Match date: 25 Nov 2015
| Sport: Football
| Competition: Champions League
| Stake: 6/10
| Pick: 2
| Match result:
2-2 - Lost
Astana will host Benfica in 5th round of Champions league group stage. Astana is currently at last position in group C with only two points from previous four rounds. They achieved great success by qualifying for Champions league but it seems that they can't go further. They suffered two defeats in Champions league so far, against Benfica in first round and Atletico Madrid while against Galatasaray and most recent Atletico Madrid got draws. They had a good season in their domestic league and defended their title. Previous match against Benfica on the road they lost with 2:0 and it will be very hard to achieve better result now at their field. In last match that Astana played in final of the Cup they suffered defeat against K. Almaty 1:2. All in all they had decent season, and for sure are satisfied with results and now will for sure give their best to achieve good result at their field at least for the fans. Midfielder Baurzhan Dzolchiev will miss this match due to a suspension, while also midfielder Nemanja Maksimovic is having problems with fitness and his appearance is in doubt.
Benfica on the other side coming here after defeat against Sporting in 1/16 finals of the Cup. They are currently at fourth position in Portugal league with 8 points and one match less than first placed Sporting. Benfica showed pretty good performances in Champions league in this season and they are currently at first position in group C with nine points, they suffered only one defeat in duel with Galatasaray. Benfica is in good form in this season, and for sure will go for a victory here and try to repeat result from the first match against Astana. Benfica must win here to retain their position and try to win placement after this round. In previous season Benfica failed to reach knockout stage and they ended at last position in group with only one victory, now they are on good path to find their placement and if continue with performances like so far for sure will be able to win here. Defenders Luisao and Nelsinho will stay out of action for this match due to injuries, while attacking midfielder Nicolas Gaitan is suspended due to a red hard that he's got in previous match against Galatasaray.
Astana is having really small odds to win their placement to at least Europa league, they must show outstanding performances to achieve positive outcome here, while Benfica is in decent shape, they suffered defeat in last match in Cup but for sure will go for a victory here in order to win placement into knockout stage, so I expect that they will celebrate here.