Spartak Moscow vs Benfica Prediction: Champions League Third Qualifying Round on 04.08.2021
Benfica and Spartak Moscow meet in a captivating third qualifying round of the Champions League on Wednesday evening. Moscow will be looking to put a disappointing domestic start to the season behind them with a victory over the Portuguese giants.
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Spartak Moscow weren’t involved in any European competitions last season, but ended the domestic season in second place. Like Benfica, they enter the Champions League at this stage of the competition. However, the start to the season has been far from ideal. They are currently down in eleventh in the league standings, after starting the season with a win and a defeat. They claimed their first win of the new season this past weekend, as they beat Krylya Sovetov 1-0 away from home. However, they will need to raise their game further to get a victory over Benfica on Wednesday.
They did back it through to the round of 32 in the Europa League, but were beaten in the final of the domestic cup. This game in Russia will be their first competitive fixture of the season, and takes place just days before getting their league campaign underway against Moreirense. They have won three of their five pre-season fixtures, which included a recent 1-0 win against French champions Lille.
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It is likely that this will be a cagey fixture between the two sides on Wednesday night. Neither side will be wanting to take too many chances with the second leg coming next week, which means a low-scoring draw looks to be the most likely outcome.
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It promises to be a tense night in Russia on Wednesday, as something will need to give as Benfica and Spartak Moscow meet in the first leg of their third qualifying round in the Champions League. Benfica will be aware that they will need to increase their quality on the pitch this coming season, as they ended the 2020-21 campaign without a trophy for the first time in eight years. The Portuguese giants finished in third place, and was knocked out of the Champions League at this stage.
Spartak Moscow and Benfica will clash in the Champions League this week for the first time since the 2012-13 campaign. On that occasion, the home side on both occasions claimed the win. Spartak won the game in Russia 2-1, while Benfica responded back in Portugal, winning 2-0.