Squad List: Vitória de Guimarães x Benfica

Filip Krovinović may not be registered for Champions League duty, but the Croatian has been selected for this weekend's trip to Guimarães. Luisão and André Almeida also return to the squad after missing Tuesday night's game with Manchester United through suspension.

Álex Grimaldo has shaken off the knock that forced him to be substituted at Old Trafford. Filipe Augusto is unavailable with a left thigh injury, while Júlio César, Lisandro López, Rafa Silva and Gabriel Barbosa have all been dropped.

Sunday night's game at the Estádio D. Afonso Henriques kicks off at 18:00 local time.

Goalkeepers: Svilar and Bruno Varela

Defenders: Grimaldo, Luisão, Douglas, Eliseu, Jardel, André Almeida and Rúben Dias

Midfielders: Fejsa, Samaris, Živković, Salvio, Krovinović, Pizzi, Cervi and Diogo Gonçalves

Forwards: Raúl, Jonas and Seferović




Match Report: Manchester United 2 - 0 Benfica

Mile Svilar

Benfica’s hopes of progressing to the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League were dealt an almost fatal blow as they were defeated 2-0 by Manchester United at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.




Squad List: Manchester United x Benfica

Rui Vitória has named 22 players in his preliminary squad for Matchweek 4 of the UEFA Champions League. André Almeida and Luisão are both suspended, so Eliseu, Douglas and Jardel have been brought in to bolster Benfica's defensive options.

Filip Krovinović is not registered for European competition, and is replaced by Rafa Silva, who returns to the squad after an absence of three games. Bruno Varela is also included after three matches in the wilderness.

Tuesday night's game at Old Trafford begins at 19:45 local time, and will be officiated by Lithuanian referee Gediminas Mažeika.

Goalkeepers: Svilar, Júlio César and Bruno Varela

Defenders: Lisandro, Grimaldo, Douglas, Eliseu, Jardel and Rúben Dias

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

Forwards: Raúl, Jonas, Gabriel Barbosa and Seferović




Scout Report: Marc-Oliver Kempf

Marc-Oliver Kempf

After an underwhelming start to the 2017/18 season, Benfica look set to strengthen their squad in the January transfer window. One player that has been heavily linked with the club in recent weeks is German youth international Marc-Oliver Kempf. To learn more about the SC Freiburg defender, we spoke to Bundesliga Fanatic columnist Adrian Sertl.




Highlights: Benfica 1 - 0 Feirense




Squad List: Benfica x Feirense

Rui Vitória has made just two changes to his preliminary squad this week: Eliseu is rested, while Andreas Samaris returns after serving his domestic suspension.

Douglas has been left out, presumably to ensure he is 100% fit for the trip to Manchester in midweek, when André Almeida will be suspended. Bruno Varela, Jardel and Rafa Silva remain out of favour.

Friday's match at the Estádio da Luz will commence at 19:00 local time.

Goalkeepers: Svilar and Júlio César

Defenders: Lisandro, Grimaldo, Luisão, André Almeida and Rúben Dias

Midfielders: Fejsa, Filipe Augusto, Samaris, Živković, Salvio, Krovinović, Pizzi, Cervi and Diogo Gonçalves

Forwards: Raúl, Jonas, Gabriel Barbosa, Seferović




Highlights: Aves 1 - 3 Benfica




Squad List: Aves x Benfica

Rui Vitória has made five changes to his squad for the trip to CD Aves. Douglas has been ruled out with a sprained right ankle, and is replaced by André Almeida, whose two-match ban only applies to continental competition.

João Carvalho has been dropped in favour of Filip Krovinović, who was not registered for the Champions League group stage. Andreas Samaris is still serving a domestic suspension. Rafa Silva and Jardel are both fit, but have not been selected.

Sunday's match at the Estádio do Clube Desportivo das Aves gets underway at 18:00 local time.

Goalkeepers: Svilar and Júlio César

Defenders: Lisandro, Grimaldo, Luisão, Eliseu, Rúben Dias and André Almeida

Midfielders: Fejsa, Filipe Augusto, Pizzi, Krovinović, Salvio, Živković, Cervi and Diogo Gonçalves

Forwards: Raúl, Jonas, Gabriel Barbosa and Seferović




Benfiquistas around the Globe: Gunnleifur Gunnleifsson

Gunnleifur Gunnleifsson

In this special edition of our 'Benfiquistas around the Globe' feature, we caught up with Gunnleifur Gunnleifsson, who recently completed his 23rd season as a professional footballer. The vastly-experienced goalkeeper has represented Iceland on 26 occasions, and was part of the squad that famously qualified for Euro 2016. We quizzed Gunnleifur about his own career, his love for Benfica, and his thoughts on Mile Svilar, Júlio César, Ederson and Jan Oblak.




Match Report: Benfica 0 - 1 Manchester United

Mile Svilar

Benfica’s miserable run in the UEFA Champions League continued as they were defeated 1-0 by former manager José Mourinho’s Manchester United side at the Estádio da Luz on Wednesday night.




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