Benfica take on the visitors CSKA Moscow at “Estadio da Luz” in the round of the UEFA Champions League Group stage. The game will be played in Lisbon on Tuesday, September 12th.
Benfica are the reigning champion of the Portuguese Primeira Liga and they are affirming their status in the new season as well. The Portuguese conducted six clashes in this season resulting in five victories and a draw, having beaten Guimaraes 3:1 in the battle for the country’s Super Cup. At the moment “Aguias” sit on the third position in the elite division table with 13 points earned and 12-3 goal difference. Benfica have not been broken in face of their supporters since the 6th of December 2017 across 21 encounters in a row covering 18 wins and three draws. The overall undefeated streak of “Aguias” counts for 18 games and has been lasting since the 13th of March.
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CSKA Moscow show much more moderate results as before their start on the UEFA Champions League Group stage “Armeitsy” managed to beat Amkar only with 1:0 scoreline. Nevertheless, the side settles just on the fourth place in the Russian Premier League standings with 16 points taken and 12-9 goal difference after nine gameweeks. The Muscovites promoted to the Group stage through the Qualification tournament, having knocked out AEK Athens FC 2:0, 1:0 and Young Boys 1:0, 2:0 meaning that the team has not conceded a single goal in the current Eurocups’ season. It should be noted that “Armeitsy” have not been broken at away turfs since the 7th of December 2016, having got nine triumphs and two draws in 11 clashes played.
The Portuguese will play in front of their fans, they have stronger squad comparing to the Russian visitors, and consequently, “Aguias” must open their Eurocups’ season with a victory.
Prediction for the match: Benfica to win.