SL Benfica Women vs Barcelona Women Match Analysis & Prediction
15/12/2022 11:00 pm
Barcelona Women will be looking to secure their spot in the Women’s Champions League knockout rounds when the take on Benfica Women at the Caixa Futebol Campus on Thursday.
Meanwhile, the Portuguese side are currently three points adrift of Barcelona and Bayern Munich, and they will be looking to keep their hopes of reaching the quarter-finals alive.
Benfica kicked off the group stage campaign with a disappointing 9-0 defeat to Barcelona, before they suffered a 3-2 defeat to Bayern Munich despite establishing a two-goal lead.
Since losing to Bayern, Benfica have embarked on a run of eight successive victories across all competitions, including two wins in the Champions League against Rosengard.
They secured a narrow victory in their home encounter with the Swedish side, before they came from behind to defeat them 3-1 last week through a Cloe Lacasse brace and a Nycole Raysla goal.
Benfica folloed that result with a commanding 5-0 league victory over Valadares Gaia at the weekend, but they will now focus on an important European game on Thursday.
Although they face a tough test against Barcelona, Benfica will be eliminated if they lose and Bayern pick up a point against Rosengard or they draw aand the German side takes all three points.
On the other hand, Barcelona kicked off the season with 14 competitive victories across all competitions, including three wins in the Champions League.
Despite claiming a commanding 3-0 victory over Bayern at Camp Nou, Barcelona’s winning run was brought to an end by the Germany side last week.
Klara Buhl, Lina Magull and Lea Schuller helped Bayern move into a three-goal lead, and although Geyse pulled one back, Barcelona could not avoid a 3-1 defeat.
The Catalan giants returned to winning ways at the weekend, as they claimed a 4-0 league victory over Alhama through goals from Claudia Pina, Salma Paralluelo, Bruna Vilamala and Asisat Oshoala.
Jonatan Giraldez’s side know that a point on Thursday would prove enough to secure a spot in the quarter-finals, and they would be confirmed as group winners if they win and Bayern lose to Rosengard.
SL Benfica Women vs. Barcelona Women Head to head
These two teams have previously met on just one occasion in the Women’s Champions League, where Barcelona claimed a resounding 9-0 victory in October.
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SL Benfica Women Team News
Filipa Patao could decide to select the same lineup that beat Rosengard 3-1 last week, which would see Kika Nazareth retain her place in the starting XI.
Aana Seica will continue her central defensive partnership with Carole Costa, while Lacasse will aim to add to her tally of six goals in the Champions League this season.
SL Benfica Women's Last 5 Matches
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Barcelona Women Team News
Barcelona are still unable to call upon the servicess of Caroline Graham Hansen and Alexia Putellas due to injury issues.
Manager Giraldez made wholesale changes to his side for the league victory over Alhama, but the likes of Aitana Bonmati, Mapi Leon, Keira Walsh and Fridolina Rolfo will return to the starting lineup.
Barcelona Women's Last 5 Matches
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SL Benfica Women vs. Barcelona Women: Odds and Predictions
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