AEK Athens Play for Pride against Benfica in Last Group Match

AEK Athens are not one of the favourites to get anything out of the game against Benfica even though there is little to play for both teams in this match. This is a pointless encounter considering that both teams do not stand to get anything out of this fixture. AEK Athens are the only team left in the group stages yet to take a point. Hence, it is not a surprise to see them at the bottom of the group and they have also failed to make it to the Europa League as a result.

Benfica have been able to get a spot into the second tier of the European competition owing to a run of just one victory in their last five matches. This victory came against AEK Athens in the reverse fixture. Even though AEK Athens come into the match after winning the last two games in all competitions, they are generally poor when it comes to the European games. Even in the domestic Greek league, AEK Athens have not been able to make much of an impact as they are an incredible 12 points behind PAOK, who are leaders in the division.

Since there is little to play for in this match, both teams could adopt a rotation approach. Home advantage is certainly a major positive for Benfica, who also happen to possess a great strength in depth. In order to finish the group stages with decent momentum, Benfica will be going for a victory without doubt. AEK Athens were able to score two goals in the reverse fixture, but it happens to be their only goal return so far in the two stages. Benfica will look to keep up the discipline in such a way that they can get a clean sheet out of this match and it is priced at 2.20.