Olympique Lyonnais stunned the soccer world at the start of the new century when they dominated France’s Ligue 1 in a manner that was a sight to behold. Lyon won seven consecutive Ligue 1 championships while putting the famed Paris Saint Germain on notice that they would have a legitimate rival.
Only Juventus and their seven straight Serie A championships can compare. Beyond that Lyon has qualified for the 2018-19 UEFA Champions League. Lyon will be going up against Benfica, the most successful team in Portugal history, on Wednesday afternoon in Portugal.
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2018 International Champions Cup Benfica vs. Lion
Date and Time: Wednesday, August 1, 2018, 3 p.m. ET
Location: Estadio Algarve, Faro Louie
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Estadio Algarve was opened in 2004 and has a seating capacity of 30,305. It has hosted matches for the 2004 Euro as well as for the national football teams of Portugal and Gibraltar.
Benfica Shoots Out Borussia Dortmund
Benfica opened International Champions Cup play in successful fashion with a shootout win against Borussia Dortmund in an entertaining match that ended in a 2-2 draw. Benfica won the penalty round 4-3 after rallying from a 0-2 deficit with second half goals by Andre Almeida (51 minutes) and Alfa Semedo (69 minutes). Each club had three shots on goal with Benfica holding a slight disadvantage with a 48% ball possession rate.
Penalties Giveth and Taketh for Benfica
In their second match Benfica was the team that was victim of a late comeback and penalty session by a determined opponent as Juventus got the match tying goal at the 84-minute mark and then went on to win the shootout 4-2. The two squads had an equal 50% ball possession rate but Juventus created the better chances with a 5-2 advantage in shots on goal.
What to Know, Watch and Expect from Lyon
Lyon is a team loaded with young talent that will likely be together for years to come. And this fits perfectly with the International Champions Cup in which youngsters are often given a lot of playing time. Manager Bruno Genesio took over the club in 2015 and his thrilled fans and punters with a lively and entertaining style of play. In the most recently completed season Lyon scored 87 goals which was the seventh most across the top five European leagues.
Genesio has a team that is always looking for the counter attack and they are dangerous in doing so. Lyon will be aggressively looking for the counter at any time they can pounce. After all it is what they do. This is a team used to winning big at everything that they do as evidenced by their five Coupe de France championships to go with the aforementioned seven Ligue 1 triumphs.
What to Know, Watch and Expect from Benfica
When you play in the International Champions Cup it is understood by fans and punters that you are the best of the best. And that is certainly the case with Benfica, the 36-time champion of Portugal’s Primeira Liga. They were the highest scoring team of the most recent completed campaign. Unlike other ICC teams Benfica has had its star player in the lineup. Jonas led the team again in scoring with 37 goals in 41 matches. At the age of 34 Jonas is still going strong and plays for a team that is built around him. Jonas has totaled 121 goals in 150 apps for Benfica in 2014.
Benfica vs. Lyon Free Picks
Benfica has a definite advantage here in that they are playing a virtual home match and have Jonas in the lineup.
Benfica vs. Lyon Pick: Bet the money line on Benfica
Benfica vs. Lyon Score Prediction: Benfica 2, Lyon 1
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