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Soccer Champions League

UEFA Champions League Preview: Benfica – PSG

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Image courtesy of Zlatan Ibrahimovic official Facebook page

Paris Saint-Germain already clinched their place in the next round of the tournament and they will look to end their group stage participation with a win away from home.

They will have a tough outing, however, as they will visit a Benfica side that needs the three points in order to maintain their chances to advance to the next round of the competition.

The Portuguese side has seven points after five matches and they’re tied with Olympiakos for the second place of Group C. The French outfit, on the other hand, has 13 points and they already booked the first spot in the standings towards the Round of 16.

Benfica have some solid players on their team but their attacking duo of Oscar Cardozo and Nicolas Gaitán will be instrumental for the squad’s success against Le Parisiens. While the Paraguayan will operate between the center backs, Gaitán is used in a wider role where his skill and pace fits better to his style of play. Much of the team’s scoring chances will lie on their shoulders against one of Europe’s top defensive units.

PSG, on the other hand, are led by Swedish superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The controversial striker has been on fire this season on the European stage – eight goals in five matches already – and he has been a huge reason why the team already qualified to the next round. His competitiveness is off the charts and he will lead the squad to finish their group stage with three points.

Prediction: Benfica 1-2 PSG

Benfica will dominate the game and they will have the better scoring chances, but PSG will end up getting the three points. If the visitors decide to employ a counter attacking strategy, the pace of their forward could prove to be key towards the end of the match.

Juan Pablo Aravena is a sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @jparavenarant or add him to your network on Google