Sunday, January 29, 2023

Benfica 1/2 to beat Spartak Moscow in Tuesday’s Champions League qualifier

Competition: Champions League qualifier

Market: Benfica win

Odds: 1/2 @ 888sport

Simply looking to finish off the job on Tuesday night and extend on their Champions League adventure, Benfica will welcome Spartak Moscow to the Estádio da Luz.

Starting with the hosts, managing to open the 2021/22 Primeira Liga with a largely dominant display on the road, the mood in Benfica’s camp should be at a real high. Grabbing a deserved 2-1 victory on their travels to Moreirense and with their sights set on mounting a real title charge this season, The Eagles also sit in pole position to extend on their Champions League run in midweek. Landing a 2-0 win away in Russia last week in what was their first competitive outing since the end of May, Head Coach Jorge Jesus saw his side sign off their preparations with an eye-catching run. Including a 1-0 victory against Ligue 1 champions Lille on July 22nd, it should also be noted that Benfica hold an impressive European record at the Estádio da Luz. Including back-to-back wins, Tuesday’s hosts have won three of their last four Champions League home fixtures.

As for the visitors, while Benfica might have managed to open their domestic run with an eye-catching performance over the weekend, the same cannot be said for a struggling Spartak Moscow. Despite being tipped as a standout pick to end their recent blip last time out, the Russian top-flight outfit were hit with a shock 2-1 defeat on home soil at the hands of Nizhny Novgorod. Opening up the 2021/22 Premier League campaign with a 1-0 loss against Rubin Kazan on the road, Rui Vitória’s side have managed to muster just three points so far this season. Knowing they face what will be a huge task when they make the trip to the Estádio da Luz in midweek and suffering that 2-0 loss in the first-leg last week, we’re backing a similar home victory here.

Bet: Benfica 1/2 to beat Spartak Moscow in Tuesday’s Champions League qualifier @ 888sport


Tom Dunstan

Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan



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