EUROPA: Champions League – group stage
Match start: 20:45 (GMT+2)
On the 12th of September, Tuesday in London, Manchester, Glasgow, Munich, Rome, Barcelona, Lisbon and Piraeus will start another Champions League tournament.
According to experts, the main favorites of the group are English Manchester United and Portuguese Benfica while the champion of Switzerland Basel and vice-champion of Russia CSKA are initially considered to be the underdogs of the quartet.
Benfica Portugal (the head coach Rui Vitória)
In the beginning of new season the hosts of Estádio da Luz had won four matches out of five and now are taking the second place with 13 points next to Sporting (15 points). The team of Rui Vitória is using classical scheme 4-4-2 with the following squad:
Varela – Almeida, Luizão, Jardel Lopez, Eliseu – Salvio (Živković), Pizzi, Augusto (Fejsa), Cervi – Jonas, Seferović.
The best forward – Brazilian forward Jonas (5 matches, 6 goals).
CSKA Moscow (the head coach Viktar Hancharenka)
Last Friday Benfica and CSKA had gained new victories in their national Leagues. But if the victory of Portuguese grandee over Portimonense was beautiful and elegant (2:1), it is hard to call the victory of CSKA over the weakest team in this season Amkar (0:1) even nice.
Alas. Once again we saw a lot of failures in technique, silly kicks, knotty passes, obvious simulation of Alan Dzagoev and many other factors that don’t inspire optimism before the visit to Estádio da Luz.
Bookmakers consider the team of Rui Vitória to be the bright favorite of the forthcoming battle. And here, bearing in mind absolutely different game level of the opponents it is hard to find any serious counterarguments.
And that is why, it is necessary to admit that the team of Viktar Hancharenka has no chances to gain positive result in the first away meeting against Portuguese grandee in Lisbon.
Benfica – 1.70, draw – 3.50, CSKA – 5.25;
to win - odds 1.68 5Dimes