Benfica-Paris Saint-Germain Betting Preview: Highly charged hosts value to beat understrength visitors

Jorge Jesus' men are likely to be fired up for Tuesday's Champions League clash with Laurent Blanc's side and our tipster likes the home side's chances of victory
Benfica go into Tuesday’s Champions League crunch clash with Paris Saint-Germain knowing that victory is essential if they are to stand any realistic chance of progressing to the last 16 of this year’s competition.

Due to an inferior head-to-head record against Olympiakos, Jorge Jesus’ men must better the result achieved by the Greek side in their respective final Group C fixtures to reach the knockout stages of the competition.

Victory may not be enough for Benfica but the Portuguese giants will certainly be fired up for their meeting with PSG on Tuesday.

The big-spending French side have, of course, already secured their place in the next round of the competition and are set to rest a number of key players, including Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

With that in mind, the generous even money (2.0) quote from Coral for Jorge Jesus’ highly-motivated side to claim the victory that they need to keep their hopes of qualification alive looks to represent outstanding value.

PSG have been in impressive form throughout their Champions League campaign thus far, collecting 13 points from a possible 15, while only Real Madrid have managed more goals than Laurent Blanc’s side so far in the competition.

The French side can be backed at a chunky 13/5 (3.60) with Coral to break Benfica hearts by claiming all three points in Portugal, while the same firm offer 12/5 (3.40) that the match ends in stalemate.

Benfica are not without their injury problems ahead of Tuesday’s crunch clash either, with Ruben Amorim and Ola John certain to be amongst the absentees, while there is a doubt over the fitness of Oscar Cardozo, who has netted nine goals in 12 outings for Jesus’ side in all competitions this term.

Lima, though, is ready to fill Cardozo’s shoes should the Paraguayan fail to prove his fitness in time and the 30-year-old Brazil striker, who has scored three goals in his last two games, looks decent value to net first at a chunky 5/1 (6.0) with Coral.

Punters, though, are advised to keep it simple here and take the attractive even money (2.0) quote offered up by Coral for Benfica to get the better of what could effectively be a second-string PSG side.

Benfica to win at even money (2.0) 3pts stake with Coral 

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter

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