CSKA Moscow vs Benfica: Progressive Eagles look ready to soar

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Odds: CSKA 21/20, Draw 12/5, Benfica 27/10

Kick Off: 1700, 22/11/2017

Stadium: Stadion CSKA Moskva

TV: BT Sport

Benfica have yet to pick up a point in Champions League Group A but we’re backing them to buck that trend by beating CSKA Moscow in Russia.

The Portuguese outfit were unfortunate to lose both games against Manchester United and played some neat football going forward in the second encounter at Old Trafford.

If they can continue on an upward curve, we reckon 27/10 for an away win here is good value in our CSKA Moscow vs Benfica betting tips.

A Look At CSKA Moscow’s Betting Odds

CSKA Moscow have had an up-and-down campaign in this pool but are well placed to progress after picking up two wins so far.

However, they did benefit from a soft penalty decision when coming from behind to beat Benfica 2-1 in Portugal.

To be fair, the Russian outfit did again show plenty of resilience to prevail by the same scoreline at Basel after trailing at half-time.

Viktor Goncharenko’s side could easily have been two or three down that night, though, and have put in a couple of flat performances when losing at home to the Swiss side and United.

Looking at the CSKA Moscow vs Benfica odds, 11/1 for a 2-1 away victory takes the eye.

A Look At Benfica’s Betting Odds

Benfica have taken time to regroup after selling off several of their best players over the summer and there have been some tough moments during that process.

A 5-0 thrashing at Basel followed the home loss to CSKA and there were also points dropped on the domestic front around that time.

However, there is some light at the end of the tunnel judged on two competitive efforts against United, with luckless 18-year-old goalkeeper Mile Svilar responsible for two of the Red Devils’ three goals and the other coming via a spot-kick.

Three straight wins have kept them in contention in Portugal’s top flight, with Saturday’s cup success maintaining the momentum.

A fast start here would help to further boost the visitors’ growing confidence, so let’s take 5/1 they are ahead at half-time and full-time in our CSKA Moscow vs Benfica betting tips.

Additional stats

Last Champions League result:

Basel 1-2 CSKA MOSCOW – Alan Dzagoev, Pontus Wernbloom

Man Utd 2-0 BENFICA

Head-to-head: Benfica 1-2 CSKA Moscow

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Tony has been a journalist for more than 25 years, with past positions including Press Association betting editor, Teletext Sport betting editor and Sport Newspapers deputy racing editor. A Manchester United and Salford Red Devils supporter, he spends much of his spare time walking his two pet greyhounds.

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