Benfica vs AEK
UEFA Champions League
Date: Wednesday, 12 December 2018
Kick-Off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: Estadio da Luz (Lisbon).
The clash between Benfica and AEK will by no means affect final standings in Group E as both teams have already lost all hopes of catching one of top two spots to advance to the knockout phase. The Eagles will finish third regardless of the outcome on Wednesday evening being four points clear off the rock-bottomed AEK. The visitors, on the other side, are hoping to prevent a clean sweep of losses as they failed to claim a single point so far in the competition.
Benfica fell badly away at Bayern Munich in the fifth round. The Bavarians took a demolishing 5-1victory at Allianz Arena on the occasion. The head coach Rui Vitoria has, however, managed to raise the spirits inside the dressing room after such a defeat. The Eagles made it three wins on the spin without conceding a single goal along the way in their domestic affairs. They thus kept ground on the likes of Porto, Sporting and Braga at the very top of the Primeira Liga standings.
Benfica vs AEK: Head-to-head
This will only be the fourth head to head encounter between the two teams.
Both sides snatched narrow home wins when they met each other in the group phase of the 2009/10 Europa League campaign.
Benfica picked up a 2-3 victory in this term of Champions League in the second round.
Benfica vs AEK: Prediction
AEK are nowhere near the last season’s form. Aside from an underwhelming Champions League campaign, they have been struggling for results in domestic affairs as well. They are as many as 12 points shy of fierce rivals PAOK at the top of the Greek Super League standings after 13 rounds of the competition.
They scored only two and allowed as many as 12 goals so far in the Champions League. None of these two goals came on travels as AEK fell 3-0 to Ajax and 2-0 to Bayern Munich away from home this season. Benfica’s win to nil looks to be just the way to go here.
Benfica vs AEK: Bet Tips
Benfica to win @ 1.40 (2/5)
Benfica to keep a clean sheet @ 1.90 (9/10).