Basel vs Benfica
UEFA Champions League 2017/18 – Group Stage
Date: Wednesday, 27th September 2017
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: St. Jakob-Park (Basel).
Basel’s woes at the group stage continue over matchday 1 as the team got thoroughly beaten at Old Trafford by a 3-0 margin. The defeat against Manchester United stretched the Swiss team’s win-less run at the Champions League to 9 matches, 6 of which came in last season’s group phase.
On the other hand, Benfica fell to a surprise home defeat against CSKA Moscow. They had controlled the match for the first 45 minutes and were leading by a goal before the Russians mount a comeback in the second period. The defending Portuguese champions are going through a rough patch at the moment and until the weekend’s 2-0 win against Pacos, the team were on a three match win-less run.
The form of Basel coming into this game is particularly poor as they are struggling in Swiss League’s mid-table. They lost 3 of their 9 matches in the domestic league this season, opening up a 6 point deficit with league leaders Young Boys. Therefore, they are a team under pressure and it remained to be seen if they can raise the bar under these circumstances.
Basel vs Benfica: Head-to-head
The lone previous meeting between the sides happened at the 2011 Champions League group stage. Benfica remained unbeaten starting off with a 2-0 away win at Basel before holding out for a 1-1 stalemate back home.
Basel have a poor record against Portuguese clubs with only 3 wins coming from 14 meetings, 4 draws and 7 losses. At home, it is 2 wins, 1 draw and 4 losses from 7.
Benfica are unbeaten in their six previous meetings with Swiss clubs, 3 wins and 3 draws. The away record is 1 win and 2 draws from 3.
Basel vs Benfica: Prediction
Benfica are the superior side here and the opening day’s defeat could motivate them to perform much better. Basel are extremely poor when coming to the European tournament’s group stage, with their current form being nothing less than underwhelming, an away win is very much on the cards.
Basel vs Benfica: Bet Tips
FT – Benfica to win for 2.40
Over 2.5 goals for 2.05 odds.