It has been a stage of two halves for both teams ahead of the match, with the Catalans holding the edge in terms of recent form. Consecutive 1-0 wins over Dynamo Kiev have put them second in the group, with Xavi also beating Espanyol by a single goal in his first game in the dugout on the weekend.
Meanwhile, Benfica have slumped after taking four points without conceding from their opening two games. That included a 3-0 thumping of Barcelona in September before getting pumped twice by Bayern Munich, in which they let in nine goals.
But emphatic wins over Braga and Pacos de Ferreira have got the Portuguese side back up and running as they look to remind Barcelona that a change of coach may not be the immediate answer to all of their problems.
Date, kick-off time and venue
Barcelona vs Benfica is scheduled for an 8pm GMT kick-off tonight - Tuesday, November 23, 2021. The Camp Nou will host the match.
Where to watch Barcelona vs Benfica
TV channel: Tonight’s match will be televised on BT Sport ESPN, with coverage beginning at 7.45pm.
Live stream: BT Sport subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the website or BT Sport app.
Barcelona vs Benfica team news
Barcelona XI: Ter Stegen; Araujo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba; Nico, Busquets, F. De Jong; Demir, Depay, Gavi.
Subs: Neto, Dest, Puiq, Dembele, L. De Jong, Coutinho, Umtiti, Mingueza, Garcia, Pena, Balde.
Benfica XI: Vlachodimos; Gilberto, Otamendi, Vertonghen, Grimaldo; Weigl, Joao Mario; Almeida, Rafa Silva, Everton; Yaremchuk.
Subs: Svilar, Helton Leite, Valentino, Ferro, Morato, Meïte, Gedson, Taarabt, Pizzi, Darwin, Seferovic, Gonçalo Ramos.
Barcelona vs Benfica prediction
Benfica have shown in their trouncings at the hands of Bayern Munich that they are unlikely to be a dark horse in this year’s competition, and are perhaps best suited to the Europa League.
Barcelona, meanwhile, are certainly not over their issues but can take confidence from a win in Xavi’s debut and should have enough - with the Camp Nou behind them - to grab the three points that will guarantee their place in the last-16.
Barcelona to win, 2-1.
Head to head (h2h) history and results
Benfica have never won at the Camp Nou but did down the Blaugrana in the 1961 final.
Barcelona wins: 3
Benfica wins: 2