UEFA Champions League Gameweek 5
Nov 23, 2021 KO: 20:00

Barcelona - SL Benfica

Camp Nou Barcelona
Referee: Sergey Karasev

Match preview

Any chance for Coutinho? How Barcelona could line up against Benfica

Barcelona head into a must-win clash with Benfica in the Champions League still with a string of injury issues.

Barcelona will bring a still heavily depleted squad into a Champions League crunch match against Benfica on Tuesday night.

Under new head coach Xavi, Barca know that a win will guarantee them a path into the knockout stages, but equally a loss will likely consign them to the Europa League.

Xavi earned a win in his first match in charge against Espanyol and will need to back it up, despite having a number of absentees in his new squad, with the issues almost exclusively in attack.

Sergio Aguero, Martin Braithwaite, Ansu Fati and Ousmane Dembele are all ruled out of the game, as is Pedri in midfield.

But Barca could welcome back Sergi Roberto at right-back, who has spent a month on the sidelines after suffering injury against Rayo Vallecano.

Gerard Pique should line up at centre-back alongside Ronald Araujo, with Jordi Alba assuming his usual place at left-back ahead of Marc-Andre ter Stegen in goal.

Sergio Busquets came off in the Espanyol game but is tipped to be fit to go again, with Gavi and Frenkie de Jong expected to complete the midfield trio.

For as long as the injury issues have been present in the Barca side, Philippe Coutinho has been consistently touted as having the chance to start, only to still be used off the bench.

But the Brazilian could take up a place on the left wing for this one, with Sergino Dest coming in on the right to flank Memphis Depay at centre forward.

Barcelona starting XI versus Benfica

Barcelona - Football tactics and formations

Match statistics

Barcelona
Statistics
SL Benfica
Games Played
20
20
 
Results
 
Wins
8
13
Draws
6
4
Losses
6
3
 
Goals Scoring
 
Goals Scored
27
43
Goals Per Game
1.35
2.15
More > 2.5 Goals
10
12
More > 3 Goals
4
8
Scored First in a Match
11
12
Scored Both Halves
4
6
Won More > 1 Goal
3
9
 
Other
 
Goals Conceded
26
21
Did Not Score
5
4
Both Teams Scored
10
10
Kept Clean Sheet
6
8
Won Without Conceding
5
6
Games Played
20
20
 
Possession
 
Touches
857
-
Possession
64
-
Passes
687
-
 
Attacking
 
Total Shots
12
13
Shots on Target
4.26
5.24
Goals out of Shots
0.11
0.19
Crosses
14
-
Offsides
2.22
2.86
Penalties
0.15
0.05
 
Defensive
 
Clean Sheets
0.30
0.40
Tackles Won
-
-
Clearances
10.00
-
Interceptions
8.00
-
Own Goals
0.00
0.05
Aerials Won
8.67
-
Total Shots Conceded
11
12
Shots on Target Conceded
3.74
4.35
Goals out of Shots Conceded
0.15
0.09
 
Discipline
 
Fouls
13
13
Yellow Cards
2.30
2.05
Red Cards
0.05
0.00

Injuries

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  2. Knee Injury image description
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  5. Tendon injury image description
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  7. Hamstring image description
  8. Ankle/Foot Injury image description
  9. Muscle Strain image description