Prediction for Benfica – CSKA Moscow
Benfica to win @ 1.70
Match for the first day of the Champions League between Benfica and CSKA Moscow to be held at Estadio da Luz.
Benfica has been able to reinvent itself after a multimillion-dollar sales and re-assemble a winning block. Despite the outings of key players such as Mitroglou, Semedo, Ederson and Nilsson-Lindehof, new players have joined the first team (from the lower categories, signing or assuming a more important role) such as the Zivkovic, Seferovic … Lisbon set does not lose just level with the change. The team has started very well in Portuguese league, adding soon, as it has won all matches except the complex visit to the field of River Ave.
At home “the eagles” have been intractable overcoming a real test of fire before a great team like Braga. In addition, in their stadium they are a solidísimo team where they do not lose from December of 2016 before the Naples.
For its part, CSKA is a team with more past than present. The Russian team consists almost entirely of Russian players, some of them already very veteran like the Berezutski or Ignasevich (fundamental pieces of this equipment in spite of surpassing the 35 years). The team in general seems quite ordinary with the exception of their outstanding star Dzagoev, the only player who seems to me much above the level of the Russian league. On the other hand, one of his theoretical stars, the goal Akinfeev, is a real danger under sticks, with sonorous sung in Champions.
Outside the league, the level is very low and especially outside the home. For example, last year they only achieved one point away from home in the top continental competition. In addition, for this party will have a long journey to Lisbon, the last end of the continent for Russian groups.
I think it’s a quota that still has some value left and that will eventually come down. I see a much better team to the Portuguese and even more in Lisbon, seeing the Russian performance away from home and the long journey to face.
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