Bayern Munich vs Benfica Champions League Predictions

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Bayern Munich vs Benfica Champions League

Tuesday November 27th, 20:00

The Champions League returns this week with an important Group E clash between Bayern Munich and Benfica on Tuesday evening in a game the hosts are favourites to win, although the visitors need points if they are to progress through the group.

Predictions

Both these sides are struggling on the domestic front this season with both underperforming, although Bayern need just one point if they are to progress through this group with Benfica probably need six points from their remaining two games.

Bayern have collected 10 points from their four group games to date – a win in Lisbon coupled with a double victory over Greek strugglers AEK Athens has eased concerns after a draw with Ajax.

The Dutch club are currently two points behind the German champions in the group and are four points clear of Benfica, who are on the brink of elimination.

Rui Vitoria’s side need at least a point in Munich but realistically they will need all three and hope Ajax drop points in at least one of their remaining two games.

The hosts will be massive favourites to make it four European wins from five due to possessing home advantage, superior form and quality over Benfica.

The home side are favourites to win this game and it should be relatively comfortable – a 4-1 triumph for the Bavarians would appear a likely outcome from it.

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Betting Tips

Bayern Munich have scored at least two goals in six of their last seven attempts but have only kept two clean sheets in 12. Benfica have also been on a run of five games without a clean sheet, indicating how this match may pan out. Furthermore, the visitors will need to try and win the game meaning they will need to take risks and leaving the match more open with a greater number of goals likely.

The German champions should be able to win this match relatively comfortably, meaning there is little value in looking at them just to win the game alone. Instead, it is more sensible to back them to be ahead at both the half-time and the full-time whistles. This was the case for their 2-0 victory in Lisbon alongside their recent 2-0 home win over AEK Athens in the competition. They like to score early and control the game from then.

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Head to Head

This will be the fourth ever meeting between these sides and the second this season. Bayern won 2-0 in Lisbon back in September thanks to goals from Robert Lewandowski and Renato Sanches – formerly of Benfica. Bayern won the only meeting between the two in Munich – a 1-0 home victory in April 2016.

Stats

  • Bayern have already lost three and drawn two of their 11 league games this campaign, just one result less in each column than the entirety of their 2017-18 campaign.
  • Niko Kovac’s side have won just two of their last seven Bundesliga outings and are all the way back in 5th place, seven points behind leaders Borussia Dortmund.
  • Benfica lie fourth in Portugal’s Primeira Liga, four points off leaders FC Porto after just six wins from their opening 10 league games.
  • Earlier in November, Benfica lost consecutive Portuguese league games for the first time since April 2011. It was so long ago that the second team who beat them, Naval 1º de Maio, no longer exist.
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