Spartak M. – Benfica 23.10.2012
Spartak lost to Anzhi in the weekend in the Russian Premier league and they r in the worst negative record ever since 2009, a negative record of 3 defeats in a row,
before Anzhi they lost to CSKA and Celtic in CHL.
Mcgeady is injured so probably Jurado may be given a start, Parshivljuk and Gatagov are injured as well, while Insaurralde is suspended.
Benfica has a full squad to choose from, with only Luizao long term absentee: Cardozo upfront will be supported by Martins, Aimar and Gaitan.
Spartak lost the first 2 CHL games 3-2, away to Barcelona and at home vs Celtic. In both matches they were leading 2-1 and should they had retained the result, they would have been leading now the group. Instead they are bottom, with 0 pts. Benfica drew to Celtic 0-0 in the opening match, be4 losing 0-2 to Barcelona. Portoguese team have a single point so far and among the very few teams still to score a goal in this CHL campaign.
Match: Spartak M. – Benfica 18.00h
League: Champions League
Our prediction: over 2.5 golas Odds: 1.85
Whichever team is gonna lose this one will see the aspirations to keep on playing in Europe, let it be CHL or EL, extremely reduced. None of these 2 could afford a defeat, but on the other side a draw would suit nobody since only winner of it may be Celtic.
I am pretty much sure that Benfica is gonna score once, I do not believe a team with such an attacking potential will remain goalless for 3 consecutive matches in CHL, and looking at Spartak defense, I am almost sure it is gonna happen.