When Benfica and Paris Saint-Germain square off on Wednesday in Group H action at the Estadio da Luz, both teams will be looking to maintain their undefeated starts to the 2022–23 Champions League.
Both teams have six points after their first two games, but in this week’s top-of-the-table matchup in Lisbon, something needs to give.
Benfica created more waves in Europe with a 2-1 victory at Juventus’ headquarters in Turin after beginning their European campaign with a victory over Maccabi Haifa by the score of 2-0.
Despite having to fight their way past Midtjylland and Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League qualifying round, Schmidt’s team is positioned second in the group, one goal behind group leaders and future rivals PSG. Benfica has adapted to the group stage like a duck to water.
PSG was given a fright against Maccabi Haifa in their most recent Champions League match, but finally prevailed 3-1, and they continue to sit comfortably atop the Group H rankings. PSG is also holding off closest rival Marseille in the Ligue 1 title race.
PSG, like Benfica, has gone the entirety of the 2022–23 season unbeaten, winning each of their past seven games across all competitions. However, the capital club hasn’t maintained a clean sheet away from home in Europe’s top league since October 2020.
Since their 2013–14 Champions League group stage encounter, when PSG defeated Benfica 3-0 at home before losing 2-1 away, the two clubs have not faced off in a competitive match.