Benfica hosts RB Leipzig in round 1 of the Champions League group stage. The match will be played on Tuesday, September 17th at Estádio da Luz (Lisbon)
The current champion of Portugal is simply unstoppable in the attack now. In 16 of its last 20 matches, Benfica scored at least 2 goals. Thus, the Eagles played with Over 2.5 goals scored 16 times, and there were even much more goals often. There’s nothing to be surprised at - Benfica’s attack has an excellent selection of performers. Pizzi scored 13 goals in the last championship, Silva - 17, Seferovic - 23.
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Leipzig, like the upcoming rival, preaches an attacking game style without burdening itself with defensive actions. The team plays in the highest division for only 4th time in its history, and this strategy has already allowed winning both bronze and silver medals, and now the Bulls are leading after 4 rounds. They won 3 of them and tied with the champion, Bayern. The goal difference is 10-3. Leipzig scores over 3 goals averaged per match. And it played with Over 2.5 goals scored in 12 of the last 15 matches.
Benfica has enough strong offensive players, and each of them can vault 2 or 3 defenders of any opponent and score a goal. Leipzig also has qualified forwards - Poulsen scored 15 goals in the last championship, Werner 16. And he scored 5 goals in this one. Forsberg and Sabitzer also may score. In the last German championship, they scored 4 goals each and both have already scored in the current one. Putting it all together, the option with Over 2.5 goals scored looks like one of the most reliable bets to win.
Prediction for the match: Over 2.5 goals scored