MATCH PREVIEW: BENFICA VS FC BARCELONA

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The Catalans travel to Portugal for the Champions League

Match Preview – FC Barcelona will travel to Portugal to face Benfica in the second round of the UEFA Champions League group stage game on Wednesday. The Catalans look for their first win in the competition after losing to Bayern Munich at Camp Nou on an opening day fixture. Benfica also looks for their first win after a goalless draw against Dynamo Kyiv.

Benfica fired 20 shots while Kyiv had 8, but neither side scored in the game two weeks ago. Jorge Jesus’ side had to overcome Spartak Moscow and PSV in the qualifying rounds to get into the European top-flight. The Portuguese has had a perfect domestic start, as they have won all seven games in the league so far. Their new signing Roman Yaremchuk got a brace this weekend as they beat Vitoria Guimaraes on Sunday.

A goal from Thomas Muller and a Lewandoski brace saw Bayern beat Barcelona 3-0 at the Camp Nou on an opening day, Group E fixture. The Blaugrana have not had the best of league starts either, having drawn three of the last five games. In addition, the future of Ronald Koeman is still in the air, and there’s no replacement found by the club yet.

Ansu Fati
Ansu Fati

FC Barcelona is slowly getting back to their best after a tumultuous start to the season. They won the last game against Levante at Camp Nou in the Barca style. The cherry on the cake is the comeback of Ansu Fati who scored on his return. The new number 10 is more than ready to play for the team after being out for nine months. A youthful Barca side is shaping up for Laporta, ready to compete at the highest level, but there’s a long way to go.

TEAM NEWS

Benfica

Lucas Verissimo is back from his European ban this week.

Adel Taarabt is available for the Champions League matches after his domestic suspension.

Haris Seferovic is expected to remain out until after the international break.

FC Barcelona

Ansu Fati is back in the squad and will make a substitute appearance in the game.

Pedri and Alba are also fit to play in the game. Frenkie De Jong will also start in midfield.

Sergio Aguero, Martin Brathwaite, and Ousmane Dembele are long-term injuries.

Alejandro Balde (back) and Sergi Roberto (gastrointestinal) are also uncertain.

EXPECTED LINEUPS

Benfica

Vlachodimos; Verissimo, Otamendi, Vertonghen; Pizzi, Weigl, Mario, Grimaldo; Silva, Yaremchuk, Nunez

FC Barcelona

Ter Stegen; Mingueza, Pique, Araujo, Dest; F. de Jong, Busquets, Pedri; Demir, L. de Jong, Depay

FC Barcelona squad list
FC Barcelona squad list travelling to Portugal to face Benfica.

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