Benfica Lisbon vs. Olympique Lyon – Prediction (23.10.2019)

Preview and Teams Comparison.

Benfica and Lyon’s only previous European meetings were in the 2010-11 Champions League group stage – both sides won their home games. No French side has ever won an away UEFA European match against Benfica in 14 attempts (W0 D4 L10), with 10 different teams failing to win. Lyon have lost both of their away Champions League visits to Portugal, losing against Porto in March 2004 (0-2) and Benfica in November 2010 (3-4).

Benfica enter this Champions League (CL) Group G fixture aiming to claim their first points of the campaign, after losing their opening two fixtures. Significantly, each of those two losses saw both teams score, and Benfica net exactly one goal in the last ten minutes of play. Pizzi’s (BEN) brace in the Portuguese Cup last week made it ten goals in 12 competitive appearances – seven of which arrived after half-time. Bruno Lage’s men have lost just two of their last 22 home league fixtures though (W18, D2, L2), shutting out the opposition in half of those games. Additionally, the ‘Eagles’ can take further confidence from the fact they have never lost a competitive game against French opposition at the Estádio da Luz (W10, D4).

Benfica have won each of their last five European home matches against French sides. Each of the two CL H2Hs saw the home side on the day score the opening goal within 30 minutes. Lyon’s last five CL away games saw the opener scored in the first 30 minutes.

Visitors Lyon come into this game after losing just one of their previous 12 CL fixtures (W3, D9, L1), and the fact that they’ve found the net in each of their last seven CL road trips will surely bring confidence to their fans. However, the visitors have lost both previous CL trips to Portugal, conceding 3.0 goals on average. Lyon are unbeaten in the three CL group stage games in which Memphis Depay has found the net (W1, D2). When bringing domestic form into consideration, Lyon travel here winless in their previous eight Ligue 1 (L1) matches (D4, L4), with all four losses across this period coming via a 1-0 scoreline.

Match Info and Live Scores.

Competition: EUROPE: Champions League – Group Stage – Round 3
Kick off: 23.10.2019, 16:55 UTC.
Venue: Estádio da Luz (Lisbon).
Referee: Kruzliak I. (Svk).

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