Benfica vs Basel Prediction, Betting Tips and Preview
Another interesting match awaits the football fans as Benfica will host Basel at the Estádio da Luz this Tuesday. For Benfica, this match doesn’t hold much value as they have secured the last spot in the group while it means the world to Basel, as they need a win here in order to keep the number two slot which takes them to the playoffs.
Benfica are having one of their worst UEFA Champions League group campaigns. They have lost all of the games so far and are sitting at the last spot in their group. They have managed to score just one goal while conceding twelve. Before this season, 19 clubs had lost all six games in a UEFA Champions League group stage. Benfica would become the first Portuguese side to do that if they lose this match. The fact that they’ve won just one of their last nine European matches doesn’t work in their favor. In the last round, they lost to CSKA Moscow by the score of 2-0. Schennikov scored one for CSKA while the second goal was an own goal by Jardel.
Basel are placed second in Group D with three wins and two losses. In the previous round, they managed to beat Manchester United. The final score was 1-0 and it was Lang who scored the only goal, followed by an assist from Petretta. This is their eighth group stage campaign and their fourth in five years. Their motivation for this match is high as they have the same number of points as CSKA Moscow and a loss would be something that they can’t afford.
The two sides have played three matches in their past. Basel have won the most recent one, and before that, in 2011 they drew one and Benfica were victorious in the other.
Benfica have two missing players for the match against Basel. Filipe Augusto and Rúben Dias are injured and they can't play on this match. All other players are available for the match and they are highly motivated to win all three points.
On the other side Basel have more missing players for the match. Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Germano Vailati and Omar Gaber are injured and they will not play on Tuesday. Pedro Pacheco, Geoffroy Serey Dié and Kevin Bua are not fully fit and they are doubtful for the match. All other players are available for the match.
Possible starting lineups
Benfica: Varela; Grimaldo, Jardel, Luisao, Almeida; Samaris, Fejsa, Pizzi; Goncalves, Jonas, Salvio
Basel: Vaclik; Akanji, Suchy, Balanta; Lang, Xhaka, Zuffi, Petretta; Steffen, Ajeti, Oberlin
Benfica vs Basel Prediction
What a great football game and one of the most interesting games on Tuesday night. Benfica play at home against Basel who stay second in the Group A with level on points with third placed CSKA. Benfica are without a point in their Champions League campaign, but they will play aggressive football from the first minute. All players are eager to take revenge for the debacle in Switzerland and will play offensive from the first minute. On the other side this game is very important and they will play very cautious. Before this game they have a position for the knockout phase, and if Manchester will beat CSKA they will qualify. But one point in Portugal will be their objective and they will play aggressive from the first minute. It will be a true football fight for the points and we believe Benfica are closer to win all three points here.
Our prediction and betting tips for the match Benfica vs Basel Prediction: Benfica to win. We expect from both teams to score, but expect from the hosts to score a goal more. Maybe correct score will be 2-1. Have a nice betting day and good luck in earning money with our football prediction and betting tips.