In Group B of the Champions League is the tension to cut. Wednesday fight Besiktas and Benfica in a direct duel for wintering in the Champions League. So promises ought to be night in the Vodafone Arena in Istanbul!
Besiktas: Problems in the rear
Besiktas is on the verge of its most important game in recent club history. A win over Benfica come the Turks on nine points and they remain fully participate in the battle for a place in the knockout phase of the Champions League. However, a defeat or a draw is likely that we will see the black and whites after winter in the Europa League.
Besiktas is in its own Vodafone Arena traditionally strong. However, the cracker against Benfica is not exactly located for Besiktas, as the Black Eagles currently struggling with an injury wave. Kavlak, Rhodolfo, Talisca, Erkin and Özbiliz are all sidelined, while Uysal and Tosic are big question marks. Especially the defense, already the weakest line is therefore quite battered. Besiktas managed this season in four Champions League matches have no time to keep a clean sheet and it will also Wednesday certainly regain much to endure. Also last weekend the opportunity rearguard of coach Senol Gunes was not kept clean its purpose, but it was still beating Adanaspor thanks to goals from Abou Bakar and Tosun: 1-2. “It could easily be 5-0 or 6-0,” said Gunes. “We played well, but were very careless with our chances.” Besiktas could look back on a nice dress rehearsal, but the shaky rearguard remains a problem child at the black whites.
Probable lineup Besiktas
Fabri; Tosic, Marcelo, Nukan, Beck; Inler, Hutchinson; Adriano Arslan; Quaresma; Aboubakar
Benfica: Rock solid defense
For Benfica Wednesday there a lot at stake. With six points occupying the Portuguese top club is currently first place in Group B and a victory in the cauldron of Istanbul so sure wintering in the Champions League. In a defeat bags However, the Eagles probably to third place.
Benfica Papiss Jonas came because of injuries this season only once in action, but also without the Brazilian Benfica excellent results. Last weekend, put the Eagles in style for the next round of the Portuguese Cup by placing the poor Maritimo by as much as 6-0 on the knee, which already marked the sixth victory in the last seven official matches. With four clean sheets in the last five games, the Portuguese in particular the back rock solid – the central duo Luisao and Lindelöf even more than eleven hours in a row without a goal against. Such statistics make coach Rui Vitoria a happy man, because good results begin with a solid defense. Not for nothing Benfica went this season only once slicing (Napoli-out: 4-2).
Probable lineup Benfica
Moraes; Eliseu, Luisao, Lindelöf, Nelsinho; Carrillo, Pizzi, Samaris, Salvio; Mitroglou, Guedes
Zivkovic (both not to play)