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Benfica vs Barcelona: Prediction and Betting Tips
Benfica ready for a tough test
After finishing third in the Portuguese Primeira Liga last season, Benfica had to play in the UCL qualification round. Successfully, the Eagles eliminated Spartak Moscow and PSV without any defeats and one draw. Also, that form is reflected in the Primeira Liga as coach Jorge Jesus’s team are top of the table with maximum points from seven matches.
Markedly, Benfica opened up their UCL campaign with a goalless draw in Kyiv to Dinamo. Notably, the Eagles dominated the game with 62% of ball possession. In addition, coach Jesus watched in dismay as his team missed chance after chance, 12 to be exact. The Eagles felt they lost two points and now they have a tough chance to make it up against Barcelona.
Benfica key points
- Benfica won all of their last five home matches
- The Eagles scored in all five of their last home games
- BTTS happened in Benfica’s last three home games
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Injury-hit Barcelona in search of their first points
Despite not losing in La Liga this season, Barcelona’s 0-3 defeat in their opening match to Bayern Munich was a heavy blow. Following that defeat were two draws in LaLiga against lowly Granada and Cadiz. Surely those results mounted the pressure on coach Ronald Koeman.
However, Barca bounced back in their last match and beat Levante 3-0 to warm up for their trip to Lisbon. Needless to say how Barca’s injury problems might affect Koeman’s selection choices. In fact, the Blaugrana have eight injuries some of them to key players like Aguero, Alba, Pedri, and Dembele. Thus Koeman needs to find the right tactics to overcome this issue.
Barcelona Key Points
- The Blaugrana are undefeated in seven away games
- Barcelona scored in four of their last five away games
- Koeman’s team failed to score in two of their last ten games
Benfica vs Barcelona Prediction
A very crucial and interesting fixture awaits us as two of Europ’s top teams face each other in their second match of Group E. In effect, Barca are looking for the three points at any cost. While Benfica want to make up for their opening round draw in Kyiv.
Notably, the bookies are offering very high odds for the winner of this match. For example, a Barca win has odds of 2.53 at Vbet. Also, Benfica being the slight underdogs, have an odds of 2.85 for victory. Consequently, it proves the fact that it will be an unpredictable game.
Thus according to their recent scoring record and the fact that they both play attacking football, we will back BTTS. At Vbet, odds of 1.64 seem reasonable considering the high probability of this outcome.
Benfica vs Barcelona Betting Tips
Both Teams To Score Yes 1.64
1 or 2 and Under 4.5 Goals 1.58
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