Benfica and Bayern Munich square off at La Luz stadium in Lisbon on Wednesday night. These two teams have a magnificent background, but lately, Bayern has been much better when it comes to winning international trophies. The German champs are red-hot at the moment, while the Eagles showed quite the inconsistency. After a big win over Barcelona, Benfica had two extremely pale matches in domestic competitions. The clash on Wednesday will be a chance to prove that a victory against Barca wasn’t just a lucky day.
Benfica (+700) squeezed out a win against Troforense in the Portuguese Cup, 1-2, but only after extra times. Previously, they lost to Portimorense at home, 0-1, which was one of the biggest surprises in the whole of Europe.
These two pale performances kinda cast a shadow on the Eagles’ win over Barcelona, 3-0. The way Benfica blasted Blaugrana was impressive, and at that point, we started thinking that Jorge Jesus’ crew has solid chances to reach the second spot and a ticket to the knockout stage.
After posting four clean sheets in five matches, Benfica’s defense loosened its grip, having only one such game in the latest five contests. Overall, their attack is solid, and it managed to net two or more goals in seven of the Eagles’ most recent 10 clashes.
Bayern Munich (-290) was fantastic in the first half against Bayer Leverkusen today. They scored five goals, four of them in the last 15 minutes of the opening sequence.
The Bavarians aren’t slowing down at all, and it appears that the loss vs. Eintracht Frankfurt in Munich was just an unlucky turn of events for Nagelsmann and his squad. Bayern still didn’t allow a single goal in the UEFA Champions League, beating Barcelona at Camp Nou, 0-3 and Dynamo Kyiv at home, 5-0.
We’ve examined their last 10 games, and found out that all of them saw at least three goals, and that night ended with over 2.5 scores. When on the road, Bayern is equally impressive as when playing at home. The last four games all saw them winning and netting three times or more.
It seems that all Benfica’s players are healthy and ready to play this game. Haris Seferovic is recovered and ready to roll.
All Bayern’s players as well are in the protocol.
Head to Head Games
Since 1976, Bayern and Benfica played 10 times, and the Portuguese side didn’t post a single victory. The overall score in those events is seven wins of the Germans with three draws. Bayern defeated Benfica in both games back in 2018, which was the last time these teams met.
The difference in quality is obvious here, and the bookies didn’t put such short odds on the guests for no reason. Bayern will win this game, but we feel that the profit on their plain victory is way too low, which is why we propose to pick Bayern wins with -1.5 goals handicap. The Germans have more than enough firepower to cover the spread and bring us some money. Possibly big sum.
Pick: Bayern -1.5 -110
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