Lyon vs. Benfica – Prediction (Champions League – 05.11.2019)

Preview and Teams Comparison.

Lyon have faced Benfica three times previously in the UEFA Champions League, winning once and losing twice, including a 2-1 defeat on MD3.

Olympique Lyonnais welcome Benfica in this UEFA Champions League (UCL) Group G fixture, with the hosts hoping to put an end to a seven-game winless streak at home in the competition (D6, L1). In fact, they may want to keep it tight late on, as 62.5% of the goals they conceded during that run arrived after the 60th minute. Memphis Depay has scored Lyon’s opener in each of the three UCL games where he has found the net this campaign. Domestically, Rudi Garcia’s men have also lost just three of their last 16 home fixtures back in Ligue 1 (W9, D4, L3), scoring at least twice on ten occasions. Additionally, in eight previous competitive home meetings with Portuguese opposition, the hosts have a positive record that currently stands at: W3, D3, L2.

Each of Lyon’s last six competitive home fixtures have produced under 2.5 goals. Twelve of Benfica’s last 14 UCL away games (including qualifiers) have seen the opening goal scored inside the first 30 minutes. At all venues, the three UCL H2Hs have seen the home side on the day lead ‘to-nil’ at half time.

Bruno Lage’s Benfica side sits top of the Liga NOS (LN), after losing just one of the ten league games played so far (W9, L1). Furthermore, on the road, Benfica have won each of their last 13 away league outings, with seven of these being accompanied by a hard-fought clean sheet. Benfica striker Pizzi leads the LN scoring charts with seven goals so far, with five of those coming after the break. Benfica have, however, lost each of their last seven UCL away games (excluding qualifiers), while failing to score in five of those outings. Furthermore, the fact that Benfica have failed to score in each of their last four UCL away fixtures against French opposition is also a concern for them (D2, L2).

Match Info and Live Scores.

Competition: EUROPE: Champions League.
Kick off: 05.11.2019, 20:00 UTC.
Venue: Parc Olympique Lyonnais (Lyon).

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