Benfica vs Barcelona
UEFA Champions League
Date: 29 September 2021, Wednesday
Kick-off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Estadio La Luz (Lisbon).
Barcelona travel to Benfica on matchday 2 of the 2021/22 Champions League, both teams looking for their first win in the competition.
Finished third behind Sporting and Porto in the Portuguese Primeira Liga last season, Benfica started their Champions League campaign this season from the third qualifying round and rightfully reserved their ticket in the group stage with solid wins over Spartak Moscow and PSV Eindhoven.
They came to matchday 1 unbeaten across all competitions (7 wins, 1 draw), much was expected of them at Kiev, but their underwhelming form at group phase continued with the match ending in a goal-less draw. Benfica will be now looking to avoid an exit from the group stage for an 11th time in 15 campaigns.
Barcelona have plenty of problems on their own and they are struggling at large in the Spanish La Liga, currently 6th in the table, 5 points behind arch rivals Real Madrid.
The lack of quality in the squad was further exposed by Bayern Munich on matchday 1, the final score 3-0 won’t tell the whole story and the margin of defeat could have been more embarrassing if the German forwards were more cynical.
One can only look up from here and Koeman will be keen to rally his troops to snatch a respectable result at Benfica.
Can the Blaugrana get the better of Benfica, the Portuguese side unbeaten in 8 European nights with 6 wins and 2 draws.
Benfica vs Barcelona Head-to-head
The last head-to-head meeting between Barcelona and Benfica happened during the 2012/13 Champions League group stage. The Blaugrana bagged a 2-0 win at this ground before settling for a goal-less draw in the reverse.
Barca are unbeaten in the last 6 meetings with Benfica, 3 wins and 3 draws.
Benfica’s only win against Barcelona happened when they faced off in the European Champions Clubs’ Cup final of 1961. The full-time scoreline on that occasion was 3-2.
The Aguias have a poor record against Spanish La Liga clubs. At home, they managed to win just 2 of 11 while they drew 5 and lost 4.
Barcelona have an excellent overall record against Portuguese clubs, though the record as in Portugal is moderate with 5 wins, 3 draws and 4 losses in 12 games.
Benfica vs Barcelona Prediction
It is no secret now that this Barcelona team is way behind the class of their ancestors and the slump started from last season. Opposition teams have started to play aggressively against them with a realization of 50% chance for a win on any given day.
We must definitely expect Benfica to be in a very confident mood after the unbeaten start to the campaign with 8 wins and 2 draws in 10 games from all competitions this season. They will believe it is their game to win and expect an absolute cracker at the Estádio da Luz on Wednesday.
Keep an eye on Roman Yaremchuk, scored twice in the weekend’s 3-1 win against Vitoria and took his goal tally to 4 goals in 5 games for the Lisbon based club since making his switch from Gent this summer