Astana vs Benfica by Garc1
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These 2 teams will face in very different situations in the group, the first team Benfica with 9 points will face the last of the group Astana with only 2 points due to the consecutive home draws against galatasaray and Atletico Madrid.
Astana is still making is first steps in the competition and the lack of experience was very decisive, only 2 draws, at home, only 2 goals at home, no goal scored outside the Astana arena , fights with the weapons that they have but at this level is clearly not enough.
Astana is investing big to be regularly in the European stages, invested big in a new stadium, the Astana arena is a very modern stadium, acclimatised and closed to protect the players and the fans from the very difficult conditions of the weather, it will be -20 degrees in Kazakhstan and the game will be played in very nice 15 degrees inside stadium.
Another fact that we must consider is that the pitch has synthetic grass, the ball jumps a lot more, the risk of injuries is exponential, and Astana will try to take advantage of that fact to win points against the other teams that are nit used to this kind of pitch.
In terms of players, Astana doesn't have any player that is above average, it's strength is in the defensive organisation, and even the best scorer Nuserbayev with 11 goals didn't play the last Astana games and will not play today, don't know why...
Team:N. Erić, E. Postnikov, B. Ilič, M. Aničić, D. Shomko, N. Maksimović, R. Cañas, F. Kéthévoama, S. Muzhikov, B. Dzholchiev, J. Kabananga.
Benfica comes in the first place of the group and only needs a draw to pass to the next stage.
Benfica comes from a defeat against Sporting in the Portuguese cup, after 120 minutes of game, very hard and very exhausting one, central defender and captain Luisao broke is arm in that game, Gaitan had to go to the hospital to check his head with a suspecting fracture, Jonas is injured and also doubtful.
Has I said the playmaker Gaitan wont play because of suspension, best striker Jonas is doubtful.
Team:Júlio César, Jardel, Eliseu, Sílvio, L. López, A. Samaris, Talisca, Pizzi, Goncalo Guedes, Jonas, K. Mitroglou.
Benfica needs only a draw, comes from a very difficult clash, a big trip to Kazakhstan, Key players wont play against Astana that plays in 4-4-2 and sustains is game in defensive approach, the best striker of Astana is missing also because of unknown reasons makes me suspect that this game will have very few goals.Benfica can even lose the game just has long has Galatasaray dont win Atletico Madrid that needs to win also...
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|under 2 goals AH||Pinnacle||2.21||10||2-2 LOST (-10 units)|
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