Spartak Moscow and Benfica kick off their Champions League third qualifying round tie on Wednesday night at the Oktritie Arena. The two clubs are competing in the Champions League qualifying rounds league path after their domestic performances in 2020-21.
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Benfica finished the Portuguese domestic season in 2020-21 in third place. The club are in a bit of coaching chaos as Jorge Jesus was dismissed at the end of last term. Rui Costa is in charge of Benfica currently, but under the interim tag.
Spartak Moscow ended the 2020-21 Russian Premier League season in second place. Unlike Benfica, Spartak Moscow have started the domestic campaign already. The Meat lost their opening match of the Premier League season 1-0 to Rubin Kazan but rebounded versus Krylia Sovetov with a 1-0 victory.
These teams last met during the 2012-13 Champions League group stage. The home team won each fixture as Spartak Moscow won in Russia 2-1. Benfica claimed a 2-0 win in the second fixture. Both sides are entering the Champions League qualifying rounds at the third qualifying stage. A win in the first leg will set up one of these sides for the second leg in Portugal and possible qualification for the Champions League playoffs.
Spartak Moscow vs Benfica Betting Odds
Spartak Moscow will have an upper hand due to the team playing in the Russian Premier League. The team is two games into the campaign and despite differing results in those games, Rui Vitoria will hope the side can get a big win. In 180 minutes of domestic league football, Spartak Moscow have scored just one goal thanks to a penalty Aleksandr Sobolev. Vitoria’s team is not creating goals from open play.
Leading sportsbooks’ best betting odds for a Spartak Moscow win are 21/10. Spartak Moscow last played in the Champions League in 2018-19. The team was coached by three different managers that season. Vitoria is in his first season at Spartak Moscow after taking over for former Schalke man Domenico Tedesco in the offseason.
Benfica’s best betting odds for a win at full-time are 11/8. The Eagles have not played this season ahead of the fixture. They will begin the Portuguese Liga season at the weekend. Benfica are unbeaten in four preseason matches against Casa Pia, Almeria, Lille, and Marseille. After a poor season by Benfica’s high standards, they have worked to improve the squad during the offseason. Benfica have already signed €25 million worth of players to fight for the Liga title.
Spartak Moscow vs Benfica Team News
While Benfica have signed €25m worth of players this summer, they have made €35m in player sales. Benfica have signed Gil Dias from Monaco, Roman Yaremchuk from Gent, Soualiho Meite from Torino, Joao Mario on a free transfer and Rodrigo Pinha on a free transfer. Benfica allowed Pedrinho and Nuno Tavares to leave the club. The sale of both players brought in €26m into the club.
Forward Haris Seferovic led Benfica in goals last season with 26 in all competitions. Seferovic played at the Euro 2020 tournament with Switzerland. His inclusion to the team on Wednesday may be in question due to playing at the summer international tournament. Benfica’s Andre Almeida is a doubt for the game due to an unknown injury.
Spartak Moscow struggled through their first two matches in the Russian Premier League this term. They lost their opener 1-0 to Rubin Kazan before defeating Krylia Sovetov 1-0 thanks to a second half penalty. Vitoria has two players on the injury list going into the game. Midfielder Artem Timofeev and defender Pavel Maslov are both doubts for the game. Timofeev is still recovering from a muscle injury and Maslov has a hip problem.
Spartak Moscow vs Benfica H2H
The last time the two sides played was in the 2012-13 Champions League qualifying rounds. The home team won their respective home fixture. Spartak Moscow won in Russia 2-1 and Benfica returned the favour in Portugal 2-0. The teams have not played in nearly 10 seasons.
A lot has changed for both clubs. Benfica have signed and sold a number of players while Spartak Moscow have gone through a few managers. The results of the games in 2012-13 should have no bearing on the outcome of Wednesday’s game. Spartak Moscow’s edge going into the game is playing at home and having played twice already in the Russian Premier League.
Spartak Moscow vs Benfica Prediction
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Spartak Moscow have not played well thus far in the Russian Premier League. They have scored just once in 180 minutes of domestic football. They will be motivated to get a win this week and improve chances of winning the two-legged tie. Benfica are playing their first match of the season. They could be a little rusty in defence, but should play strongly in attack against a Spartak Moscow team that does not play against teams of Benfica’s quality.
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Our betting tips experts like Luca Waldschmidt to get a goal for Benfica this weekend. Waldschmidt is likely to play at some point on Wednesday night as Haris Seferovic may not be fit to play the match. Waldschmidt scored seven goals last season in the Portuguese Liga. It was the second-most goals after Seferovic’s 22.
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Our betting tips experts predict goals for the game on Wednesday. The Eagles are kicking off their season and are desperate to rebound from a poor season in 2020-21. Spartak Moscow are trying to reach the Champions League group stage for the first time in three years. Vitoria has a good team with quality goalscorers such as Jordan Larsson and Victor Moses.
Spartak Moscow are playing poorly in the Russian Premier League and our betting tips experts believe Benfica will claim a win away from home on Wednesday. Benfica were knocked out of the Champions League at the third qualifying round last season. On Wednesday night, a win will set themselves up to progress to the playoff round.
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