Opinion: The lowdown on GD Chaves

Benfica welcome GD Chaves to the Estádio da Luz on Friday night, to kick off Matchweek 23 of the Liga NOS. The Eagles claimed a hard-fought 2-0 victory against the newly-promoted outfit back in September, and will need to be at their best to repeat that result against a team with the fourth best defensive record in the league. Ahead of the match, we chatted with Brandon, creator of the excellent English-language newsfeed @GDChavesWorld.




Vitória: "It was a thrilling match"

Rui Vitória

Sport Lisboa e Benfica and Sporting Clube de Braga faced each other in an exciting match at "The Quarry" on Sunday, with the Eagles overcoming their opponents thanks a superb individual goal from Greek striker Kostas Mitroglou, with just ten minutes left on the clock. The vital 1-0 victory allowed Benfica to reclaim top spot in the Liga NOS, which had been temporarily stolen by rivals FC Porto.




Highlights: Braga 0 - 1 Benfica




Vitória weighs into refereeing debate

Rui Vitória

Benfica take on Braga at 'The Quarry' on Sunday night, needing three points to overhaul Porto at the top of the Liga NOS after the Dragons defeated Tondela on Friday. Rui Vitória is braced for a battle despite Braga's indifferent form under their new coach Jorge Simão. In the seven league games since his appointment, the Arsenalistas have triumphed just twice, and they are without a win in four league games.




Squad List: Braga x Benfica

Jonas has failed to recover from his neck injury in time for the trip to Braga. Ederson is banned after his expulsion against Arouca. The Eagles are still without Lisandro López (leg & knee) and Álex Grimaldo (abdomen).

Andrija Živković returns after serving a European suspension against Dortmund. Pedro Pereira has been dropped.

Sunday's game at the Estádio Municipal de Braga kicks off at 20:15 local time.

Goalkeepers: Júlio César and Paulo Lopes

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

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

Forwards: Raúl and Mitroglou




Highlights: Benfica 3 - 0 Arouca




Squad List: Benfica x Arouca

André Horta has fully recovered from his bruised ribs and takes his place in the Benfica squad for Friday's league game with Arouca. Raúl Jiménez has overcome his ankle problem, and replaces Serbian teenager Luka Jović.

Eduardo Salvio has suffered a recurrence of his ankle complaint, and joins Lisandro López (leg & knee) in the treatment room. Álex Grimaldo has resumed light training after his abdominal surgery, but is still some way from a comeback.

Friday's game at the Estádio da Luz begins at 20:30 local time.

Goalkeepers: Ederson and Júlio César

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

Midfielders: Fejsa, Filipe Augusto, Samaris, André Horta, Carrillo, Zivkovic, Pizzi, Cervi and Rafa Silva

Forwards: Raúl, Jonas and Mitroglou




Jonas: "This is a boost for my confidence levels"

Benfica

Benfica got back to winning ways in the Liga NOS on Sunday evening, delivering an authoritative display to beat Nacional 3-0 at the Estádio da Luz. Fans' favourite Jonas managed to get his name on the scoresheet twice in the first half, while Kostas Mitroglou added a late third. The Brazilian was awarded the man-of-the-match prize, much to his satisfaction.




Highlights: Benfica 3 - 0 Nacional




Squad List: Benfica x Nacional da Madeira

Benfica take on Nacional on Sunday, needing a win to reclaim top spot in the Liga NOS. They will have to do so without Álex Grimaldo (abdomen), Lisandro López (leg & knee), and Raúl Jiménez (ankle).

New signing Filipe Augusto goes straight into the squad, and Eduardo Salvio has recovered after his ankle sprain. Pizzi is alleged to be suffering from muscle fatigue, but has nonetheless been included. Marcelo Hermes drops out of the squad, while André Horta is still rebuilding his fitness.

Sunday's game at the Estádio da Luz kicks off at 18:00 local time.

Goalkeepers: Ederson and Júlio César

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

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

Forwards: Jonas, Mitroglou and Jović




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