Georgios Karaiskaki stadium in Piraeus, Greece will host this evening, starting at 21:45 a crucial match for 2nd place in Group C of the UEFA Champions League qualifying place which ensures a European spring of the prestigious continental competition. Both teams have an equal number of points (4) after 3 games played and tonight’s meeting seems to be decisive for both, in an effort to secure a place in the top 16 teams in Europe this season.
Benfica has bad memories about Georgios Karaiskaki Stadium last visit, claiming the last visit being a Greek band unpleasant for 5-1 in the group stage of the 2008/2009 season. However, in the last 12 matches, including here all competitions, the Portuguese gave up just in front of more powerful PSG 3-0. In addition, the team morale is very good, the last game bringing them a win, 3-0, in front of the band Academica on Friday. Jesus said the Portuguese league is very important to him, but did not deny the importance of other competitions, stating that wants to win as many trophies, each race having its importance. ” Striker Enzo Perez said in the press conference that “we are facing a decisive match in the UCL, which could decide more and we want to get a positive result.”
As Benfica, Greek band comes after a very good in all competitions, conceding before the same Parisian bands, thus registering one defeat in the last 16 matches.
Benfica: Gaetan Bong, Paulo Machado, Ariel Ibagaza, while Dominguez and Michael Olaitan are uncertain
Olympiakos: Guilherme Siqueira, Lazar Markovic, Miralem Sulejmani and Eduardo Salvio (uncertain)