Lech Poznań and Benfica meet at INEA stadion, in a match for this stage of the UEFA Europa League (Group Stage). This will be the first direct confrontation between these two teams, as they have never met before.
Lech Poznań :
The home team reaches this group stage after having eliminated Sporting Charleroi, with an away win by (1‑2). In their last match, for Ekstraklasa, they lost to Jagiellonia Białystok by (2‑1). In their last 10 home matches Lech Poznań has recorded 6 wins, 3 draws and 1 loss.
For this competition, he records a sequence of 4 wins in his last matches. Their defense has been very solid, since they have only conceded goals in 1 of the last 4 matches, and their offense has scored regularly, as they have scored at least one goal in each of the last 4 matches for this competition. The team does not usually have problems opening the scoring: they scored the first goal in 9 of the last 11 games, of these 9 they came at half-time in advantage in 6 and managed to maintain the advantage until the end of the 90 ‘in 7. In the last 4 home matches for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: they scored 3 of their 6 goals between minutes (76’ ‑ 90 ‘).
Lech Poznań’s team comes to this match after a 2×1 defeat in the visit to Jagiellonia, for the Polish championship: the team’s only goal was scored by Jakub Moder. It should be noted that the Poles reach this group stage of the Europa League after eliminating Sporting Charleroi in the play-offs. In this match against Benfica, coach Dariusz Zuraw must act 4-3-3, favoring defensive organization and quick transitions. The great quality of the home team is in the dangerous situations that it manages to create through counterattacks: Jakub Kaminski is very fast and strong in transporting the ball for attack. All players are available for this game.
The visiting team had direct access to this group stage, which is why they will play their first match in this edition of the competition. In their last match, for the Primeira Liga, they beat Rio Ave away by (0‑3). In their last 10 away matches Benfica has recorded 5 wins, 3 draws and 2 losses. His attack has scored regularly, having scored at least one goal in each of the last 10 games. In their home matches there is a tendency for goals, since 21 of the last 24 matches have ended with Over 1,5 goals. In the last 20 away matches for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: they have conceded 8 of their 22 goals between minutes (76’ ‑ 90 ‘).
Benfica comes to this match after a victory, by 0x3, in the visit to the Rio Ave stadium, thus registering the fourth consecutive victory in official matches: the red team’s goals were scored by Luca Waldschmidt (2) and Gabriel. The last defeat of this team was in the third previous round of the Champions League, against PAOK, falling for the group stage of the Europa League. In general, coach Jorge Jesús usually acts in a tactical system in 4-4-2, in which the organizer of the team is the midfielder Pizzi. Benfica’s greatest valence is counterattacks, as they have fast and strong players in hand-to-hand: Rafa Silva and Darwin Núñez are very fast and competent when it comes to scoring. The visiting coach cannot count on André Almeida, Adel Taarabt, Andreas Samaris and Mile Svilar, all with physical problems.