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Benfica vs Basel predictions, betting tips and preview: Stalemate should be enough for the Swiss to qualify

  • Benfica vs Basel predictions for their Champions League match on Tuesday
  • Basel will reach the last 16 if CSKA Moscow fail to win their game
  • Read on for our free predictions and betting tips
Jonas (left) of Benfica and Marek Suchy of Basel vie for the ball during their Champions League match on September 27 2017 (credit: Getty Images)

Benfica vs Basel predictions for their Champions League match at the Estadio da Luz on Tuesday. Basel will almost certainly advance to the knockout stage if they win in Lisbon. Read on for our free predictions and betting tips.


Basel are fully expected to reach the last 16 of the Champions League but could allow Benfica their first point of the Group A campaign in doing so.

In terms of the qualification picture, this pool, along with Liverpool’s, is the least clear and the equations are quite complicated as far as Basel and CSKA Moscow are concerned – so we won’t bore you by going into great depth.

Essentially, Manchester United have been waiting for about five weeks to clinch top spot, which they are a hair’s breadth away from, and as long as they do not suffer a comprehensive home defeat against CSKA then they will advance as group winners.

United are around 4/9 to triumph at Old Trafford and if they do, then Basel will go through in second position regardless of what happens in Lisbon because they are level on points with CSKA and in front of them on the head-to-head rule.


Luisao (right) of Benfica reacts as Basel players celebrate during their Champions League match on September 27 2017 (Getty Images)

The bookmakers have the Swiss side at 1/12 to qualify because they only need to collect the same amount of points on Tuesday as the Russians, and our prediction is that Basel will draw.

Benfica have long since been eliminated having suffered a remarkably poor campaign, losing all five of their matches so far by a 12-1 aggregate. The writing was on the wall for the Portuguese team when they were beaten 5-0 away to Basel on match-day two.

But at least they have improved their domestic form recently and a 0-0 draw away to title rivals Porto on Friday should have given Rui Vitoria’s side some belief that they can avoid a sixth straight European defeat.

Whoever joins United in progressing will undoubtedly be top of the list of preferred opponents in the first knockout round for the other seven group winners, and we expect it to be Basel courtesy of a stalemate in the Portuguese capital.

Benfica vs Basel stats


  • These clubs have met three times previously, all in the Champions League group stage, with one win apiece and one draw
  • The result was 1-1 in Basel’s only previous away match against Benfica during the 2011-12 group stage
  • Benfica have won both of their other home games against Swiss opposition, 4-0 and 5-0

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Draw @ 18/7 with Unibet
Under 2.5 goals @ 21/20 with Betfair Sportsbook



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Benfica vs Basel predictions, betting tips and preview: Stalemate should be enough for the Swiss to qualify

Benfica vs Basel predictions for their Champions League match at the Estadio da Luz on Tuesday. Basel will almost certainly advance to the knockout stage if they win in Lisbon. Read on for our free predictions and betting tips.

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