Squad List: Benfica x Tondela

Rui Vitória has named a 20-man preliminary squad for the visit of Tondela this weekend. Victor Lindelöf and Eduardo Salvio are back after being rested against Leixões in midweek, while Branimir Kalaica returns to Benfica B.

Eliseu and Raúl Jiménez are both absent, despite not featuring on the official injury list. Danilo has travelled to Belgium to seal his switch to Standard Liège, and is replaced by Guillermo Celis, who has recovered from his knee injury. Ljubomir Fejsa (thigh) and Álex Grimaldo (abdomen) remain sidelined.

Sunday’s game at the Estádio da Luz kicks off at 16:00 local time.

Goalkeepers: Ederson and Júlio César

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

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

Forwards: Jonas, Mitroglou and Gonçalo Guedes




Vitória: "We displayed a reaction worthy of champions"

Rui Vitória

It was an afternoon to remember: a packed Estádio da Luz welcomed the 15 millionth supporter through its gates since its official opening in 2003, and the atmosphere was absolutely thrilling. After a series of convincing displays, and with the lethal fans' favourite Jonas getting back into the groove, Boavista seemed like easy prey for the Eagles.




Highlights: Benfica 3 - 3 Boavista




Vitória not expecting Boavista to "park the bus"

Boavista

Benfica meet Boavista at the Estádio da Luz on Saturday afternoon. The 2000/01 Primeira Liga champions are not quite the force they once were, but Rui Vitória is still wary of a side that have taken seven points from their last three league games, conceding just once in the process.




Squad List: Benfica x Boavista

Benfica are without five players ahead of Boavista's visit to the Estádio da Luz on Saturday afternoon. Álex Grimaldo is set to undergo surgery on his abdominal injury and should be sidelined for the next few months.

Rui Vitória is also unable to call upon Eliseu (thigh), Guillermo Celis (knee), Ljubomir Fejsa (thigh) and Raúl Jiménez (groin). Yuri Ribeiro has returned to the Benfica B squad.

Saturday's match gets underway at 16:00 in Lisbon.

Goalkeepers: Ederson and Júlio César

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

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

Forwards: Jonas, Mitroglou and Gonçalo Guedes




Vitória and Pizzi laud deadly strike duo

Benfica continued their excellent form in the Primeira Liga with a professional 2-0 win over Vitória de Guimarães at the Estadio D. Afonso Henriques on Saturday evening. Both teams had their chances in what was an even and entertaining encounter, but the Eagles were more ruthless in front of goal, as Rui Vitória acknowledged in his post-match press conference.




Highlights: Vitória de Guimarães 0 - 2 Benfica




Vitória hits back in refereeing debate

Rui Vitória

Benfica face a tough test on Saturday evening when they face Vitória de Guimarães at the Estádio D. Afonso Henriques. After a tenth-placed finish last season, the northern outfit are currently fifth in the Liga NOS, with only goal difference separating them from Sporting. A win would take them level on points with third-placed Braga, so Rui Vitória is not underestimating the scale of the task ahead.




Squad List: Vitória de Guimarães x Benfica

Rui Vitória has named a 21-man preliminary squad for Matchweek 16 of the Liga NOS. Júlio César and Eduardo Salvio are both included after recovering from their respective shoulder injuries. 

Ljubomir Fejsa, Luisão, Victor Lindelöf and Franco Cervi all return after being rested against Vizela, but Raúl Jiménez is still absent with a groin strain. Álex Grimaldo (abdomen) and Eliseu (thigh) remain in the treatment room, where they have been joined by Guillermo Celis (knee).

Saturday's game at the Estádio D. Afonso Henriques kicks off at 18:15 local time.

Goalkeepers: Ederson and Júlio César

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

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

Forwards: Jonas, Mitroglou and Gonçalo Guedes




Vitória responds to Lindelöf speculation

Victor Lindelöf

Victor Lindelöf continues to be linked with a January move to José Mourinho's Manchester United, for a fee of around €45 million. The Swede's agent, Hasan Cetinkaya, has confirmed that transfer negotiations are well underway, although he has so far refused to mention United by name. Speaking after Benfica's 2-0 win over Rio Ave on Wednesday evening, Rui Vitória conceded that the defender's departure is highly likely.




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