria set a record by leading his team to 16 consecutive away wins. Management was sufficiently impressed with Vitoria and rewarded him with a two-year extension in April of 2017. Vitoria was named Primeira Liga best coach in 2015-16 and 2016-17.
Lucien Favre Hired to Catch FC Bayern
Borussia Dortmund will enter this match with new manager Lucien Favre. A native of Switzerland, Favre won the Swiss Cup and Swiss championship and then went on to revive German clubs Hertha BSC and Borussia Monchengladbach which is what caught the eyes of Borussia Dortmund management. Favre is respected as a superior tactician and a perfectionist. He is well regarded for developing young talent and for tactically sound teams that are difficult to penetrate. He is at the beginning stage of a two-year contract. His style of quick attacking and tempo changing fits well with the Borussia Dortmund tradition of swift counter attacks. When a manager arrives at Borussia Dortmund it is with the understanding that the counter attacking play style is to be maintained. Favre it appears is a perfect match.
Players to Watch
Cristian Pulisic is the marquee man for Borussia Dortmund. His playmaking ability triggers the club’s high tempo counter attack style. Pulisic’s superior ability to dribble is key at breaking down enemy defenses regardless of formation. Offering quality support will be Marco Reus with an impressive direct attack style and creative ability.
Jonas is the veteran talisman for Benfica that has scored 121 goals in 150 appearances including 36 goals in 38 matches this season.
Borussia Dortmund vs. Benfica Free Picks
Borussia Dortmund is the better depth and more diversified weaponry in this match. Benfica is too reliant upon Jonas and lacks alternatives which will be needed against Favre’s tactics.
Borussia Dortmund vs. Benfica Pick: Bet the money line on Borussia Dortmund
Borussia Dortmund vs. Benfica Score Prediction: Borussia Dortmund 1, Benfica 0
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