Champions League : Barcelona Vs Benfica Match Preview, Line Up, Tv Channel Info, Team News
The 2021-22 UEFA Champions League season goes on this Wednesday, and after some of the shocking results that took place on Tuesday, all teams have to be wary of their chances when they take on their rivals. One of those teams will be Barcelona, who will try to live up to the expectations created by their 3-0 win over Levante last weekend when they face the most-winning team in Portugal: Benfica.
It will be a special game for Benfica, who are making their return to this competition under manager Jorse Jesús. The red and white side claimed a goalless draw away from home against Dinamo Kiyv in their previous UCL game, which will force the Eagles to earn a win here if they want to keep their hopes of making the next round alive.
Benfica will enter this game as the best club in Portugal, with seven wins in seven games so far in the Primeira Liga. So far, the team's best players are Darwin Núñez and Roman Yaremchuk, both with four goals to their name. To make things more interesting, Benfica have only conceded three times across all competitions, which may give you an idea on how hard it could get for Barcelona to find the back of the net here.
On the other side of the pitch, Barcelona have to win this game to save face after what turned out to be a disappointing display in their debut against Bayern München, who destroyed Barcelona's defense with a 3-0 score on Matchday 1. A second loss would drastically hinder Los Culés' chances of making the next round, and Ronald Koeman's term as boss could come to an end if the game ends in a loss for the Catalan side.
The Blaugrana side has relied heavily on what Memphis Depay can do for them on the pitch, as the Dutch striker has found the back of the net three times. Other notable players are Marc-André Ter Stegen and defender Ronald Araujo, who have stepped up to lead the team during their inconsistent outings. The Blaugrana side is still rejoicing after their three-nil win over Levante last weekend, which they will try to follow up with a victory here.
Here are a few facts and stats ahead of Wednesday's game between Benfica and Barcelona.
Benfica vs Barcelona - Who's in and who's out?
Benfica - Injured: Haris Seferovic, Mile Svilar. Doubtful: Diogo Gonçalves.
Barcelona - Injured: Pedri, Martin Braithwaite, Jordi Alba, Ousmané Dembelé, Sergio Agüero. Doubtful: Balde, Sergi Roberto.
Benfica vs Barcelona - Head-to-head stats
This will be the first game between these teams since the 2011-12 UEFA CL season.
This will be the fifth UCL game between Benfica and Barcelona.
Barcelona are still unbeaten against Benfica in the UEFA Champions League with two wins and two draws.
Benfica have never been able to find the back of the net against Barcelona in their past four games.
Benfica's coach Jorge Jesús will face Barcelona for the fifth time in his career. His record shows one draw and three losses in his four previous games against Los Culés.
Sergi Roberto and Gerard Piqué are the only members of Barcelona's current squad to be included in Los Blaugranas' last match against Benfica. That game ended in a goalless draw.
Broadcast info - Benfica vs Barcelona
In Portugal: Eleven Sports 1 Portugal.
In Spain: Movistar+, Movistar Liga de Campeones.
In the U.S.: PrendeTV, Paramount+.
In Canada: DAZN.
In the U.K.: BT Sport App, BT Sport ESPN, BTSport.com.
In the Netherlands: Ziggo Sport Golf, RTL 7.
In Brazil: HBO Max.
In Argentina: ESPN2 Sur, Star+.
In Mexico: HBO Max.
In Australia: Stan Sport.
Benfica vs Barcelona Broadcast Information
Kick-off time:Wednesday 29 September 3:00pm ET / 8:00pm BST / 9:00pm CET Stadium:Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica (da Luz) (Lisboa)
Australia:Stan Sport Canada:DAZN France:Free, beIN SPORTS CONNECT, beIN Sports MAX 4 Germany:DAZN2, DAZN India:Sony Six, JioTV, Sony Six HD, Sony LIV Indonesia:Vidio Malaysia:Astro Go, Astro SuperSport 2, beIN Sports Connect Malaysia Netherlands:Ziggo Sport Golf, RTL 7 Nigeria:SuperSport Premier League Nigeria, DStv Now Portugal:Eleven Sports 1 Portugal Spain:Movistar Liga de Campeones, Movistar+ Turkey:Exxen United Kingdom:BT Sport App, BTSport.com, LiveScore App, BT Sport ESPN United States:Paramount+, PrendeTV