CSKA Moscow vs Benfica – UEFA Champions League: Benfica’s participation in the Champions League has been embarrassing considering the roster they have…
Unbelievably, they come into this match with 0 points, but they still have chances to advance. To do that, they must win the 2 remaining matches, score a lot of goals and hope for a little help from José Mourinho.
It is with this state of mind that they come into this match in Russia, against a CSKA that has looked to be one of the weakest teams in the competition on the 1st round match at Estádio da Luz, but the truth is they already have 6 points.
CSKA surprised Benfica at Estádio da Luz with a comeback on the score line after being 1-0 down. The truth is that the Russians didn’t show much beyond those 2 goals.
On the next match they lost at home against United and then more surprises, losing at home with Basel but then winning in Switzerland.
This is, therefore, a team of ups & downs who counters the statistics. Since they go into this match as favourites, it is likely that Benfica will win.
As I have said before, CSKA has looked very weak on the first round at Estádio da Luz and very depending of their Brazilian Vitinho.
They are a very old team in defence without many ideas on the creation process. They are a team that has conceded goals in every match on the Champions League and they have also conceded 14 goals in 17 matches on the fragile Russian league.
As for Benfica, they will play an all-or-nothing match here for the Champions League and even for the Europa League. The Eagles should go into this match with everything they have to get the 3 points and keep their dream alive.
Benfica has really improved on their last matches, duo the change to a 4x3x3 and the gamble on Krovinovic, he that will not be available to play in the Champions League since he wasn’t registered.
Still, Benfica’s roster is very superior to CSKA’s and they have rested some of their main players on the Taça de Portugal match.
For this match, Svilar should return to the starting line-up, as well as André Almeida on the right. Fejsa is still doubtful but he should also start.
CSKA Moscow vs Benfica – Betting Tip and Prediction:
I think that Benfica has conditions to win in Russia. The main obstacle will really be the cold but in terms of roster quality, there is no comparison possible.
Benfica just need to play what they should, and they should leave Russia with the 3 points. In any way, there is also a lot of value on the double chance Benfica or draw, so that should also be a bet to consider.
One thing is certain, considering Benfica’s individual skill in attack and the fragile Russian defence, Benfica should score, at least, one goal.
|Benfica AH +0,5||