CSKA vs Benfica Prediction, Betting Tips and Preview
This Wednesday CKSA Moscow will host Benfica at the VEB Arena. This match could determine who takes the number two spot in Group A, as Manchester United have already secured the number one spot.
CSKA Moscow are back on their winning ways. After winning the first game of their UEFA Champions League group campaign they went on to lose the next one before finally winning again in the last match. They won against Basel by the score of 1-2. Zuffi of Basel scored the only goal of the first half. In the second Dzagoev and Wernbloom managed to score one goal each and put their team upfront, thus setting the final score. The Russians have six points, the same amount as Basel and a win here is crucial for them in order to progress to the playoffs stage. The Russian club's overall record against teams from the Portuguese Liga is four wins, three draws, and five losses.
Benfica are having a terrible group stage score this year. 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 ten. Things are not working on both ends of the field and they don’t look like changing anytime soon. In matchday two they also suffered their biggest Champions League defeat when they lost 5-0 to Basel. Five successive European defeats equal the worst sequence by a Portuguese team set by FC Paços de Ferreira between 2009 and 2013. Benfica have won only three of their last 15 away fixtures in Europe, losing eight.
These two teams have faced each other three times in their history. The first two matches were back in 2005 and the last one was a couple of weeks ago. Out of those three matches, CSKA Moscow have won two and one ended in a draw. It is worth noting that in two of those three we saw both teams score.
CSKA don't have big injury concerns before the match against Benfica. Aleksei Berezutski and Mario Fernandes are not fully fit and they are doubtful for the match. All other players are fully fit and ready to play and all of them are eager to win all three points here.
On the other side Benfica don't have missing players for this game. All players are available for the match and they will play aggressive football from the first minute.
Possible starting lineups
CSKA: Akinfeev; Berezutski, Berezutski, Vasin; Schenikov, Natkho, Dzagoev, Fernandes; Golovin; Vitinho, Wernbloom
Benfica: Svilar; Almeida, Luisao, Dias, Grimaldo; Cervi; Salvio, Pizzi, Zivkovic; Seferovic, Jonas
CSKA vs Benfica Prediction
This game is going to be one interesting and exciting football match with lots of scoring chances on the both sides. Both teams are eager to win some points here and it will be a dynamic and open game. CSKA Moscow are level on points with Basel and this is important game for them. They will play offensive football from the first minute and their main objective for the match will be to score a goal more. On the other side Benfica are last placed team without points and they have lost all games in this Champions League season. They have scored only one goal in four CL games, in the opening game against CSKA. A match in Portugal was finished with win 2-1 for the visitors. So, CSKA will play aggressive and it is important match for them, while on the other side Benfica want to take a revenge. It will be a true football battle in Moscow.
However our prediction and betting tips for the match CSKA vs Benfica Prediction: Both teams to score. We expect from the both teams to score, but expect from the hosts to win. Our second betting pick for this game is CSKA to win and Both to score. 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.