Benfica hosts Lyon in round 3 of the Champions League group stage. The match will be played on Wednesday, October 23rd at Estádio da Luz (Lisbon)
Benfica lost both matches in the group. And it lost to Leipzig at home. In general, whatever one may say, the grandee of Portuguese football (and it is considered a team with an above-average potential in Europe) quite often loses points in its field. The Eagles did not win in four of the last 10 matches at Estadio da Luz. As for three last home matches, there is a whole set of results - a victory, a draw, and a loss. But this victory was just over 13th Setubal, and it is a so-so indicator.
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Lyon terribly began its championship. The team won only two times in ten rounds, and it is in 17th place. Nevertheless, it shows good results in the Champions League. A draw with Zenit and a victory over Leipzig. Moreover, in the game with the Russians, the Kids lost the first half but showed character and scratched out a draw.
Benfica did not win in five of its six last matches in the Champions League. Lyon does not lose in 12 of 13 games in this tournament. Lyon gained three victories in four head-to-head matches, the last of which was played last year, and one defeat was recorded nine years ago. Lyon is ambiguous now, weakly playing in the championship and gaining points in the Champions League. Benfica isn’t in the best shape either. If it were not for its indicators in recent home games, I would hardly have suggested betting on such an outcome. But the Eagles are presenting not pleasant surprises to their fans even at home. And Lyon knows how to close, endure, and ultimately earn points. Surely, a draw in Portugal will suit it. Therefore, the French will choose the defensive strategy the strategy for the match. But they can also score. They have 14 goals scored in their championship and four in the Champions League. And Benfica cannot boast of reliable defense - five goals conceded in two rounds. All this is likely to lead to the fact that the French will not remain without points after the game in Portugal.
Prediction for the match: Lyon to win with +0.5 handicap