It was a two-half stop for both teams heading into the game, with the Catalans holding the advantage in recent form. Back-to-back 1-0 victories over Dynamo Kiev put them second in the group, with Xavi also beating Espanyol with just one goal in their first dugout game this weekend.
Meanwhile, Benfica collapsed after taking four points without conceding a goal in their first two games. This included a 3-0 defeat for Barcelona in September before being pumped twice by Bayern Munich, in which they scored nine goals.
But the decisive victories over Braga and Pacos de Ferreira have put the Portuguese side back on track as they seek to remind Barcelona that a change of coach may not be the immediate answer to everyone their problems.
Kick-off date, time and location
Barcelona vs Benfica are scheduled to kick off at 8pm GMT tonight – Tuesday, November 23, 2021. Camp Nou will host the match.
Where to watch Barcelona vs Benfica
TV channel: Tonight’s game will be televised on BT Sport ESPN, with coverage starting at 7:45 p.m.
Direct: BT Sport subscribers will be able to watch the match online through the BT Sport website or app.
Barcelona vs Benfica team news
Xavi is awaiting a number of injury doubts following the derby victory over Espanyol.
Sergino Dest was able to train on Monday as the club monitored his fitness level, as well as those of Oscar Mingueza, Sergio Busquets and Nico Gonzalez after receiving beatings this weekend.
Sergio Aguero (heart) and Martin Braithwaite (knee) are unavailable while Ilias Akhomach and Ez Abde both played against Espanyol but are suspended and unrecorded for this game respectively. Both Ansu Fati and Pedri came out with thigh issues.
Ousmane Dembele is being watched after a hamstring injury and Xavi said on Monday: “We’ll see how he plays. We have to see how he feels in the session [on Monday] afternoon and morning. We don’t want him to get hurt. Sometimes we take risks, but it depends on how we feel.
Diogo Gonçalves, Nemanja Radonjic, Paulo Bernardo, Lucas Verissimo and Rodrigo Pinho were absent from Benfica’s last training session before flying to Spain, but midfielder Joao Mario could be in good shape despite the absence of the victory of the weekend.
Barcelona vs Benfica Prediction
Benfica have shown in their defeats at the hands of Bayern Munich that he is unlikely to be a dark horse in this year’s competition and may be better suited for the Europa League.
Barcelona, meanwhile, certainly haven’t gotten over their problems, but can gain confidence from a win in Xavi’s debut and should have enough – with Camp Nou behind them – to grab the three points that will secure their place. in the round of 16.
History and results of face to face (h2h)
Benfica never won at Camp Nou but did beat the Blaugrana in the 1961 final.