Benfica vs. Olympiakos Preview: Benfica Unrattled By Striker’s Whim To Leave

Updated: October 18, 2013

Match Date: 23 October 2013 (local time)

Venue: Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica


Despite news of Nemanja Matic’s exit, Jorge Jesus diverts more of  his attention to beating Olympiakos in the Champions League—who knows, the great victory might persuade Matic to stay.


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Winning and scoring are the only options that Benfica has to topple Olympiakos and move to the 2nd spot of their group as well as advance into the next stage of the Champions League.


Although Benfica has a record of outlasting Olympiakos in their previous encounters, Jorge Jesus cannot afford to be overconfident. Both clubs are currently tied with 3 points each, having won in their last 2 matches. However, the Greeks ranked better than the Portuguese as the former has a better goal difference.


Obviously, Benfica’s massive loss to Paris Saint Germain explains why they have to struggle in the goal difference.


Technically speaking Benfica has the homecourt advantage and they can fully capitalize on this during their encounter. Should they win, this will be their  8th home victory against their Greek rivals.


However, if there is one thing that might worry Jorge Jesus, this is the impending transfer of Nemanja Matic. Matic has fully expressed his intention to move into the Premier League. So far, the effect of Matic’s statement remains unfelt. However, definitely, this is a one big blow to the club’s morale.



The Greek club outfit , Olympiakos will fight tooth and nail to end its unfortunate spells with Portuguese rivals, S.L Benfica. As mentioned, the latter outnumbers them when it comes to the number of victories clinched in all of their encounters.


Olympiakos fares better in the group ranking against Benfica—there is no doubt about that. The beating of Andrelecht, plus a hat-trick from striker Kostas Mitroglou gave them a better goal difference. But then again, the club will be facing Benfica in their opponent’s territory where they play the strongest. Olympiakos will need tons of creativity and intense defense put an end to Benfica’s dominance.



Football betting tip: Benfica 2-1 Olympiakos


Going through the next phase is a heavier concern for Jesus than thinking about Matic’s exit. The club still has several months to tackle this issue, but what they really need to prioritize as of the moment is the club’s victory.
Expect a nail biting match, with Benfica bringing home their 2nd victory.





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