Bayern Munich will be aiming to maintain their winning start to the 2021-22 Champions League when they face Benfica at the Estadio da Luz on Wednesday.
Benfica sit second in Group E having taken four points from their opening two games. They opened their champions league campaign with a goalless draw against Dynamo Kyiv but responded in a perfect way with a 3-0 thrashing over Barcelona. Darwin Nunez took three minutes to open the scoring against La Blaugrana before Rafa Silva doubled his side’s advantage in the 69th minute. Darwin Nunez scored his second of the night via a penalty to round up the scoring. Gil Dias, Valentine Lazaro, Haris Seferovic are all out injured.
German champions Bayern Munich has been rampant this champions league season. They have scored eight goals so far this campaign. Following an opening day thrashing over Barcelona, they oversaw a comprehensive 5-0 success over Dynamo Kyiv on home soil. Robert Lewandowski, Serge Gnabry, Leroy Sane, and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting found the back of the net to cement Bayern’s place at the top of Group E rankings. Julian Nagelsmann’s men produced another five-star performance in league action at the weekend in an eye-catching 5-1 thrashing of Bayer Leverkusen, with all of the Bavarians’ goals coming in the first half before Patrik Schick netted a consolation for a desolate Leverkusen. Bayern Munich are now with 10 wins from 12 games across all competitions this season. They have now scored 53 goals this season – the highest of any European club. Defender Alphonse Davies came off injured in their last match and is unlikely to feature here.
Benfica has kept three consecutive champions league clean sheets for the first time in 15 years. However, they haven’t won this fixture in ten previous clashes (D3 L7). Bayern Munich are unbeaten in their last 19 away champions league matches scoring a whopping 54 goals in that run with an average of 3 goals per champions league game since the start of last season. Bayern has been ruthless in attack scoring over 2.5 goals in nine of their last eleven matches this season.
PREDICTION: BAYERN WIN & BTTS
ANYTIME GOALSCORER: ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI