Squad List: Benfica x Rio Ave

Rui Vitória has named an unchanged squad for the midweek visit of Rio Ave. André Horta has overcome his thigh injury, but was not deemed fit enough for selection.

Júlio César (shoulder), Eliseu (thigh), Álex Grimaldo (abdomen) and Eduardo Salvio (shoulder) remain in the treatment room, while Danilo has been overlooked once again.

Wednesday's game at the Estádio da Luz is scheduled for 18:00 Portuguese time.

Goalkeepers: Ederson and Paulo Lopes

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

Midfielders: Fejsa, Samaris, Carrillo, Živković, Pizzi, Cervi, Rafa Silva and Celis

Forwards: Raúl Jiménez, Jonas, Mitroglou and Gonçalo Guedes




Coach and matchwinner welcome Jonas back to the fold

Jonas Pistolas

Benfica continued their pursuit of a fourth consecutive league title with a nerve-wracking 1-0 win over Estoril on Saturday night. The visitors got their noses in front with a 61st minute penalty, which was dispatched with typical composure by Raúl. It was not a vintage performance from the Eagles, who were indebted to Ederson's goalkeeping and Estoril's profligacy in the dying minutes.




Highlights: Estoril 0 - 1 Benfica




Vitória denies pressure and Estoril call a doctor

Ljubomir Fejsa

Estoril welcome Benfica to the Estádio António Coimbra da Mota on Saturday night, on Matchweek 14 of the Liga NOS. The Canaries parted company with head coach Fabiano Soares last weekend, following a 2-0 away defeat to Vitória Setúbal. His replacement, Pedro Gómez Carmona, was in the stands to see Estoril's midweek cup win over Sanjoanense, and officially started work on Thursday.




Squad List: Estoril x Benfica

Jonas has been named in Benfica's 20-man preliminary squad for Matchweek 14 of the Liga NOS. Ljubomir Fejsa and Rafa Silva both return after being rested in midweek.

The Eagles are still without Álex Grimaldo (abdomen), Eliseu and André Horta (thigh), and Júlio César and Eduardo Salvio (shoulder). Danilo has been dropped.

Saturday's match with Estoril begins at 20:30 at the Estádio António Coimbra da Mota.

Goalkeepers: Ederson and Paulo Lopes

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

Midfielders: Fejsa, Samaris, Carrillo, Živković, Pizzi, Cervi, Rafa Silva and Celis

Forwards: Raúl Jiménez, Jonas, Mitroglou and Gonçalo Guedes




Rui, Raúl and Rafa respond to Lisbon derby triumph

Sport Lisboa e Benfica and Sporting Clube de Portugal contested the age-old Lisbon derby this Sunday at a packed Estádio da Luz. More than 63,000 fans were in attendance to witness a thrilling match in which Benfica got the better of their neighbours and arch-rivals. Heading into the match, the Lions sat second in the table – just two points behind Benfica – and were eager to knock the Eagles off their perch at the top of the Liga NOS.




Highlights: Benfica 2 - 1 Sporting




Vitória plays down talk of Jonas comeback

Jonas

Benfica and Sporting go head-to-head at the Estádio da Luz tonight, knowing that the winner will top the Liga NOS at the end of Matchweek 13. With just two points separating the sides, Rui Vitória is expecting a stern test of his team's title credentials.




Match Preview: Benfica x Sporting

Kostas Mitroglou

David Pritchett, Bruno Ribeiro, Megan Robertson and Luís Filipe Amante discuss the big issues ahead of the 299th Derby de Lisboa, as Benfica and Sporting prepare for a titanic tussle at the Estádio da Luz on Sunday evening.




Squad List: Benfica x Sporting

Benfica have been buoyed by the return of Jonas ahead of Sunday's Lisbon derby at the Estádio da Luz. The Brazilian marksman has been included in Rui Vitória's preliminary squad, although it is unclear whether he will start the game or even make the substitutes' bench.

Eliseu (thigh) and Álex Grimaldo (abdomen) remain sidelined, so André Almeida is expected to continue at left-back. André Horta (thigh) is also absent, while Guillermo Celis has been overlooked.

Sunday's match kicks off at 18:00 in Lisbon, and will be refereed by Jorge Sousa.

Goalkeepers: Ederson, Júlio César and Paulo Lopes

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

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

Forwards: Raúl Jiménez, Jonas, Mitroglou and Gonçalo Guedes




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