Benfica will hope for a better result than its recent outings in La Liga when it plays its second UEFA Champions League match against Barcelona. Benfica has plenty of reason to feel confident, as Barcelona has been a shell of its former self while it continues to recover from administrative issues. Barca is the only Group E team to lose its opening UCL match and would find itself in a dire situation if it leaves emptyhanded on Wednesday at Estadio Da Luz in Portugal. You can catch all the action live on Paramount+.
Kick-off is at 3 p.m. ET. Barcelona is the +145 favorite (risk $100 to win $145) on the 90-minute money line in the latest Benfica vs. Barcelona odds from Caesars Sportsbook. Benfica is the +190 underdog, and a draw would return +235. The over-under for total goals is 2.5. Wednesday's match will be streamed live on Paramount+ with their must-have Premium plan.
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How to watch Benfica vs. Barcelona
- Date: Wednesday, September 29
- Time: 3 p.m. ET
- Streaming: Paramount+
UEFA Champions League picks for Barcelona vs. Benfica
Before you tune in to Wednesday's match, you need to see the Benfica vs. Barcelona picks from European soccer insider Martin Green. After working in the sports betting industry for several years, Green became a professional sports writer and handicapper and has covered the game worldwide. Since then, his European soccer picks have been spot-on. Green has generated over $36,000 for $100 bettors since the 2017-18 season. He's also been red-hot on his Champions League picks since joining SportsLine. In fact, Green is on a blistering 86-53-5 run on his UCL best bets. Anyone who has followed him is way up.
For Barcelona vs. Benfica, Green is predicting both teams to score (-162). Barcelona has looked particularly vulnerable in the back during recent matches, and conceded three goals to FC Bayern to open group play with a 0-3 defeat. Meanwhile, Benfica's offense has been up to the task, and has scored at least three goals in three of its last four matches.
In order for Braca to come out of Wednesday's match the victors, it will need inspired play from some of its more unproven talent. Historically, Barcelona has gotten the better of Benfica, but their last matches came in 2012, and both sides come into this week's match with a much different composition than their previous meetings.
"Barcelona is now seriously diminished," Green told SportsLine. "It has a couple of great young players in Ansu Fati and Frenkie de Jong, while veterans Gerard Piqué and Sergio Busquets are still putting their bodies on the line for the cause, but this team looks distinctly underwhelming."
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