PSG v Benfica: Live stream, betting tips, odds & match preview
Paris Saint-Germain and Benfica collide in the French capital on Tuesday night with a place atop Group H of the Champions League up for grabs (8pm kick-off, UK time).
How to live stream PSG v Benfica online:
Where to watch PSG v Benfica on TV:
- UK: BT Sport 4
- US: Paramount+
PSG v Benfica: Betting tips
- Kylian Mbappe to score at least two goals @18/5 with Bet UK
- PSG 8+ shots on target @6/5 with Sky Bet
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PSG v Benfica: Predictions
PSG v Benfica: Predictions
|BTTS?||Yes||4/6 with Betway|
|Correct score||2-1||8/1 with William Hill|
|First Goalscorer||Kylian Mbappe||10/3 with Betfair|
Paris Saint-Germain and Benfica are currently locked level on points in Group H of the Champions League, with Juventus breathing down their collective necks. The two midweek opponents sit on seven points apiece at the halfway stage, but The Old Lady are only four points adrift. It’s all to play for still.
It was a tense battle in Lisbon last time out, with Lionel Messi breaking the deadlock in quite classic Lionel Messi style. After some intricate build-up play that bypassed the Benfica midfield with liquid ease, the Argentine genius let loose from distance to send the travelling Parisians into raptures.
Benfica, though, have proven a tough cookie to crack under Roger Schmidt, and The Eagles showcased their resilience in their eyrie, restoring parity through a Danilo Pereira own goal on the stroke of half time. The 1-1 deadlock remained unchanged in the second half, teeing this return fixture nicely.
PSG v Benfica: Match Stats
Kylian Mbappe will be baying for blood here. The French sensation has scored 30 goals in 47 appearances for the Parisians in the Champions League, and if he bags against Benfica on Tuesday night, then he will surpass Edinson Cavani (30) as PSG’s top scorer in the European Cup/Champions League. It’s the kind of milestone that has seemed inevitable for a while, and could finally be realised this impending match.
Lionel Messi, despite grabbing the headlines with a scintillating strike in Lisbon, could be the one providing for Mbappe this time. The Argentine immortal has created eight chances for PSG in the Champions League this season, with five of those setting up Mbappe. In fact, only Napoli’s Piotr Zielinski has created more chances for a teammate in the competition (six for Khvicha Kvaratskhelia).
As for Benfica, their midfield composition of Florentino Luis and Enzo Fernandez could prove the catalyst in a midweek upset in the French capital. The duo have combined expertly in tandem to bring a new dimension to Benfica’s midfield, forming one of the most complete double pivots in the competition this season.
Florentino rose to meteoric prominence during his formative years and was tipped to reach the very pinnacle of the sport; but only now is he starting to realise that once burgeoning potential at the age of 23. Fernandez by contrast has been on a consistent upward trajectory since bursting onto the River Plate scene in 2019.
The summer signing has been the fulcrum for Schmidt’s blistering start in the Lisbon hotseat, and his early metrics are telling. Incredibly, Fernandez has registered more passes than any other player in Europe’s top seven leagues this season (at least 180 minutes), averaging an eye-watering 111 per 90 minutes, while also maintaining an 89.8% success rate.
What’s more, only Toni Kroos (22) is averaging more final third entries per 90 minutes among midfielders in Europe’s top five leagues this term than Fernandez (17). The recently-capped Argentina international is showcasing a forward-thinking, head-up game that is taking Benfica’s midfield to a new level, and Florentino’s enterprise and endeavour alongside him is facilitating that progression.
PSG v Benfica: Team news
Messi was kept on ice over the weekend against Reims and has been ruled out of this week’s match, after picking up a knock late on in Lisbon having scored.
Sergio Ramos was sent off in that draw to Reims but his domestic suspension won’t affect the European circuit, so the Spaniard will likely retain his starting berth. Renato Sanches and Presnel Kimpembe, though, remain sidelined.
Lucas Verissimo and Felipe Morato are Benfica’s only two major injury concerns.
PSG v Benfica: Squawka Says
Scoreline prediction: PSG 2-1 Benfica
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