Barcelona and Benfica will both go in search of three points to secure the second spot in their Champions League group when they lock horns at the Camp Nou in Group E on Wednesday night. It will be a crucial Champions League match for both clubs as Benfica travel to Spain to face Barca at the Camp Nou. Xavi Hernandez will kick off his UCL journey as Barcelona head coach on Friday night as his team host Benfica in the UCL fixture at the Camp Nou. Xavi’s Barcelona era starts with win over Espanyol after Memphis Depay celebrates scored Barcelona’s winner against Espanyol from the penalty spot.
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) November 21, 2021
Barcelona vs Benfica Match Details
Fixture : Champions League Group Stage
Date : 24 November, Wednesday
Time : 1:30 AM
Venue : Camp Nou, Barcelona
Barcelona vs Benfica Match Preview
Xavi has taken over Barcelona at a very difficult time in the club’s history, when the club is struggling after Messi left. It would not be good to expect him to solve everything in the beginning. However, his side produced a promising display against Espanoyl as they went on to win their derby 1-0. The UCL fixture against Benfica will also prove to be an important match. If Xavi manages to win it then it will surely boost the confidence of both the players and the fans. Apart form morale point of view, this win is also necessary to proceed towards the next stage. Benfica is just one win behind Barca. If the Portuguese club manages to win this fixture, then Barca might have to compete in Europa League.
Barcelona vs Benfica Team News
In his first match with Barca as manager, Xavi has shown that he will go with young players. Some players in the Barcelona squad have the chance to start afresh under Xavi. Barcelona has announced the signing of Dani Alves on November 12 but he will be unable to play until January. Dembele is also out while Sergio Aguero has been forced to retire due to heart problems.
Benfica are expected to be without the services of Lucas Verissimo, Joao Mario, Rodrigo Pinho, Andre Almeida, Gil Dias and Valentino Lazaro for this fixture through injury. Head coach Jesus is expected to make a number of changes for the UCL fixture. Pizzi, Goncalo Ramos, Morato and Soualiho Meite are all likely to come into the starting lineup.
Barcelona vs Benfica Head to Head
Barcelona won : 3
Benfica won : 3
Draw : 3
Barcelona vs Benfica Predicted Lineups
Barcelona possible starting lineup: Ter Stegen; Mingueza, Pique, Araujo, Dest; F. de Jong, Busquets, Pedri; Coutinho, L. de Jong, Depay
Benfica possible starting lineup: Vlachodimos; Verissimo, Otamendi, Vertonghen; Pizzi, Weigl, Mario, Grimaldo; Silva, Yaremchuk, Nunez
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Barcelona vs Benfica Dream11 Prediction
Goalkeeper: Ter Stegen
Defenders: Otamendi, Vertonghen, Araujo, Dest
Midfielders: Mario, Grimaldo, Busquets, Pedri
Forwards: Yaremchuk, Depay