Sunday, December 5, 2021

Prediction: Benfica vs Bayern Munich

Verdict: Bayern Munich win & both teams to score

Best Odds: 13/8

Bookmaker: Unibet

Looking to make it three Champions League wins on the spin this week, Bayern Munich will make the trip to the Estádio da Luz when they face off against Benfica.

Benfica

Starting with the hosts, while Benfica might not have been at their best on Taça de Portugal duties last weekend, they did manage to extend on their recent purple patch. Eventually claiming a late winner away at Trofense, Jorge Jesus has still seen his side gain plenty of plaudits from across Europe since opening the 2021/22 campaign. Managing to prove that their shock 1-0 defeat against Portimonense when heading into the international break was just a minor blip, the Eagles already find themselves leading the Primeira Liga chase. While the Portuguese giants will know that they face a huge task at the Estádio da Luz on Wednesday, Benfica will be boosted by what was a stunning Champions League display last month. Putting on a rampant performance on home soil, Jesus’ men stormed their way to a 3-0 romp against Barcelona, a result that really sent shockwaves across Europe. Likewise, including victories against the likes of Lyon and PSV, the Reds have won each of their last five European contests on home soil.

Team News

In what could be a major hit for Benfica, striker Haris Seferovic is a doubt and looks set to miss out on Wednesday night.

Likewise, Jorge Jesus is also sweating over the fitness of Valentino Lazaro.

Bayern Munich

As for the visitors, although Bayern Munich were left hugely disappointed to have entered the international break with a sluggish 2-1 defeat against Eintracht Frankfurt, the German heavyweights showed that was just a minor blip. Putting on a stunning display away at Champions League hopefuls Bayer Leverkusen over the weekend, Julian Nagelsmann’s men stormed their way to a stellar 5-1 win on the road. Once again taking their spot at the top of the Bundesliga table and tipped as landslide pick to reclaim their domestic crown, the former RB Leipzig boss finds his side enjoying a real free-scoring run. Opening up their European adventure with back-to-back 3-0 and 5-0 romps against Barcelona and Dinamo Kiev, Bayern also have one attacking talisman who is only continuing to break records. Already notching four Champions League strikes, Polish icon Robert Lewandowski has already recorded a staggering 18 goals for club and country since opening the 2021/22 campaign.

Team News

Canadian left-back Alphonso Davies is a major doubt ahead of Wednesday’s meeting and looks set to miss out.

However, Bayern boss Julian Nagelsmann does not have any other injuries or suspensions to worry about in Portugal.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When the two sides last faced off back in 2018, Bayern Munich picked up a 5-1 romp on home soil.
    • Likewise, Bayern are unbeaten in all 10 of their previous meetings against Benfica, recording seven wins.
    • Benfica have lost just one of their previous 22 straight matchups across all formats.
    • Robert Lewandowski has recorded 18 goals for club and country since opening the 2021/22 campaign.
    • Both Benfica and Bayern have collected 3-0 victories against Barcelona this year.

    Conclusion

    With Bayern storming their way to that 5-1 romp against Bayer Leverkusen last weekend, we could have another lively affair on our hands here. With both sides claiming stellar 3-0 wins against Barcelona so far this year, the mood in both camps should be at a real high. Watching attacking talisman Robert Lewandowski already rack up 18 goals for club and country since opening the 2021/22 campaign, the German heavyweights have gained a reputation for their free-scoring outcomes. With Bayern already notching eight Champions League strikes in their back-to-back outings, we’re backing what should be another action-packed contest on Wednesday night.

    Verdict: Bayern Munich win & both teams to score

    Best Odds: 13/8

    Bookmaker: Unibet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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