Benfica has had a strong start to the season and will be seeking to keep up the momentum when they face Bayern Munich in Group E of the UEFA Champions League. Ahead of Match Day 3, two points separate the two teams, with Benfica on four points and Bayern on six. The hosts are seeking to build on their 3-0 triumph over Barcelona in this match. They've won four of their last five games, but have only kept one clean sheet and haven't scored in one of them. Darwin Nunez is on fire, scoring four goals in his past five games, and he'll be hoping to add a few more tonight after his two goals against Barcelona.
Benfica have won four of their past five home matches and have scored more than two goals in four of them. They haven't kept a clean sheet in their previous five home games, which will be a worry against Bayern. Benfica is unbeaten in the Champions League in their past six games, and they have won five consecutive games at home in the competition. They've now scored two or more goals in five consecutive Champions League home games.
Bayern Munich are coming off a 5-1 victory over Bayer Leverkusen, which is a massive statement of intent. In that blowout, Robert Lewandowski scored two goals, bringing his season total to 15 goals for the club. He has five goals in Bayern's previous five games and will be a man to watch in this match. Bayern has been spectacular offensively, but they haven't been very solid defensively. They've scored three goals or more in ten of their previous eleven games, but they've only kept two clean sheets in their last five.
Bayern's attacking form isn't limited to home games; they've scored 31 goals in their past seven away encounters. In 23 Champions League games, they had only one loss while winning 21. Bayern Munich has scored eight goals in two Champions League matches this season. They've played Benfica four times before, with three victories and one draw.
Bayern Munich has controlled their recent encounters, both at home and on the road, and I don't anticipate them to suffer here. Benfica, on the other hand, is still a formidable opponent who will provide a threat in attack. This will be a close contest, but Bayern Munich will win.
KICKOFF TIME: The match between Benfica and Bayern Munich will take place today at 8PM Nigerian time.
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