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.




Squad List: Feirense x Benfica

Rui Vitória has made two changes to his squad for the trip to Feirense this Saturday. Pedro Pereira replaces the suspended Nélson Semedo, while André Horta comes in for the injured Filipe Augusto, who sprained his right ankle on his full debut against Estoril.

Álex Grimaldo (abdomen) and Ljubomir Fejsa (left ankle) also appear on the official injury list. Lisandro López has been overlooked once again.

Saturday's match at the Estádio Marcolino de Castro kicks off at 20:30 local time.

Goalkeepers: Ederson and Júlio César

Defenders: Luisão, Lindelöf, Eliseu, Pedro Pereira, Jardel, André Almeida and Hermes

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

Forwards: Raúl, Jonas and Mitroglou




Samaris: "There are eleven 'finals' remaining"

Samaris and Mitroglou

Benfica kept their title bid on track with an entertaining 3-1 victory over Chaves at the Estádio da Luz on Friday night. Kostas Mitroglou opened the scoring with a well-placed header from a Nélson Semedo cross, but the visitors equalised shortly before the interval thanks to a delightful long-range curler from Belarusian midfielder Bressan.




Highlights: Benfica 3 - 1 Chaves




Vitória wary of Chaves' counter-attacking capabilities

Rui Vitória

Benfica host newly-promoted Chaves at the Estádio da Luz on Friday night. Their recently-appointed coach Ricardo Soares has continued the excellent work of his predecessor Jorge Simão, and the visitors now sit seventh in the Liga NOS, boasting the fourth best defensive record in the competition. Rui Vitória began his pre-match press conference by paying tribute to the northern outfit.




Squad List: Benfica x Chaves

Ljubomir Fejsa is unavailable for the visit of Chaves after spraining his left ankle. Álex Grimaldo is the only other player currently receiving treatment, as he continues to recuperate from abdominal surgery.

Ederson returns after serving his one-match suspension against Braga. Jonas has recovered from his neck injury, while Luka Jović has also been selected after scoring for Benfica B last weekend. Lisandro López and André Horta do not feature, despite not appearing on the official injury list.

Friday's match at the Estádio da Luz gets underway at 21:00 local time.

Goalkeepers: Ederson and Júlio César

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

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

Forwards: Jonas, Jović, Mitroglou and Raúl




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