Match date: 05 Dec 2017
| Sport: Football
| Competition: UEFA Champions League
| Stake: 9/10
| Pick: 2 (0 AH)
| Match result:
0-2 - Won
Benfica are without chances to continue their European journey, after five rounds in Champions league they are at bottom of the table in their group without single point earned, they will face with Basel in last round and will try to win here at least for the fans. This was really poor season for them in Champions league and now must focus on domestic league and defending of a title, currently are at third position with three points less than leaders Porto, victory in this duel would lift their morale for sure and they aren't without chances to celebrate.
Main problem for hosts in this season was variable form, they just can't find consistency in their game, in this duel will try to find revenge for first really hard defeat in September, they conceded five goals in Switzerland without proper answer. Hosts scored only one goal in five games in Champions league while conceded 12 and that goal difference is simple terrible. Guests have imperative to win this match and Benfica must play some really good football to defeat them. Benfica are coming here after a goalless draw against one of main candidates for the title Porto but had much luck to avoid defeat, this will for sure be a difficult game for them. Defenders Ruben Dias (5/0), Grimaldo (7/0), midfielders Filipe Augusto (8/0), Krovinovic (7/0) and Cervi (10/1) are all injured and will stay out of action for this match.
Basel on the other hand are coming here with only victory in their minds, guests are at second position at the table in group A with nine points out of five games, they have equal number of points as third placed CSKA Moscow and they must go for a victory to secure progress into knockout stage. Basel had pretty good season so far, at this moment are in really good form and are coming to this game after five consecutive victories, most recently in Swiss Super league defeated Lasusanne away from home with convincing result and are highly motivated for this clash.
Visitors are one of the strongest teams in Swiss Super league and are defending a trophy there, now are at second position with four points less than leaders Young Boys but tonight are playing probably most important match so far in this season, victory here leads them into next stage and they want to stay in Europe until spring above all, i believe that Basel can collect all three points on this trip to Portugal. Goalkeeper Valiati (0/0), defender Gaber (1/0), midfielder Serey Die (11/1) and forward Van Wolfswinkel (9/7) are all injured and won't be available here while appearance of midfielder Bua (14/4) is still questionable.
Benfica are without chances to do anything in Europe and this will be their last appearance in Champions league in this season, in front of them are decent opponents which showed some pretty good performances in this campaign and i think that Basel are team which will win tonight and grant progress into knockout stage.