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Champions League – FC Barcelona vs Benfica: Betting Preview

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Sports Innovation previews the Champions League match between FC Barcelona and Benfica and offers team stats and betting tips with the latest odds.

We have reached the penultimate round of the Champions League group stages. Ahead of us here is an exciting clash between FC Barcelona and Benfica on Tuesday at Camp Nou.

Barcelona are not exactly setting the world on fire in the goalscoring department at the moment. The Blaugrana average 1.1 goals per 90 minutes at present in the Champions League. On the plus side, they do not concede many goals with an average of 1.3 goals against them. Such a defense is tough to penetrate and makes them a favorite against Benfica.

Stats and analysis

After collecting 6 points from their first four Champions League matches, Barcelona still have a good chance of seeing the next stage. As Bayern Munich are almost out of reach in Group E, second place is the club’s only realistic chance of a last-16 spot.

Benfica arrive at their fifth Champions League match with 4 points to show for their efforts. It means they need a win to see the next stage, while a draw probably will not do. At least not for the Champions League, but a third-place would see them through to the Europa League.

Stats and facts for Barcelona and Benfica in Champions League.

  • Total goals was UNDER 3.5 in Barcelona’s last 3 of 5 matches;
  • Barcelona conceded in the last 5 of 7 matches;
  • Barcelona scored in the last 4 of 6 matches.
  • Benfica did not win the last 3 matches in a row when playing away;
  • Total goals was OVER 2.5 in Benfica’s last 4 of 6 matches;
  • Total goals was OVER 3.5 in Benfica’s last 2 of 4 matches;
  • Total goals was OVER 2.5 in Benfica’s last 3 matches in the row.

Lineup Barcelona vs Benfica

Current form — Barcelona v. Benfica

Barcelona look in good shape before their upcoming match, as they seek to remain unbeaten. In their last 3 matches, they first beat Dynamo Kyiv by 1-0, before drawing 3-3 with Celta Vigo. They were back as winners last time out when they took out Espanyol 1-0.

Benfica have seen it all in their last 3 matches, which brought home 4 points. An encounter with Estoril brought a 1-1 draw, which was followed by a 5-2 defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich. Their most recent game had them back on the winning trail as they beat Braga by a 6-1 scoreline.

Barcelona v. Benfica — fixture history

The last match between these teams was a Champions League match back on 29 September 2021 and saw Benfica claim a 3-0 victory.

Barcelona enter the match against Benfica with a 2-2-1 record in their previous 5 encounters in the Champions League. This amounts to a 40% winning ratio for the Blaugrana, with the visitors victorious in 20% of the last 5 encounters. In the last 5 meetings of these teams, the opponents played on an equal footing.

Full Time betting

Barcelona are considered the favorites to win by most observers of the game. The best price you will find on a home win is 1.71. If you wish to bet the draw, there are odds at 4.33 on offer, while an away win for Benfica pays out at 5.10.

Primary goalscorer

Barcelona will be looking to Memphis Depay to find the net once again. He is on 3 goals in their last 6 matches. Benfica are banking on Rafa Silva to bring his A-game to the table as he has been on target 3 times in 6 recent internationals.

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