CSKA Moscow – Benfica

CSKA Moscow hosts Benfica in a match from Group A of the UEFA Champions League.CSKA Moscow is currently third in this group with 6 points won so far. They have the same amount of points as the 2nd Basel, so the fight for qualifying for the next phase of the competition is far open. They have huge chances of going through, but they must keep winning points if they want to achieve this.Benfica, on the other hand, is one of the huge disappointment in the tournament this season. The Portuguese giants are one of the teams without a single point won in the Champions League in the current campaign. They have lost all of their four matches so far and they are in the last place in the group with 0 points. They lost their chances of qualifying for Europa League well. It’s a really sad campaign for Benfica and they’d probably want to forget it as soon as possible.But it’s still not over for Benfica. They are a club with a great history and you can be sure that they’d want to play for their own name until the end of the group stage. We expect to see them motivated to win some points because finishing with 0 points would be a huge humiliation for them.Of course, winning points in Moscow wouldn’t be easy, especially at this time of the year. It’s going to be hard for Benfica to travel to the Russian capital and adapt to the cold weather. CSKA will feel at home, but for the Portuguese team, it’s going to be a little bit different.CSKA are favourites, because of their overall performance in the group so far. And their home ground advantage, of course. But be careful with Benfica – they are wounded giant, but still a giant.