Vitória lends his support to Rafa and Samaris

Benfica welcome Marítimo to the Estádio da Luz on Friday night, and should expect no favours from a side that occupy sixth place in the Liga NOS. Besides Vitória de Setúbal, the Madeiran outfit are the only team to have defeated the Eagles in a league fixture this season, and their defensive record is bettered only by Porto and Benfica.




Squad List: Benfica x Marítimo

Rui Vitória has made just one change to the squad that scraped a 1-0 victory over Moreirense on Matchweek 28. Lisandro López is not injured, but has apparently been dropped. Jardel (ankle) and Raúl Jiménez (thigh) are both still unavailable.

Friday's match at the Estádio da Luz begins at 18:15 local time.

Goalkeepers: Ederson and Júlio César

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

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

Forwards: Jonas and Mitroglou




Highlights: Moreirense 0 - 1 Benfica




Squad List: Moreirense x Benfica

Benfica have taken 21 players to northern Portugal for their league clash with Moreirense on Sunday. Ederson, Eliseu and Kostas Mitroglou all return after being rested against Estoril in midweek, with Paulo Lopes and Luka Jović making way.

Jardel (ankle) and Raúl Jiménez (thigh) remain in the treatment room. Jonas is struggling to shake off a knock he picked up against FC Porto, so it is unclear whether the Brazilian will start.

Sunday’s game at the Parque Joaquim de Almeida Freitas gets underway at 20:15 local time.

Goalkeepers: Ederson and Júlio César

Defenders: Lisandro, Grimaldo, Luisão, Lindelöf, Eliseu, André Almeida and Nélson Semedo

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

Forwards: Jonas and Mitroglou




Highlights: Benfica 3 - 3 Estoril (5:4 agg.)




Squad List: Benfica x Estoril

Rui Vitória has called up 20 players for the second leg of Benfica's Portuguese Cup semi-final with Estoril. The Eagles have a 2-1 lead to protect, and if they prevail, they will face Vitória de Guimarães in next month's final.

Benfica's coach has taken the opportunity to rest Ederson, Eliseu and Kostas Mitroglou, who are not 100% fit. Raúl Jiménez (thigh) and Jardel (ankle) remain unavailable, while Paulo Lopes and André Horta rejoin the squad. Álex Grimaldo and Ljubomir Fejsa will be looking to make their long-awaited injury comebacks, although Fejsa is unlikely to start.

Wednesday's game at the Estádio da Luz kicks off at 20:15 local time. You can catch a live HD stream of the game at OZ.com. Click here for more details.

Goalkeepers: Júlio César and Paulo Lopes

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

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

Forwards: Jonas and Jović




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Vitória: "My team deserved the victory for their exhibition"

Benfica were held to a 1-1 draw by FC Porto in Saturday night’s Clássico at the Estádio da Luz. For the first time in Rui Vitória’s tenure, the Eagles dominated a match against their northern rivals, but after Jonas’ seventh minute penalty, they were unable to convert their superiority into more goals. Maxi Pereira scored the visitors' second half equaliser against his former club, before Iker Casillas took centre-stage with a string of stunning saves.




Highlights: Benfica 1 - 1 Porto




Squad List: Benfica x Porto

Rui Vitória has named a 21-man preliminary squad for Saturday's hotly anticipated Clássico. Victor Lindelöf and Eliseu have both shaken off knocks picked up on international duty, but Raúl Jiménez has not been so lucky; the Mexican striker could be out for two to three weeks with a right thigh injury. Luka Jović has taken his place.

Raúl is joined in the treatment room by Jardel, who has sprained his left ankle. The Brazilian's injury presents a rare opportunity to Lisandro López, who returns to the first team squad.

Álex Grimaldo has resumed full training after abdominal surgery, although it is unclear whether he is fit to start this weekend. He replaces Marcelo Hermes. Ljubomir Fejsa and Filipe Augusto have both recovered from their ankle injuries, but André Horta is conspicuous by his absence.

Saturday's game at the Estádio da Luz gets underway at 20:30 local time and will be officiated by Carlos Xistra.

Goalkeepers: Ederson and Júlio César

Defenders: Lisandro, Grimaldo, Luisão, Lindelöf, 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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