Match start: 20:45 (GMT+1)
One of the main disappointments of the group Champions League tournament that is going to finish very soon became the terrible game of the most honorable football club of Portugal. During the last matches Benfica had lost twice to Manchester United and CSKA and one time to Basel with the total score 1:12.
It is quite clear that now during their last match the hosts of Estádio da Luz are dreaming of shutting the door with a bang by gaining a victory over Basel. This victory will help Benfica to make up for terrible failure during the group stage.
Benfica Portugal (the head coach Rui Vitória)
The defending champion of Portugal has demonstrated poor results also in frames of its national championship. According to the results of 13 th rounds the Eagles from Lisbon are taking only the 3rd position (30 points) being behind the tandem of leaders (Porto and Sporting) with 3 points. But we should say that the team of Rui Vitória had managed to earn one point (0:1) during the away match against Porto contrary to the opinion of all experts.
Basel Switzerland (the head coach Raphaël Wicky)
The champion of Switzerland came to Lisbon as a bright favorite. Basel will be pleased enough with a goalless draw in order to leave the group from the second place and get into the first round of play-off.
Let us remind you that Basel and CSKA have 9 points and under the final equality of points the team of Raphaël Wicky will get the advantage over the vice-champion of Russia according to the results of personal meetings (2:0 and 1:2).
So, what team is the favorite of this very important and decisive meeting in Lisbon? According to the bookmakers this is the champion of Switzerland. Officially, the hosts of Estádio da Luz don’t need anything else except the quite understandable desire to please their loyal fans. And that is why the team of Rui Vitória will fight for victory.
Benfica – 2.85, draw – 3.40, Basel –2.40;
Basel (Asian Handicap 0) - odds 1.79 Pinnacle