Barcelona, with a new coach Xavi, has already achieved its 1st victory. This happened against in the Catalunia derby against Espanyol with the minimum 1:0, result but the team added a valuable 3 points to its assets. Benfica also recorded a victory, but with result 5:1 against Braga in its last match. In this match, the fight will be for the 2nd place, as the first Bayern Munich is far behind the others and with 12 points can expect the next phase of the championship.
Barcelona expects to improve their performance after the change of coach. Messi’s absence is felt, but the Catalans have a great school and many reserves, among which to outline the new leaders of the team. In the championship things are not as they want, the team is in 6th place, 10 points behind the leader Real Madrid, but Xavi is expected to be able to cope with the selection and improve the game of Barça.
Benfica is preparing to win again. they have already done it in September this year, namely against Barcelona and with 3: 0 at home. The favorite then was the Catalan team, but the Portuguese were unquestionable. Now the fight is for the 2nd place and although Benfica has 4 points, if it wins it will replace Barça and will have a chance to continue ahead in the tournament.
I expect to have goals in this match and I will prefer a betting position over 2.5 goals in the match. According to the bookmakers, Barça is the favorite with an average odd1.60, and for over 2.5 goals, you can find an average 1.65 for the regular time.
Prediction – over 2.5 goals- 1.65