Preview - Benfica vs Bayern Munich 20 September 18

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Sep 19, 2018, 02:12 AM Last Edit: Sep 19, 2018, 03:20 AM by Harry85
Champions' League Group E
Benfica vs. Bayern Munich
Thursday, September 20th 2018
04:00 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Estádio da Luz

Benfica: 
Last five matches form: D D W W W
17/18 Average goals per match: 2.35
17/18 Average goals against per match: 0.65
17/18 Top Scorer: Jonas (34)

Bayern Munich:
Last five matches form: W W W W W
17/18 Average goals per match: 2.71
17/18 Average goals against per match: 0.82
17/18 Top Scorer: Robert Lewandowski (29)

Bayern Munich get their Champions League campaign underway this week as they travel to Portugal to take on Benfica. Fully expected to qualify from a group which also contains Ajax and AEK Athens, the German giants will be keen to start on the right foot here. Having fought hard to battle through two qualification rounds just to make the group stages though, Benfica will be keen to make the most of the opportunity now that they are here.

Benfica have begun their domestic campaign in solid style, winning three and drawing one of their four games in Primeira Liga to date.

Bayern have likewise been rock solid in Bundesliga. Winning all three games and scoring three times in each.

Both sides have injury concerns ahead of this matchup. Benfica will be without Sébastien Corchia and Tyronne Ebuehi whilst Corentin Tolisso, Rafinha and Kingsley Coman look set to miss out for Bayern.

These sides have met in the Champions' League group stage before back in 2016. Bayern winning 1-0 at home and this game ending in a 2-2 draw.

Solid as Benfica have been so far, this represents a real step up in class against one of the truly elite sides in Europe at present. We fancy the big guns of Bayern to prove too hot to handle for the hosts.



Prediction: Benfica 1 - 3 Bayern Munich

Harry85

Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 0 - 2
Shots:  11 - 10
Shots on target: 4 - 5
Corner Kicks: 5 - 4
Possession: 50% - 50%

Two bookings apiece in Portugal. Ljubomir Fejsa and Jardel seeing yellow for Benfica and Joshua Kimmich and Mats Hummels of Bayern Munich also having their names taken by referee Antonio Mateu.

Dead even in the possession stats and also pretty evenly matched on the shot count, this game simply came down to one side making the most of their chances and the other not.

Bayern took the lead in the 10th minute. David Alaba breaking down the left hand side and playing the ball back to Robert Lewandowski inside the area. Still work to do for the front man but he cleverly let the ball drift across his body as he drifted to the right before finishing low into the bottom left. An expert finish from one of the best in the game at what he does.

Bayern looked like making it two soon after when Arjen Robben beat the offside to race through on the keeper. Odisseas Vlachdimos read his intentions well though and saved as the Dutchman attempted to go around him. 0-1 at the break.

With chances continuing to come at both ends, it did look as though Bayern may need a second, and in the 54th minute they got it. James Rodriguez working space in the left hand side of the box before dinking over a lovely ball to take the defence and keeper out of the game. Renato Sanchez on hand to finish on the volley from around six yards.

Benfica did continue to offer a threat, particularly from set-pieces, but Manuel Neuer was equal to anything the home side threw at him. 0-2 final score.

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