Liverpool are out for a UEFA Champions League semifinal first leg advantage when they host Villarreal on Wednesday.

Arguably the easiest opponent Liverpool could be drawn against, they travel to Benfica for their Champions League quarterfinal first leg.

The reds knocked Serie A champions Inter Milan out of the last 16 with a 2-1 aggregate victory.

Benfica on the other hand were 3-2 winners against Dutch champions Ajax over the course of two legs.

Benfica have never made it past the quarters of the Champions League in its current format, most recently bowing out to Bayern Munich at this stage in 2015/16.

Defeat to Inter in the second leg is the only game that Liverpool have not won in their last 17 across all competitions.

Which one of these teams will take an advantage into the second leg? Play here to make your predictions.

What time does Benfica vs Liverpool start?

The game kicks off at 10pm Kenyan time at the Estadio da Luz.

Benfica vs Liverpool team news

Brazilian centre-back Lucas Verissimo and former Braga attacker Rodrigo Pinho are unavailable due to injury.

Forward Adel Taarabt is also a major doubt for the hosts.

Though Benfica are boosted by the return of forward Haris Seferovic and Nicolas Otamendi will start despite being one booking away from suspension.

For the visitors, the fitness of right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold is the major concern for Jurgen Klopp.

Sadio Mane came off the bench in the weekend victory against Watford and will return to the starting XI on Tuesday night.

He will feature alongside Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.

Benfica vs Liverpool head to head

From the 4 games played between these two teams, there has never been a draw.

The home side have won three times, while Liverpool have been victorious just once.

Benfica vs Liverpool current form

Both sides have only lost once in their last 5 games, though Liverpool have won the remaining four while Benfica have drawn one in that run.

Benfica vs Liverpool prediction

It is very unlikely that this match can end in a stalemate. Both teams will get their names on the scoresheet but Liverpool might just come out on top.

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