Benfica vs Lyon Prediction and Betting Preview, 23 Oct 2019

Benfica vs Lyon PredictionBenfica v Lyon Prediction and Preview for Wednesday's group fixture in the Champions League. The hosts sit bottom of the log after losing both their opening fixtures while the visitors are tied with log leaders Zenit at the top. Will the Portuguese revive their European campaign or will the French outfit bury their dreams?
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Match status: 2019-20 Champions League Group Stages
Venue: Estádio da Luz (Lisabon)
Benfica might come into this clash somewhat lacking rhythm having played only twice since the beginning of the month. Despite a 4-0 win of lowly Cova de Piedade in a cup tie over the weekend, the Portuguese outfit lack consistency and have not won consecutive games in their last 7 outings. However, goals are plenty when Benfica are involved with 3 of their last 5 going over 2.5 goals.

At home, the Portuguese are decent and have only lost twice in 9 games. Bruno Lager’s side know they have to win this game to keep their hopes of qualifying past the group stages alive. Benfica will surely present a challenge to the French visitors.

Lyon’s are having a disastrous domestic season sitting only a place above relegation. It’s a different narrative in the champions league where the side is yet to taste defeat so far. After dispatching German outfit RB Leipzig 2-0 before the international break, Les Gones are now tied atop of the group.

Owing to their poor domestic run, the club sacked tactician Sylvinho with French Rudi Garcia set to take over the reins. The move to change tacticians caused discontent among the club faithful and a goalless draw against Dijon on his first game in charge added to their dissatisfaction. It will be a perfect opportunity for the newly-appointed manager to make a statement and prove wrong his detractors against a Portuguese side under pressure to perform.

Benfica v Lyon Team News

Benfica are missing a host of players especially on the backline. Defender Andre Ameida is out with a muscle injury while defenders Tyronne Ebuehi and German Conti and midfielder Chiquinho, all long term absentees, suffering thigh injuries.

Lyon have no notable injuries but forward Memphis Depay and defender Leo Dubois are doubtful heading into this clash.

Head-to-Head Record: Benfica v Lyon

2018 International Champions Cup
Benfica 2-3 Lyon

2016 Club Friendly
Lyon 3-2 Benfica

2010-11 Champions League Group Stages
Benfica 4-3 Lyon

2010-11 Champions League Group Stages
Lyon 2-0 Benfica

Benfica v Lyon: Pre-Match Odds:

Benfica - 2.22
Draw - 3.64
Lyon - 3.36

All odds are with 1xBet and are subject to change.
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Benfica vs Lyon Predictions

Benfica and Lyon have played each other four times with the Portuguese triumphant once. Interestingly, every encounter was a high scoring affair with only one duel going under 2.5 goals. It’s usually a goals galore when Benfica are involved and this shouldn’t pan out any different.
Our Betting Tip:
Over 2.5 @ 1.75
Correct Score:
Benfica 2-2 Lyon @ 12.00

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