Before this match Benfica is in must win situation. Lyon is leader of the Group B, with all three victories and goal difference 6:1. Benfica is on the third position with even six points less than Lyon and three points less than Schalke. To manage to catch the second position and standing to next stage of the Champions League, Benfica have to win all res matches at home. They already won one, 2:0 against Hapoel Tel Aviv, but they also lost two matches away, both with the same result, 0:2, against Schalke and tonight's opponent Lyon. For me, the success of Lyon in the Group B is big surprise for me, and analyzing that I concluded that it was result of weaknesses of Schalke, and also Benfica in the first match in Lyon. Their real possibilities Lyon showed in French Ligue 1, especially away from home, where Lyon achieved only one victory, one draw, and three defeats, with goal difference 6:10. So, their defense does not seem so reliable when we look at the national championship. On the other hand, Benfica had good performance in national championship, winning four and losing one match at home, with goal difference 9:2. They allowed two goals on the first match in the championship in defeat 1:2 against Academica. How it was the unexpected defeat the best speaks odds to win of Academica - even @14.00. After that, Benfica played at home four matches, scored 8 and did not allowed no one.
In the past, Lyon won once and lost twice in Portugal. Their striker Brazilian Lisandro Lopea scored three goals against Benfica playing for Porto, but he is injured and it is handicap for French team. Except of Delgado, who has been injured for already a month, Benfica tonight cannot count on midfielders Toulalan, Ederson and Makoun. Defender Cissokho is also injured. According the last news, Miralem Pjanic and Chris Pauel will not play, too.
Except of suspended Gaitan, Benfica will be without Oscar Cardozo and Ruben Amorim (both knee), while Roderick has still not recovered from a hamstring problem sustained in pre-season.
Benfica has a good chance to win and include themselves in battle for the next stage of the Champions League. I do not want to estimate Lyon but, considering the strength, roster and shape of both teams, this is quite possible outcome.
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