The last matchday of the UEFA Champions League group stages will see Maccabi Haifa take on Benfica on Wednesday.
Maccabi Haifa will be welcoming Benfica for the last match of the group stage of UEFA Champions League 2022/23. For both the sides, the match holds great significance. Maccabi Haifa will be looking for a win, and if they are able to better Juventus’ result against Paris Saint-Germain, they will qualify for the Europa League. For Benfica, it is an opportunity to go all out for the win and aim for the top spot in group H.
|Maccabi Haifa vs Benfica||Key Details|
|Date||3 November, 2022 (India)|
2 November, 2022 (Portugal and Israel)
|Venue||Sammy Ofer Stadium|
|Kickoff time India||1:30 am IST (Thursday)|
|Kickoff time Portugal||9:00 pm WEST (Wednesday)|
|Kickoff time Israel||11:00 pm IDT (Wednesday)|
Maccabi Haifa will be content with their form in recent matches. In their last six fixtures, they have managed four wins to go with just two defeats. One of the losses came against PSG on matchday five. When the draw for the group stage was made, Maccabi won’t have anticipated that they would have anything to play for come the final matchday. However, a Europa League spot is very much achievable for them and the Israeli outfit will go all out for it.
Not many fancied Benfica to be in the top two of group H. However, the Portuguese side have been tremendous in the Champions league this season, avoiding any losses so far. The battle for the second spot in the group was always going to be between them and Juventus. Benfica comfortably passed that test, beating the Old Lady on both the occasions. Now, they will hope for a favour from the Italian side in order for them to finish at the top of the group.
Maccabi Haifa, reportedly have no injury or suspension issues to deal with. For Benfica, however, Lucas Verissimo and Morato are out due to a knee and ankle injury respectively.
Maccabi Haifa possible line-up: Cohen, Seck, Batubinsika, Goldberg, Atzili, Mohamed, Lavi, Fani, Cornud, Chery, Pierrot
Benfica possible line-up: Vlachodimos, Bah, Silva, Otamendi, Grimaldo, Aursnes, Luis, Neres, Silva, Mario, Ramos
|FC Ashdod||3-1 (W)|
|Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona||3-2 (W)|
|Hapoel Hadera||1-0 (W)|
|FC Porto||1-0 (W)|
|Benfica beat Maccabi Haifa||2-0|
The Champions League match between Maccabi Haifa and Benfica will take place at Sammy Ofer Stadium on Thursday at 1:30 am IST.
For the football fans in India, the live telecast of the Champions League is available on the Sony Ten network. You can also live stream through SonyLIV App/ website. Besides, the supporters in Portugal can see the match between Maccabi Haifa and Benfica on Sport TV Multiscreen, Eleven Sports 1 Portugal and Sport TV+. Meanwhile, for those in Israel, they can catch the live action via 5Sport.