Benfica vs Bayer Leverkusen 12/09/2014 UEFA Champions League Preview Odds&Prediction
Tuesday 9th December 2014 19:45(GMT)
The Line: Benfica 12/5 Draw 13/5 Bayer Leverkusen 6/5 See the Latest Odds
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Benfica will host Bayer Leverkusen in Lisbon on Tuesday night, the match is of little significance to Benfica as they can not qualify for the knockout stages. Benfica were somewhat unlucky in this group but having lost home and away to Zenit they are now out of contention for even a place in the Europa League so its hard to know how the Portugese side will approach this game especially considering they have a huge domestic game against Porto this weekend. There is every chance Jorge Jesus rests some of his starters tonight and concentrates on the league game. For Benfica Talisca, Gaitan and Salvio will be key players providing the main threats going forward.
For Bayer Leverkusen they know that a win guarantees top spot and seeding in the knockout stages , Schmidt's team will be looking to get the win and bounce back from a domestic defeat to Bayern Munich last weekend. Key for Leverkusen will be Son and Kiebling up front, both have played excellently in Europe and with Bellarabi chipping in with a goal every second game from midfield there is plenty to be optimistic about for Leverkusen going forward. a fourth win in the group here would be a huge achievement and one that is within their grasp.
I think given the circumstances here Bayer Leverkusen need the win to win the group, Benfica have a huge game against Porto next weekend and the Germans are the slightly better team anyway I am going to take Bayer Leverkusen to get the win.