Benfica is facing the French giant Lyon.Benfica lie third in the group standings with just one win so far - at home to Hapoel Tel-Aviv - and need maximum points to keep alive their hopes of a top-two finish.They warmed up for the European encounter with a 2-0 victory over Pacos de Ferreira, which ensured they remain second in the domestic Liga.Coach Jorge Jesus has few injury worries ahead of the visit of Lyon, although midfielder Ruben Amorim and striker Oscar Cardozo are both victims of knee injuries.Benfica is very strong at home ,after losing the first match of the season with 1:2 from Academica then they got 6 straight wins.
Lyon got 3 from 3 wins so far and need only 3 points from the other 3 games to secure progress from the group stage.Lyon is starting to play better in France after distastours start of the season.A 2-1 result over Sochaux at the weekend gave the players a further lift, and defender Cris wants to see them carry that performance onto the European stage.Puel, who has come under close scrutiny in recent weeks because of their Ligue 1 position, hopes the weekend success has not taken too much out of his players ahead of the trip to Lisbon.The victory has already come at a cost for Puel, with striker Lisandro Lopez ruled out for three weeks with a thigh injury, while Michel Bastos picked up a knock and is doubtful.Jean Il Makoun is also carrying an injury and Miro Panjic is troubled by a hamstring strain.
Frenchmen got very important game during the next weekend - away with Stade Rennais - 2nd in the table , and i expect french coach will rotate his team keeping his best player fresh , and i doubt he is gonna risk the light injury once in such game.Anyway Lyon got home game against Hepoel and 3 points there are securing the progress.
Roberto, Moreira- Maxi Pereira, Luisão, Sidnei, David Luiz, César Peixoto, Fábio Coentrão - Airton, Javi Garcia, Felipe Menezes, Carlos Martins, Aimar, Salvio - Saviola, Kardec, Nuno Gomes, Weldon, Jara
Lyon's group of players, made by:
Lloris, Vercoutre - Kolodziejczak, Cris, Diakhaté, Lovren, Réveillère, Gassama - Makoun, Källström, Gonalons, Pjanic, Pied, Bastos, Gourcuff, Grenier - Lacazette, Briand, Gomis, Belfodil
I expect strong home side , full motivated for 3 points
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