Champions league match : Benfica – Spartak Moscow Preview,Live stream-watch live,Betting prediction,Lineups
Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica (da Luz) — Lisboa
Referee: F. Meyer
November 7, 2012 2:45 PM EST
Although these two teams after three rounds are on the last two places in the group G, we still believe that one of them will eventually jump over the Scottish champions Celtic on the table, and so along with Barcelona reach the placement in the knockout phase of the Champions League.
In fact, before this match backlog Benfica lags three and Spartak one point, so it’s all still open, especially in the case it the Portuguese club on Wednesday night celebrate at home, and Celtic suffers a second consecutive defeat from Barcelona.
Otherwise, it should be added that the first duel between Benfica and Spartak has finished with victory of he Russian players 2:1.
But in this match, the Portuguese vice-champions showed that the Russians are not better team, so that now at home in the true sense of the word they will seek revenge for defeat 15 days ago.
Of course they have the quality for that,and that is perhaps the best showed in the national championship, where they still hold a connection with their biggest rival Porto Fc, who also has 20 points from eight league rounds, but a slightly better goal difference and therefore currently they holds the first place.
Benfica has so far recorded an away draw with Celtic and the defeat at home from Barcelona,so in the club they are hoping to achieve all three points from this match with Spartak and therefore,they have announced something offensive formation than in the first three rounds.
In defense the coach Jesus still can not count on the suspended Luisao and injured Melgarejo.
Benfica probable lineup : Artur Moraes – Pereira, Jardel, Garay, Luisinho – Matić – Perez, Salvio, Gaitan – Lima, Cardozo
What is really characteristic for the Russian club,is that their form is very variable.The start of the season they opened superbly,three straight victories in the national league,elimination of Fenerbache and the placement in the Champions league.After that,a bad period,defeat from Barcelona although they had a lead of 2-1.
Than two victories in the national league,and blunder at home from Celtic 2-3 in the Champions league,which followed and two defeats from CSKA and Zenit.But once again they raise the form and celebrate over Benfica,enrolled another two victories in the Russian league,but also and defeat from second league club Rostov in the Cup.
Of course that this variable is not a promising for their coach Emery in front of a very hard match in Lisbon, and certainly the fact that due to the injuries he can not count on midfielder McGeadyja and Romulus, stopper Parshivlyuk and striker Welliton.
Spartak Moscow probable lineup : Rebrov – Makeev, Insaurralde, Pareja, D. Kombarov – Rafael Carioca, Kallstrom – Jurado, Ananidze, Bilyaletdinov – Ari
Match Prediction : Given the current state on the table , Benfica players do not have too many choices in this game, because only a win still leaves them in the game to qualify to the next round, so we expect that with the help of their fans they will finally get to these three very important point.
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