On fire, Bayern Munich travel to play Benfica Wednesday for Champions League Matchday 3 fixtures and our sportsbook is offering great odds on them to cover the spread.
Benfica: Huge underdogs
Following a 3-0 win over Barcelona in Matchday 2, Benfica are sitting second in their group behind leaders Bayern Munich. The entire media talked about that win being a massive surprise but given Barcelona’s issues on and off the field, it was well-deserved for the Portuguese team.
Jorge Jesus’ men now aim to maintain their unbeaten run to the Champions League campaign but that’s not an easy task as they are playing the best team in Europe in a double-header. With Barcelona sure to start picking up points in Europe as they are playing Dynamo Kyiv, Benfica’s second position in the standings is in great danger.
There’s nothing they can do to stop Bayern and the latest soccer odds suggest a clear German victory on the road with the visitors being priced at -240 on the Money Line. Benfica wingback Gil Dias and his replacement Valentino Lazaro are both ruled out, while strikers Haris Seferovic and Roman Yaremchuk are also struggling with injuries, giving Jorge Jesus huge headaches. Who will score against Bayern?
Bayern Munich: Lewa-Show
Not many teams in Europe can stop Bayern from going all the way this season. If all their players are fully fit during the entire season there’s nothing you can do to stop them. In their domestic league, things are simple as we are sure they will lift their 10th consecutive Bundesliga title.
They have equaled Juventus’ record in Europe’s top five leagues with their ninth league title in a row. They will remain sole leaders after this season. In previous years, Bayern tried to secure their UCL knockout spots after three or four games, then focus on increasing the gap at the top of the Bundesliga table and then give everything in the UCL knockout stages. It’s happening again.
They destroyed Dynamo Kyiv and Barcelona in the opening two games of the European campaign, beating them 5-0 and 3-0 respectively with Robert Lewandowski scoring goals on his own. Another season with great numbers for the Polish super start. He deserves the Ballon d’Or this year, not only because of his numbers, but also because his game-by-game performance and his consistency on the pitch.
Lewandowski was officially crowned the most prolific goalscorer in Europe last season with 41 Bundesliga goals scored, despite missing a month through injury. It’s tough to find value in him being ‘anytime goalscorer’ because the best soccer odds to bet online are usually pricing him at around -170 in every single game. In this match, he’s now -200.
On top of that, Bayern are fully packed with world-class players in every position on the pitch. Not many teams can say they have a high-quality bench, with players who can always play at the same level with the first XI ones.
Benfica vs Bayern Munich Betting Picks
Alphonso Davies came off injured against Leverkusen and he’s doubtful for this clash. Leon Goretzka is out with a cold, and he will probably be replaced by Marcel Sabitzer in the midfield. Bayern will have their top wingers Leroy Sane and Serge Gnabry on the flanks while Lewandowski will lead the attacking line helped by Thomas Muller.
A five-star team ready to take Benfica by storm. There’s no way we can see an upset in this game. Benfica should consider them happy if they conceded only three goals because lately Bayern destroy their opponents.
There are two ways you can bet on this clash. Bayern will surely start strong, and push for one or two goals in the first half — so Bayern to win Half-Time/Full-Time priced at +110 is a great value bet, but for our banker we are going with the second choice. We said we expect Bayern to find the back of the net at least three times, that means they can easily cover the -1½ spread.