Russian giants Spartak Moscow await the visit of Portuguese Primeira Liga third-place finishers S.L. Benfica at the Otkritie Arena for a Champions League qualification match on Wednesday the 4th of August 2021.
Spartak Moscow are entering the qualification process at this stage and therefore have not played any other games so far before this semi-final round. Instead, Spartak Moscow have spent their summer months playing a series of pre-season friendlies, with four wins, one draw and one loss, scoring exactly 20 goals.
The People’s Team have also already begun their domestic campaign with a 1-0 loss to Kazan and a 1-0 win over Samara, so they currently sit in ninth place just below mid-table.
Also beginning their Champions League qualification at the semi-final stage, S.L. Benfica have played seven pre-season friendlies to date, against fellow Portguguse sides as well as teams from France and Spain, remaining undefeated in the process with five wins and two draws.
The Eagles’ Liga Portugal campaign begins just three days after this clash away at Spartak Moscow, which might give manager Jorge Jesus a bit of a team selection headache.
Spartak Moscow and Benfica have not faced each other since the group stages of the Champions League in 2012, where each team won their respective home legs but both also failed to go through to the knockout stages.
With Spartak Moscow only managing three points from their six games, they completely fell out of that year’s international club competitions while Benfica continued on to a Europa League playoff match.
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Odds a day before the game is due to kick-off have Benfica as the match favourites with average odds of around 6/5. You can also get odds of around 12/5 if you’re predicting a draw, or a price of around 12/5 if you reckon there could be a small upset and a Spartak Moscow victory.
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Spartak Moscow v S.L. Benfica Teams
Spartak Moscow boss Rui Vitoria will be expected to field his strongest starting 11 in this match, as will Benfica head coach Jorge Jesus, regardless of the impending league tie against Moreirense.
This summer, Rui Vitoria made two official signings, bringing in 21-year-old attacking midfielder Mikhail Ignatov from Spartak 2, as well as 30-year-old Victor Moses from Premier League side Chelsea.
Jorge Jesus brought in a handful of players to Benfica during this most recent transfer window, most notably of which was Ukrainian centre-forward Roman Yaremchuk from KAA Gent, who impressed in the Euro 2020 competition this summer.
Spartak Moscow v S.L. Benfica Domestic Leagues
Spartak Moscow qualified for the Champions League qualification stages last season with a second-place finish behind Russian Premier League champions Zenit St. Petersburg. The season before (2019/20), Spartak only managed a sixth-place finish and did not qualify for any European competition.
Benfica finished third in the Portuguese Primeira Liga in the last campaign to earn their Champions League qualification position. This was Benfica’s lowest league finishing position in a number of years, where usually if they haven’t just straight up won the league they’ve finished in second place behind Porto.
It was Sporting Lison that caused an upset in the Portuguese Primeira Liga last season though, finishing top of the table and taking an automatic Champions League group stage spot alongside Porto.
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