Bayern Munchen vs SL Benfica Match Analysis & Prediction
21/12/2022 11:00 pm
Bayern Munich Women will be looking to finish top of their Women’s Champions League group when they face Benfica Women on Wednesday.
While the hosts have qualified for the knockout stages, Benfica have been eliminated after picking up six points from their five group matches.
Bayern Munich have fared well in their Champions League campaign up until this point, winning four and losing just one of their five matches in the main draw.
The showcased their fighting qualities to come from behind and win against Rosengard and Benfica, but they could not prevent Barcelona from cruising to a 3-0 victory at Camp Nou.
However, Bayern claimed an impressive 3-1 victory in the reverse fixture to become the first team to beat Barcelona in any competition this season.
Bayern are level on points with the group leaders, but they are behind the Catalan giants due to the head-to-head record between the two sides, and they will only be able to finish in top spot if they can better Barcelona’s result.
Meanwhile, Benfica will be looking to finish their European campaign on a positive note despite failing to qualify for the knockout rounds.
They showed their great character to remain competitive in the group stage after they were beaten 9-0 by Barcelona in their opening game of the main draw.
They then gave up a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 to Bayern Munich, before they bounced back with two victories over Rosengard.
Nevertheless, any hopes of reaching the quarter-finals dissipated last week when Benfica were beaten 6-2 by Barcelona, in a game where Filipa Patao’s side missed two penalties.
Despite Wednesday’s contest representing their final game of the 2022-23 Champions League, Benfica will be determined to claim a seventh consecutive away win across all competitions.
Bayern Munchen vs. SL Benfica Head to head
These two teams have previously met on just three occasions in the Women’s Champions League, where Bayern have claimed two victories while they have drawn once. Bayern have scored seven goals and conceded two in the process.
05/10/2021SL Benfica0Bayern Munchen0Women's Champions League
15/12/2021Bayern Munchen4SL Benfica0Women's Champions League
27/10/2022SL Benfica2Bayern Munchen3Women's Champions League
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Bayern Munchen Team News
Bayern are still without the services of Giulia Gwinn, Hanna Glas and Jovana Damnjanovic due to injury issues, but Lea Schuller will lead the line for the hosts.
Straus is expected to name an unchanged lineup following Bayern’s comfortable win over Rosengard last week, with Maximiliane Rall and Linda Dallman also unavailable.
Bayern Munchen's Last 5 Matches
27/11/2022Bayern Munchen2SGS Essen0Frauen Bundesliga
02/12/2022Hoffenheim0Bayern Munchen4Frauen Bundesliga
07/12/2022Bayern Munchen3Barcelona1Women's Champions League
10/12/2022Bayern Munchen2Bayer Leverkusen0Frauen Bundesliga
15/12/2022Rosengard0Bayern Munchen4Women's Champions League
SL Benfica Team News
Ana Seica will partner Carole Costa in the centre of Benfica’s defence, while Catarina Amado and Valeria are expected to operate as the two full-backs.
Cloe Lacasse has scored seven goals in nine Champions League appearances this season, and she will be looking to continue her impressive form in her side’s final group game.
SL Benfica's Last 5 Matches
03/12/2022Ouriense0SL Benfica31a Divisao Women
07/12/2022Rosengard1SL Benfica3Women's Champions League
11/12/2022SL Benfica5Valadares Gaia01a Divisao Women
15/12/2022SL Benfica2Barcelona6Women's Champions League
18/12/2022Vilaverdense0SL Benfica2Women's Cup
Bayern Munchen vs. SL Benfica: Odds and Predictions
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