CSKA Moscow and Benfica meet at Stadion na Tret’ey Peschanoy ulitse, in a match for this phase of the UEFA Champions League (Group Stage). In this match the home advantage may be decisive, since CSKA Moscow presents considerable differences in their results at home and as visitors.
CSKA Moscow :
After 2 wins and 2 losses, the home team is currently in the 3 rd position, with 6 points won. In the last match, they won by (1-2) away against Basel, after in the previous match, having lost by (0-2) at home with Basel. This is a team that usually gets better results in away matches than at home, since in the last 30 matches they register 9 wins, 4 draws and 2 losses in away matches, with 21 goals scored and 11 conceded; against 7 wins, 3 draws and 5 losses at their stadium, with 21 goals scored and 17 conceded. In their last match, for the Premier League, they got an away win against SKA-Energiya by (2-4). In their last 4 home matches for the UEFA Champions League CSKA Moscow has 2 wins and 2 losses. Their attack has scored regularly, since they have scored goals in 7 of the last 8 matches for this competition. In 8 matches played in this competition, they got the comeback in 2 of the 4 matches in which they suffered the first goal. There is 1 period that stands out in the last 6 home matches for all competitions: they have suffered 3 of their 6 goals between minutes (16′-30 ‘).
CSKA still dreams of a place to access the next phase, so it knows the importance of looking for good results in these next days. By acting indoors, the team must take the offensive initiative of the game and know that it has all the conditions to achieve a good result, because it has a much higher quality team than its adversary. On the last day, CSKA achieved a victory away from home against the Basel team by the score of 2×1, so it is motivated for this day. The technician must not have important absences, then, he will take to the field what he has of the best at his disposal.
After 4 defeats, the away team is currently in the 4th position, without having conquered any points. In the last match, they lost by (2-0) away against Manchester United, after in the previous match, having lost by (0-1) at home against Manchester United. This is a team that usually maintains its competitive level in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 6 wins, 4 draws and 5 losses in away matches; against 10 wins, 1 draw and 4 losses at their stadium. The team comes to this match after a home victory over Vitória Setúbal by (2-0). In the last 10 away matches for all competitions, Benfica won 4, drew 2 and lost 4.
In this competition, he has lost the last 4 matches he has played. The team has not been very strong defensively, since they have suffered goals in the last 4 matches, and their attack needs to improve, as they have not scored goals in 3 of the last 4 matches for this competition. In the last 4 home matches for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: they have scored 3 of their 6 goals between minutes (76’-90 ‘).
Benfica are not doing a good campaign in this group stage. Proof of this is that he is in the last position of his group. The team has been showing a weak soccer within the field and knows that practically no longer has the possibility of advancing to the next phase. In the last day was defeated, away from home, by the leader Manchester United, by the score of 2×0. On this day he has a tough duel ahead and knows that to guarantee at least a draw he will have to present excellent football on the field. The technician should take to the field what is best available.
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