On Tuesday, soccer will return to the Camp Nou. For the host side, Barcelona, this will be an important match. Playing Benfica, a direct competitor for a playoff spot out of this Champions League quartet. And, to be honest, in this meeting the Blues-Grenadines will be satisfied only with a victory – but how will they win? The analysts of the website made their forecast for the important match on November 23, 2021. Odds for all sporting events can be found at 1xbet mobile.
Barcelona begins a new era virtually at the bottom
“Blue Granatas” knew in their history and more difficult times. Still, current fans are used to the fact that they support “more than a club.” Now that status is only on paper, and Xavi must work hard to regain it. A good step would be to win 2nd place in the group and qualify for the Champions League playoffs. But that would be extremely difficult. Koeman was still able with his charges to beat Dynamo in both meetings. But before that there were two defeats, not only from Bayern, but also from Benfica. So now it is desirable to win to create the advantage over the Portuguese.
Benfica understands that they have a good chance for the 2nd place.
“The Eagles were able to make it through Spartak Moscow (extremely easy) and PSV in qualification. True, the group stage started with a relative failure: in Kiev, Jorge Jesus’ wards have not scored against Dynamo (moreover, the last-minute goal by Shaparenko was canceled out only after a careful review of the video replay). But then there was, perhaps, the key success of the Portuguese in this European Cup campaign. They defeated the then Ronald Koeman’s side 3-0 at home. So now, even a defeat would leave them with some chances of finishing 2nd in the end. But still the competitor in the 6th round to play with unmotivated Bayern, albeit in Munich. So it is desirable at least not to lose to the hosts at Camp Nou.
Barcelona met with Benfica three times before this season and invariably it all ended the same way: the grande de Catalunya scored four points in a cycle. So this fall, the Eagles recorded their first win in history – and a smashing one at once!
Prediction for the match
Xavi in Barcelona began with a minimal victory over Espanyol. Now it will not be easy either, the Portuguese are likely to “close”. We bet on the final result as “less than 3.0 goals scored” (odds – 1.79).