Benfica v Bayern Munich : UEFA Champion's League Match, Team News, Goal Scorers and Stats

Date: 20-10-2021 1:04 pm (1 month ago) | Author: Olusanya Akinrinola
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Date: Wednesday 20th October, 2021
Time: 8:00 pm
Stadium Estadio da Luz
Referee    Ovidiu Hategan (Romania)
Goal Scorer:
 
Team News
Benfica
Jorge Jesus has had a lot of success with his three-man setup that has offered him solidity at the back as well as more security in possession. The defensive combination of Lucas Verissimo, Nicolas Otamendi and Jan Vertonghen have the experience to instigate a hyper defensive strategy while offering tactical versatility to the table.

They are set to be aided by the wing-back duo of Andre Almeida and Alejandro Grimaldo, though the latter is likely to be given a more attacking role in the team. The Spaniard’s ability to move forward could be useful, especially on the counter as Benfica look to take advantage of the vulnerable Bayern backline.

Meanwhile, in midfield, Julian Weigl could play a vital role due to his ability to rotate possession and the ability to hurry and hassle the opposing ball-carriers. His midfield partner, Joao Mario, on the other hand, will be dealt with the responsibility of providing the creative essence in the final third.

The Portuguese international could be particularly dangerous from set-pieces, as well as finding the likes of Darwin Nunez and Roman Yaremchuk on the counter, whereas the right-winger Rafa Silva should operate as a runner as well, hoping to exploit the space available on the left-hand side.

Probable Lineup (3-4-3): Vlachodimos; Verissimo, Otamendi, Vertonghen; Almeida, Mario, Weigl, Grimaldo; Silva, Yaremchuk, Nunez

Bayern Munich
Bayern Munich are heading into the game with a nearly full-strength squad and that is always a scary thing, especially under the leadership of Julian Nagelsmann.
However, Alphonso Davies has been ruled out due to fatigue, which means Omar Richards might be given a rare opportunity at left-back. The former Birmingham City full-back is set to form the four-man backline alongside Dayot Upamecano, Lucas Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard, who replaces Niklas Sule at right-back.

Another key absentee for Bayern is Leon Goretzka. The former Schalke prodigy has a cold and did not travel with the squad this week. His absence will pave the way for new signing Marcel Sabitzer to get a rare opportunity to start alongside Joshua Kimmich in the middle of the park.

It will be interesting to see how these two gel together, with Sabitzer likely to be given the more attacking role of the two. The Austrian international could be useful in providing forward balls for the in-form Robert Lewandowski, as well as opening up Leroy Sane and Serge Gnabry into open spaces in behind the Benfica backline.

Thomas Muller should continue to play a key role as well, hoping to create chances and score goals while operating just in behind the main striker Lewandowski.

Probable Lineup (4-2-3-1): Neuer; Pavard, Upamecano, Hernandez, Richards; Sabitzer, Kimmich; Gnabry, Muller, Sane; Lewandowski

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Key Stats
Robert Lewandowski has scored four goals in two Champions League games in 2021/22. Only Ajax’s former Eintracht Frankfurt striker Sebastien Haller has hit more (five).
Julian Nagelsmann’s side are the joint-top scorers after two rounds of fixtures, like Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool, on eight goals.
Manuel Neuer is yet to concede in this season’s competition. The Bayern captain is fifth in the all-time clean sheets table (49), 10 behind the record-setting Iker Casillas.
Bayern are unbeaten in 10 UEFA matches against Benfica, winning three and drawing one of the last four.
The record German champions have not lost away in the Champions League in a tournament-record 19 matches, dating back to a 3-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in the 2017/18 group stage (W15, D4).

Prediction: SL Benfica 1-2 Bayern Munich


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