On Wednesday night, Barcelona and Benfica will face off in a Group E showdown that Champions League fans can’t wait for.
The pressure is officially on for FC Barcelona. Now that Lionel Messi is gone and suiting up for Paris Saint-Germain, fans still expect the club to be competitive in the Champions League. That wasn’t the case in their first match, as they suffered a 3-0 loss to Bayern Munich.
On Wednesday, the Catalonian giants will have the chance to bounce back, as they’ll take on Benfica. Will Barcelona rise to the occasion or suffer yet another disappointing loss?
How to live stream Benfica vs. Barcelona
When is kick off? Wednesday, Sept. 29 at 3 p.m. ET
Where is the match being played? Estadio Da Luz
What TV channel is the match on? Paramount+, while live streams can be found via the soccer subreddit community.
Benfica team news
The host team opened its Champions League campaign with a draw going up against Dynamo Kyiv two weeks ago. That contest was on the road. Now, they’ll bring in Barcelona and try and hand the La Liga side another loss.
Barcelona team news
The Champions League really couldn’t have started much worse for Barcelona. They had a chance to let folks know that just because Messi is gone, that doesn’t mean they can’t make noise in the tournament. The 3-0 loss to Bayern Munich told us otherwise. They need to win against Benfica in this one.
Barcelona vs. Benfica prediction
Another defeat for Barcelona will be completely unacceptable here for the club. This is one of the more storied teams in European soccer. Their current slide has the supporters furious with their current form. Will they answer the call? We think they will.
Prediction: Barcelona 2-1 Benfica