Benfica vs. Chelsea
Benfica were particularly impressive when they played at Old Trafford before Christmas. They literally looked like that they would score on every occasion that they attacked. With a couple of seasoned internationals added to their team, Benfica would look like very serious contenders for Europe’s premier competition. The age profile of the team is excellent. They look ready for the here and now and play with great energy. There is plenty of confidence that when the ball makes it forward into the danger zone that the likes of Cardozo will produce an end product. Their recent form has been more than passable. Considering all that has been said and written, Chelsea’s age profile isn’t as aged as people would assume. They remain an outfit packed with current internationals but their recent form has been patchy. All the evidence suggest that both sides are about equally likely to play to their form and with this in mind Benfica are unlikely to be beaten at home. They have only suffered one defeat on their home patch all season.
Recommended bet: Back Benfica, draw no bet.