Toulouse vs Benfica Europa League Second Leg

Toulouse vs Benfica Europa League Second Leg

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Football

February 22nd, 2024

The battle for a spot in the Europa League last 16 heats up as Toulouse vs Benfica face each other in the second leg of their knockout round playoff tie. Benfica hold a narrow 2-1 advantage after a thrilling first leg in Lisbon, thanks to a brace of penalties from the legendary Ángel Di María.

Toulouse vs Benfica: A Tale of Two Cities

Toulouse face an uphill battle after their home woes. They are winless in their last six matches at the Stadium de Toulouse, conceding seven goals and scoring just three. However, they are unbeaten at home in the Europa League this season, keeping two clean sheets. Can they harness that European spirit to overcome their domestic struggles?

Benfica are flying high, boasting a six-game winning streak across all competitions, scoring a staggering 19 goals in the process. They are unbeaten away from home in 2024, winning three out of three and scoring 11 goals. With the likes of Di María and David Neres in their ranks, their attacking prowess is undeniable.

Key Players and Predictions

Toulouse will rely on the creativity of Thijs Dallinga and the goalscoring prowess of Mikkel Desler, who is expected to return after being rested in the Ligue 1 win over Monaco.

Benfica will hope for another dominant display from Di María, while the young and energetic Rafa Silva could be a key figure on the flanks.

 While Benfica are clear favorites considering their recent form and Toulouse's home struggles, the Europa League is known for its upsets. If Toulouse can replicate their home form from the group stage and capitalize on any Benfica complacency, they might just pull off a surprise. However, Benfica's attacking firepower and away record are hard to ignore. Expect a close contest, but ultimately Benfica are likely to edge through with a narrow victory vs Toulouse and secure their place in the next round.

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