Each day our exclusive MATCH OF THE DAQ service previews the big match of the day – usually a televised game.

As well as the preview we also bring you the head to head records of the two teams as well as a recommended bet on BETDAQ for the match.

Benfica v Real Madrid
K.O 19.00


(Max last 10 only – competitive fixtures only)
17 Mar 1965 European Cup, Real Madrid 2 Benfica 1
24 Feb 1965 European Cup, Benfica 5 Real Madrid 1
02 May 1962 European Cup, Benfica 5 Real Madrid 3


Remarkably these two titans of the European game – they boast 11 European Cups between them – have only previously met three times in a competitive game and not for nearly 50 years.

That won’t change tonight as the fixture is only a friendly but that won’t mean the Benfica v Real Madrid game, named after the Portuguese side’s legendary forward Eusebio, will lack edge or passion.

The striker won 11 titles and a European Cup with Benfica in the 1960’s and tonight’s Eusebio Cup commemorative clash looks set to be an entertaining affair at the da Luz Stadium. Last Sunday, Benfica lost the final of the inaugural Wroclaw Polish Masters 3-1 to Dutch side PSV Eindhoven to finish the pre-season tournament in second place. They will hope home advantage reverses their recent fortunes.

Spanish league champions Madrid warmed up for tonight’s game with a 5-1 drubbing of Real Oviedo, despite playing what was essentially a reserve side. Jose Mourinho is likely to stick with a similar youthful looking line-up although he may be tempted to start the impressive Angel Di Maria who came off the bench to score two goals against Oviedo.

It should be an entertaining game for neutrals and while the betting has Madrid as marginal favourites, with Benfica playing at home and probably going to play a stronger line-up than the Spanish side, a draw seems the most likely outcome.

RECOMMENDATION: (1-10 points)

Back the draw at around 3.3 on BETDAQ: 4 points

Thursday: -6.00

JULY RETURN TO DATE: -27.42 points

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