Our prediction for this Champions League match:
Estadio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica will host Tuesday’s football match between Benfica and Basel. The Primeira Liga side have been struggling in the Champions League this season and, as a result, they failed to book their place in the knockout stages of the elite competition. The Eagles suffered a loss in each of their five group games and, no doubt, they are desperate to give fans something to cheer about. Basel, on the other hand, did well to beat Manchester United in November and a win over Benfica would see the RotBlau advance to the last 16 of the Champions League. The hosts have nothing to play in Tuesday’s clash and, taking everything into account, we predict the Swiss champions will get their job done in the decider. When the two teams met in Switzerland earlier in the process Basel crushed Benfica 5-0.
Highlighted Player (Lisandro Lopez):
Lisandro Lopez is an Argentine defender who joined Portugal giants Benfica in 2013 on a five-year deal from the Argentine side Arsenal de Sarandi. Once considered a huge prospect, Lisandro Lopez was linked with a move to Arsenal, AC Milan and Malaga before his move to Portugal. The 26-year-old defender however failed to live up to the expectations so far with the Aguias having made only 23 Primeira Liga appearances in three years with the Portugal giants. Lisandro Lopez was initially loaned out to Spanish La Liga side Getafe where he played 27 games during the 2013-14 season. Brought back on a promise of first-team football, Lopez did not quite manage to establish himself as a first-team regular as he was sparingly used during the previous two seasons in Portugal. The Argentine defender did play some part in Benfica’s European challenges having managed 4 Champions League appearances so far.
Highlighted Team (Basel):
One of the most successful football clubs in Switzerland, FC Basel were founded in 1893. The RotBlau as they are referred to by the Swiss play their games at the St. Jacob Park in Basel in front of 37,500 people which is the maximum capacity of the venue. The 19-time Swiss champions have endured difficult times in 1980s which ultimately led to relegation from the top flight in 1987. FC Basel returned to the top tier of Swiss football in 2000s to win their first league title in 22 years and go on to win it nine more times over 13 seasons since 2002. The golden times for FC Basel brought European inclusion in every season since 1999-2000 with a pinnacle being the semi-finals of the Europa League in 2012-13. The RotBlau have so far played over 95 UEFA Champions League games, winning almost half of their European outings. The Swiss club has produced plenty of talented players who went on to become prominent footballers all across Europe with Xherdan Shaqiri and Granit Xhaka being the most outstanding members of the latest generation.