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Benfica vs AEK Athens FC Prediction & Betting tips
The Portuguese team starts slightly as favorite due to the field factor and especially because it has better players than its rival. For that reason and even though his campaign has been disastrous in the Champions, we believe that he has what it takes to win a stage in this opportunity. Considering this, we played for Benfica’s triumph in this opportunity. Remember that the Greeks have not shown reliability in defense, demonstrating it by conceding at least 2 goals in each of their presentations for this European competition.
The campaign of the Lusitanians in the group can be cataloged as very poor after adding only 4 points in total. The team could never compete in the classification and will only settle for the Europa League due to the poor level of its next rival. His last duel in this competition was disastrous, after losing 5-1 to Bayern Munich in the Allianz Arena. Now his goal is to win by a matter of pride and dignity, trying to give his fans a final joy. The ideal is to take advantage of the defensive flaws of his rival, which is characterized by complicate more than it should.
As a local, Benfica has played two games in the group and has only scored 1 point out of 6 possible. He comes from losing 0-2 to Bayern Munich clearly and equaling 1-1 against Ajax, after winning 1-0 in a partial manner. In both games, the team was not comfortable and had problems preparing and scoring. If we analyze both duels more punctually, we can affirm that the Lusitanians have lost the touch and the mystique that allowed them to be difficult to overcome. Now they are a militant but very clumsy at the moment of attacking. And not only that, because they defend very badly.
The walk of the Greeks in the Champions League has been very poor after adding 5 consecutive defeats. The worst thing of all is to have given a great amount of goals in his fence, throwing down the good level that they had in the previous phase of the competition. They come from losing 2-0 against Ajax at home, a match that was immersed in a climate of violence due to the fights between both fans. Due to his offensive problems, we believe he will have problems to elaborate and score in the Luz stadium.
As a visitor, AEK has registered two defeats in a row, costing him to be regular in this condition. First lost 3-0 to Ajax in Amsterdam and then stumble 2-0 against Bayern Munich in the Allianz Arena. Apparently, the Greeks have problems to score, since they always end up yielding 2 goals at least on their fence. For this exit it is expected that the holders risk a little more, since they have nothing to lose. Also at stake is the pride and honor of the institution, since doing 0 or 1 point in the group would be a humiliation.
The last duel between the Belgians and the Greeks in the European context was 9 years ago. More precisely in December 2009 for the Europa League. That day, the Portuguese side won 2-1 after the referee whistle. In the game played in Hellenic territory some time ago, Benfica managed to prevail in an intense match and with goals from the initial stage (2-3 after winning 0-2 the first time).
Benfica vs AEK Athens FC head to head matches
02.10.18 CL AEK Athens FC Benfica 2 : 3
17.12.09 EL Benfica AEK Athens FC 2 : 1
01.10.09 EL AEK Athens FC Benfica 1 : 0