Squad List: Benfica x Porto

Rui Vitória has named a 21-man preliminary squad for Saturday's hotly anticipated Clássico. Victor Lindelöf and Eliseu have both shaken off knocks picked up on international duty, but Raúl Jiménez has not been so lucky; the Mexican striker could be out for two to three weeks with a right thigh injury. Luka Jović has taken his place.

Raúl is joined in the treatment room by Jardel, who has sprained his left ankle. The Brazilian's injury presents a rare opportunity to Lisandro López, who returns to the first team squad.

Álex Grimaldo has resumed full training after abdominal surgery, although it is unclear whether he is fit to start this weekend. He replaces Marcelo Hermes. Ljubomir Fejsa and Filipe Augusto have both recovered from their ankle injuries, but André Horta is conspicuous by his absence.

Saturday's game at the Estádio da Luz gets underway at 20:30 local time and will be officiated by Carlos Xistra.

Goalkeepers: Ederson and Júlio César

Defenders: Lisandro, Grimaldo, Luisão, Lindelöf, Eliseu, André Almeida and Nélson Semedo

Midfielders: Fejsa, Filipe Augusto, Samaris, Carrillo, Živković, Salvio, Pizzi, Cervi and Rafa Silva

Forwards: Jonas, Mitroglou and Jović




Highlights: Paços de Ferreira 0 - 0 Benfica




Squad List: Paços de Ferreira x Benfica

Rui Vitória has named an unchanged 20-man squad for the trip to Paços de Ferreira this weekend.

Ljubomir Fejsa (ankle), Álex Grimaldo (abdomen) and Filipe Augusto (ankle) remain the three players on the injury list. Nélson Semedo has recovered from the last-minute knee injury that prevented him from playing against Belenenses. Lisandro López is still out of the first team picture.

Saturday’s game begins at 20:30 at the Estádio da Mata Real.

Goalkeepers: Ederson and Júlio César

Defenders: Luisão, Lindelöf, Eliseu, Jardel, Hermes, André Almeida and Nélson Semedo

Midfielders: Samaris, André Horta, Carrillo, Živković, Salvio, Pizzi, Cervi and Rafa Silva

Forwards: Raúl, Jonas and Mitroglou




Vitória: "We are all together in this fight!"

Rui Vitória

Benfica produced the perfect response to their Champions League exit with a morale-boosting 4-0 victory over Belenenses on Monday evening. André Almeida opened the scoring in the 11th minute, seizing on an error from Benfica youth product Miguel Rosa. Kostas Mitroglou and Eduardo Salvio increased the Eagles' lead in the second half, with both players finding the net from outside the box. Jonas celebrated his return to the starting eleven with a late fourth, although Mitroglou looked to be offside in the build-up.




Highlights: Benfica 4 - 0 Belenenses




Vitória expecting a positive reaction after Champions League exit

Benfica welcome Belenenses to the Estádio da Luz on Monday night, with the Eagles needing all three points to overhaul Porto at the top of the Liga NOS. Quim Machado's team are in excellent form, having picked up three wins and three draws from their previous six games. In his pre-match press conference, Rui Vitória promised that Benfica would show no ill-effects of their 4-0 drubbing by Borussia Dortmund.




Squad List: Benfica x Belenenses

Ljubomir Fejsa is absent for a fifth consecutive match due to a sprained left ankle, and Filipe Augusto misses his third successive game with a right ankle sprain. Álex Grimaldo is still sidelined after abdominal surgery, but may return for April's Clássico.

Paulo Lopes and Pedro Pereira drop out of the squad, while Marcelo Hermes comes in. Lisandro López remains out of favour.

Monday night's game kicks off at 20:00 at the Estádio da Luz.

Goalkeepers: Ederson and Júlio César

Defenders: Luisão, Lindelof, Eliseu, Jardel, Hermes, André Almeida and Nélson Semedo

Midfielders: Samaris, André Horta, Carrillo, Živković, Salvio, Pizzi, Cervi and Rafa Silva

Forwards: Raúl, Jonas and Mitroglou




Vitória: "The game deserved more goals from both sides"

Kostas mitroglou

Benfica claimed their seventh consecutive victory with a tense 1-0 win over Feirense on Saturday night. Pizzi kept his composure to score the game's only goal from close range in the first half, but the outcome could have been very different had the home side converted one of several golden opportunities.




Highlights: Feirense 0 - 1 Benfica




Vitória discusses Jonas' fitness and Ederson's Brazil call-up

Ederson

Benfica will be aiming to record their seventh consecutive victory in all competitions when they take on Feirense in northern Portugal tonight. The newly-promoted side had a difficult start to the season, losing nine of their first fourteen league fixtures. However, their form has markedly improved under new coach Nuno Manta Santos; they have tasted defeat just twice in their last nine league games, and risen to 13th place in the Liga NOS.




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