Our football match prediction:
Estadio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica will host Tuesday’s football match between Benfica and CSKA Moscow. Benfica did well to make it to the Champions League knockout stages last season, but Borussia Dortmund proved to be a big catch for the Portuguese side. The Primeira Liga title holders aim to kick off the new Champions League campaign in style, but the game against CSKA will be a anything but a walk in the park for the hosts. The Armeitsy booked their place in the Champions League group stages by beating the likes of AEK Athens and Young Boys in the qualifiers and, no doubt, they have big ambitions for the upcoming season in the elite competition. In their last meeting in the Champions League the two sides played out a 1-1 draw and, taking everything into account, we predict that the history is going to repeat itself.
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 (CSKA Moscow):
The most prominent division of the CSKA Moscow sports club, the Armeitsy as they are commonly referred to in Russia were founded in 1911 and were the official team of the Soviet Army during the communist era. Since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, PFC CSKA Moscow have been become a privately owned club, with the Ministry of Defence as a shareholder. The Army Men are one of the most successful clubs in Russian football with a rich legacy and extensive heritage both in modern era and in Soviet football alike CSKA Moscom won seven Soviet championship titles, while they have also added six Russian Premier League title for the total tally of 13 major domestic honours. CSKA Moscow also boast a remarkable record at the international level as well with the Armeitsy winning the UEFA Cup in 2005 having beaten Sporting CP to become the first ever Russian club to win a major European title. During the last decade CSKA Moscow reached UEFA Champions League quarter-finals in 2010 and the knockout stage the following year.