Benfica vs Lyon Match Info
Date: Wednesday October 23 2019
Kick-off time: 8.00pm BST
Venue: Estadio da Luz
Referee: Ivan Kruzliak (Slovakia)
Benfica vs Lyon Head-To-Head Record
2 previous matches
November 2 2010: Benfica 4-3 Lyon
October 20 2010: Lyon 2-0 Benfica
Benfica vs Lyon Stats
- These clubs’ previous meetings were on the equivalent match-days of the 2010-11 Champions League, albeit they hosted them the other way around – Lyon qualified, Benfica dropped into the Europa League and reached the semi-finals
- Benfica are unbeaten in all of their 14 matches at home to French clubs in European competition (10 wins, four draws)
- Benfica won the last five of those games by a one-goal margin
Benfica vs Lyon Match Preview
Benfica have a fine opportunity to show they are not out of contention to qualify from Champions League Group G when hosting Lyon on Wednesday.
The Portuguese champions have yet to get off the mark after losing 2-1 at home to RB Leipzig and 3-1 away to Zenit St Petersburg, leaving them three points adrift at the bottom of the table with the other trio all covered by just a solitary point.
But as the stats above reveal, Benfica possess a superb record at home to French clubs. They are unbeaten in 14 matches at the Estadio da Luz against teams from that country and have won seven of the last eight.
Lyon, meanwhile, are already experiencing a strange season. They began by appointing Sylvinho as manager for his first managerial job as successor to Bruno Genesio, started Ligue 1 with two emphatic victories and then won only one more out of nine and sacked the Brazilian, replacing him with Rudi Garcia!
The former Lille, Roma and Marseille boss had no immediate impact, drawing his first game in charge 0-0 at home to Dijon, but at least the one further match Lyon did win under Sylvinho was in the Champions League against RB Leipzig to put them top of the group.
However, Lyon are a risky betting conveyance against anyone at present and with Benfica proving to be very solid defensively in their domestic games this term, they are backed to get their European campaign up and running here with a narrow success.
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Benfica vs Lyon Betting Tips
Benfica to win @ 5/4 with Unibet
Under 2.5 goals @ 11/10 with Unibet