Benfica vs Atletico Madrid 12/08/2015 UEFA Champions League Preview, Odds & Predictions
Atletico Madrid vs Benfica
Tuesday 8th December 2015 14:45 (ET)
The Line: Benfica 5/2 Draw 9/4 Atletico Madrid 13/10 See the Latest Odds
TV: Bt Sport ; Fox Sport
One of the ties of the week in the Champions League will see Benfica play host to Atletico Madrid at the Estadio de Sport. Benfica caused one of the shocks of the competition when they won at the Vincent Cauldron in game week two and Diego Simeone's men will eb looking for revenge here in Portugal. Atletico Madrid have gone on a tear in Spain winning their last six and actually are unbeaten since losing to Benfica back in September a run of twelve games. Atletico have quality throughout their team with Greizmann and Torres leadin the way up front and former Porto striker Jackson Martinez also involved but the strength of this team is definitely defensively where Atletico have only conceded six goals in La Liga thus far and have a real leader in team captain Diego Godin. Atletico will look to the Uruguayian to lead the way here alongside Felipe Luis, Juanfran and Gimenez. Atletico have conceded just one goal in their last seven.
Benfica have been excellent in Europe this season and come into this game having already qualified for the knockout stages for the first time since the 2011 season. Benfica will look to Jonas to continue his hot scoring streak as he has ten in eleven this season although Gaitan and Mitroglu have both been more effective in Europe with Gaitan netting three in the Champions League so far this season.Benfica are third in the league eight points off top but with a game less played. This is a big test for them but a draw here should see them top the group on head to head record against Atletico and that would be an easier last sixteen game.
I think the home team will hold out here for a point. While Atletico are definitely in fine form they are not scoring alot of goals and going to Benfica to try to win is going to be difficult. While this is a min bet I think there is just enough value to take the draw outright.