Bayern Munich vs Benfica
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Bayern Munich vs Benfica | Prediction, Betting Tips & Odds
We simply can’t see the reason why Bayern’s management still holds Niko Kovac in the position of the coach. The Croatian native managed to destroy one of the most beautiful styles of play in Europe and to ruin everything good in Bayern’s game. The fans are not supporting the team anymore, and this match might be the turning point for the Bavarians. If they lose, the entire season goes down the drain. Benfica hopes to use the turmoils in the German club and to come back into the race for the Round of 16.
Bayern once again disappointed their fans at Allianz Arena. Only 3:3 against Fortuna is another slap in the face, for the army of loyal fans and the reputation of the club. Benfica managed to avoid the same destiny, with Silva’s last-minute goal against Arouca. That score secured the win of the Eagles in the Portuguese Cup, 2:1. The Germans are first in the Group E, with 10 points, then comes Ajax with 8, while Benfica sits in the third position with 4 points.
Just a few people including us, could predict this turn of events in Munich after Niko Kovac’s arrival. The former Eintracht Frankfurt’s coach is just too defensive minded for a team like Bayern. His calculations and tactical approaches are not in Bayern’s nature, and we are witnessing that players don’t want to adjust to his system. Some of them openly stated that, and demanded from the board to fire the Croat. The German champions won only one game at home, in the past five, allowing a goal in all but that mentioned. Instead of attacking even when having the momentum, Kovac tends to be careful while leading 1:0 or in similar situations, which eventually comes back like a boomerang, because Bayern is not an Italian club to defend in front of own fans.
The Eagles had their chance against Ajax, but they missed it. And by failing to win at least one head-to-head matchup with the Dutch team, Benfica decreased its prospects for finishing second and entering the next phase of this elite competition. The Portuguese powerhouse lost in Amsterdam in the last seconds of the event. After leading at home, Rui Vitoria’s boys cracked under pressure and Ajax took one very valuable point, which in the end might be the crucial one. Benfica has a lot of trouble in the defensive part of the team. Previous four events they played finished with both sides scoring, and the Eagles allowed at least one goal in six consecutive matches.
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Bayern has lots of troubles with injured players. James Rodriguez, Thiago Alcantara, and Corentin Tolisso are out of the picture for Tuesday night. Serge Gnabry and Mats Hummels are listed questionable, but it is expected from them to play. Benfica comes to Bavaria without Tyronne Ebuehi, who missed all the games so far. Grimaldo Garcia, Ribeiro, Fejsa and Salvio are all doubtful.
Germans were routine in Lisboa, and they defeated Benfica 0:2 at La Luz. Two years ago these two big clubs met also in the Champions League, and they played a draw in Portugal, 2:2, while Bayern won in Munich, 2:0.
Odds and Predictions
There is no doubt about the favorite, even though Bayern is underachieving lately. A triumph of the German champions is 1.28 currently. A draw is 5.50, while Benfica’s victory in Munich stands at 10.
Bayern Munich vs Benfica | Top Betting Tip: Bayern Munich (1-0)
Only because of Kovac, this game threatens to be a boring one with few chances and with lots of tactics. Benfica’s style of play prefers the tough approach in the midfield, and a decreasing the pace of the match. The same thing applies to the Croat, who forces Bayern to play like that. Therefore under 2.5 goals is the best possible choice. Home team’s individuals are the only reason why we back up the Germans to win. Bayern Munich – Benfica 1:0.