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Benfica vs Lyon Betting Tips - Inconsistent clubs set for a close match

Lyon have drawn 7 of their last 9 Champions League matches
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Benfica host Lyon in the UEFA Champions League (Getty Images)

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Benfica desperately need a win against Lyon at the Estádio da Luz. Benfica are hard to beat in Lisbon while Lyon have become draw specialists in the UEFA Champions League. 

Benfica Form

Benfica are one point behind surprise leaders Famalicao in the Primeira Liga, the only blemish being a 2-0 home defeat against Porto. The Portuguese champions have had a poor start to their Champions League campaign however after two straight defeats.

Haris Seferovic scored late in a 2-1 home loss against Leipzig that was followed by a 3-1 defeat at Zenit St Petersburg. Raúl de Tomás was on target for Benfica’s consolation on that occasion but both strikers are now under pressure from Vinicius.

The Brazilian striker bagged a brace in Benfica’s recent 4-0 win at Cova da Piedade with Pizzi scoring the first two goals. Benfica’s recent home defeats are a slight anomaly with the Lisbon club unbeaten in 17 of their last 19 home matches in all competitions.

Benfica News

Defenders Germán Conti, André Almeida and midfielder Florentino Luis are injured alongside attackers Rafa Silva and Chiquinho. Rafa has been sensational for Bruno Lage’s side this season and the winger is a big loss.

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Benfica's Brazilian forward Carlos Vinicius is getting close to a starting spot (Getty Images)

Lyon Form 

Lyon’s poor start to the season saw Sylvinho sacked after 98 days in charge and replaced by Rudi Garcia. The former St-Etienne, Dijon, Lille, Roma and Marseille manager’s first match in charge was a 0-0 home draw against Dijon in Ligue 1.

The draw came despite having 65% possession and more shots (24-6), shots at goal (10-1) and expected goals (1.86-0.36). It was the third straight match in Ligue 1 that Lyon failed to score. 

Their Champions League campaign is going well after a 1-1 draw against Zenit St Petersburg and 2-0 win at Leipzig. Memphis Depay and Martin Terrier took advantage of Leipzig errors to secure a vital three points in Germany.

Lyon News

Central defender Jason Denayer returned against Dijon to keep Youssouf Koné out of the side. Right back Léo Dubois is still injured while Memphis Depay missed the Dijon match and will hope to feature in Lisbon.

Benfica vs Lyon Head to Head

Lyon have a 3-1 advantage against Benfica. They traded home wins in the 2010-11 Champions League season before Lyon won 3-2 in a 2016 friendly and 3-2 in the 2018 International Champions Cup.

Benfica vs Lyon Betting Odds

Benfica are favourites at 2.10 with Lyon priced at 3.30 for an away win at bet365. Lyon have become draw specialists after seven draws in their last nine Champions League matches, a draw here is paying 3.70.

New Lyon manager Rudi Garcia saw his side draw 0-0 against Dijon in his first match in charge (Getty Images)

Benfica vs Lyon Match Up

Benfica are close to full strength and are hard to beat in Lisbon. Lyon are in transition under a new manager and will be happy with a point.

Benfica vs Lyon Stats

  • Benfica are unbeaten in 17 of their last 19 home matches in all competitions.
  • Benfica have drawn 2 of their last 5 home matches 1-1 (UEFA Champions League).
  • Lyon have drawn 7 of their last 9 matches  (UEFA Champions League).
  • Lyon have drawn 5 of their last 9 matches (all competitions).
  • Lyon have failed to score in their last 3 matches (Ligue 1).

Benfica vs Lyon FAQ

Where is Benfica vs Lyon?

Benfica vs Lyon will be played at the Estádio da Luz in Lisbon, Portugal.

Where is Benfica vs Lyon?

Benfica vs Lyon is scheduled to kick off at 21.00 CET on Wednesday 23 October 2019.


Benfica don’t often lose in Lisbon and should prove a stern test for Lyon. The French club are under new management and will see a draw as a positive result.

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Best Bet: Draw @3.70 at bet365 - 3 Units
Correct Score Tip: 1-1 Draw @7.00 at bet365 - 1 Unit

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Benfica were on track for a 1-1 draw against Lyon but Lyon goalkeeper literally threw it away as the Portuguese club won 2-1 with a late goal.
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