Benfica vs CSKA Moscow Preview

Benfica vs CSKA Moscow 

Competition – UEFA Champions League

Stadium – Estadio da Luz

Date: 12th September 2017

Kick-off time – 19:45 GMT

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Winning the Primera Liga last season helped Benfica get into the Champions League automatically and subsequently help them get a good draw in the competition.

Drawn together with Manchester United, CSKA Moscow and Basel, they have the chance to finish at least second in the group and they need to start off on a winning note.

Benfica were knocked out of the Champions League by Borussia Dortmund in the round of 16 last season.

However, they remain one of the top European sides and have a genuine chance of making it to the knockout stage again this season.

They lost some key players in the summer yet they have won 4 of their last 5 games in addition to the Portuguese Super Cup so they are in good shape mentally ahead of this game.

CSKA Moscow have been involved very well in competitive action this season.

They have played 13 compeive games already, recording 10 victories and just 2 losses so far.

These games include 4 Champions League qualifying matches against AEK Athens and Young Boys.

Benfica are a tougher opponent than CSKA have faced this season and they will be made to labour more for any single point from this game.

While CSKA have scored in 7 of their last 10 Champions League games, Benfica have scored in each of their last 9.

Results of each team’s last 5 matches across all leagues and competitions

Benfica 

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
D Rio Ave 1-1 Benfica Aug 26, 2017 Portuguese Liga
W Benfica 5-0 Belenenses Aug 19, 2017 Portuguese Liga
W GD Chaves 0-1 Benfica Aug 14, 2017 Portuguese Liga
W Benfica 3-1 Braga Aug 9, 2017 Portuguese Liga
L RB Leipzig 2-0 Benfica Jul 30, 2017 Emirates Cup

CSKA Moscow

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
L CSKA Moscow 0-1 Terek Grozny Aug 27, 2017 Russian Premier League
W CSKA Moscow 2-0 Young Boys Aug 23, 2017 UEFA Champions League
D Ural Sverdlovsk Oblast 0-0 CSKA Moscow Aug 19, 2017 Russian Premier League
W Young Boys 0-1 CSKA Moscow Aug 15, 2017 UEFA Champions League
W CSKA Moscow 2-1 Spartak Moscow Aug 12, 2017 Russian Premier League

H2H

DATE COMPETITION
Benfica 1-1 CSKA Moscow Feb 24, 2005 UEFA Cup
CSKA Moscow 2-0 Benfica Feb 17, 2005 UEFA Cup

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