Benfica v Besiktas: Hosts are deserving favourites but set to concede

Benfica have conceded in each of their last three Portuguese league games
Benfica have conceded in each of their last three Portuguese league games
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Michael Lintorn fancies Benfica to be breached at least once by Besiktas, despite expecting them to earn three points...


"Benfica reached the knockout rounds in 2015/16, but they kept a single clean sheet while doing so, giving up eight goals in the other five matches."

Back both teams to score @ 2.01/1

Benfica 1.774/5 v Besiktas 5.49/2; The Draw 3.9
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Both Portugal and Turkey's reigning champions find themselves two points behind neighbours in the early stages of the new campaign, with Sporting and Istanbul Basaksehir in the ascendancy.

They have far less in common when it comes to this competition though. Whereas Besiktas haven't contested a Champions League group-stage fixture since 2009, Benfica haven't sat out a single season since that one.

That familiarity is one of several reasons to judge them worthy favourites at 1.774/5. The Portuguese capital club won three of their five home games in last term's edition, only failing to beat Atletico Madrid (1-2) and Bayern Munich (2-2). They have also prevailed in five of their six prior clashes with Turkish opposition in Lisbon.


Both Teams to Score

Benfica reached the knockout rounds in 2015/16, but they kept a single clean sheet while doing so, giving up eight goals in the other five matches, highlighting the 2.01/1 on both teams to score as an appealing wager.

Besiktas had the opposite experience, proving incapable of clearing a far simpler Europa League group, yet finding the net in all six of their encounters.

That process even took in a trip to Lisbon, where they were turned over 3-1 by Sporting. A 2-1 reverse is perhaps more likely against the city's other superpower at 9.08/1, as four of Benfica's group ties ended that way last year - twice in their favour and twice against.


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Back both teams to score @ 2.01/1


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