Juventus will play host to Benfica in a crucial match as Matchday 2 in the Champions League continues on Wednesday. Here we have Juventus vs Benfica, kick-off time, team news, lineup, head-to-head, and prediction.
- Competition: UEFA Champions League 22/23
- Round: Group H, Matchday 2 of 6
- Date: Wednesday, 14 Sept.
- Kick-off Time: 7:00 pm GMT
- Venue: Allianz Stadium, Turin
The Italian giants Juventus began their European campaign with a defeat against PSG last week. Kylian Mbappe scored a brace as the Bianconeri lost the away fixture by 2-1 goals.
In Serie A, Juventus was forced to share a point with Salernitana as the VAR wrongly chalked off their winning goal in a 2-2 draw. However, they are still unbeaten in league with four draws and a couple of wins in six games.
It would be a crucial home game for the Italian side against an in-form Benfica. The Portuguese powerhouse has won all six of its matches in Liga Portugal.
Moreover, they are coming off a perfect start to their European campaign with a 2-0 home win over Maccabi Haifa.
It would be an eye-catching matchup when Benfica try to keep their perfect record against Juventus, who are hungry for a win.
Juventus vs Benfica Team News and Lineup
Allegri has to deal with a long list of injured players. Federico Chiesa, Szczęsny, Adrien Rabiot, Alex Sandro, Manuel Locatelli, and Paul Pogba all are ruled out.
However, Di Maria had made a recovery from injury, as confirmed by Allegri. It could be too early for him to start against Benfica.
Probable Lineup (4-3-3): Perin; Danilo, Bonucci, Bremer, De Sciglio; Miretti, Paredes, McKennie; Cuadrado, Vlahovic, Kostic
Benfica will miss Lucas Verissimo, Joao Victor, and Morato due to injury.
Probable Lineup (4-2-3-1): Vlachodimos; Gilberto, Otamendi, A. Silva, Grimaldo; Fernandez, Luis; Draxler, R. Silva, Mario; Ramos
- Juventus: 0 wins
- Benfica: 2 wins
- Draws: 0
Juventus and Benfica went head-to-head in the 1967-1968 Champions League semi-finals. Benfica won both legs by 2-0 and 0-1 goals.
Juventus vs Benfica Prediction
After losing 2-1 away to PSG in their Champions League opener, Juventus will host Benfica. It means it will be a must-win contest for the Italian side before they visit Benfica.
After drawing a controversial 2-2 against Salernitana in Serie A, Juventus will be hungry for wins. However, it would be a tricky contest against Benfica, who are keeping a perfect record this season.
Similarly, Benfica will be vying for points out of this game as they will face PSG in their next two fixtures. All the ingredients are in Turin for an exciting game. We predict Juventus will claim a narrow victory. Juventus 2-1 Benfica.