January transfer window departures: Part II

Danilo

Besides the lucrative sales of Gonçalo Guedes and Hélder Costa, the signings of Filipe Augusto and Pedro Pereira, and the departure of Adel Taarabt to Genoa, there was plenty more transfer activity at Benfica during January. The majority of these transactions were outgoing loan deals. In the second of this two-part feature, we run through the foreign players that departed.




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




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.




UEFA Youth League Match Preview: PSV x Benfica

Benfica's UEFA Youth League team are aiming to advance to the quarter-finals once again in this season's edition of the prestigious under-19 tournament. They will play away for their round of 16 matchup with PSV at the Philips Stadion on Tuesday 21st February (kick-off 18:00 CET). Elijah Evans and David Pritchett preview the game.




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




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