Thursday, April 24, 2014

Benfica vs Juventus - Competition: UEFA Europa League
Match date: 24 April 2014 - Kick Off Time: 20:05 GMT
Venue: Estadio da Luz

Portuguese giants Benfica host Scudetto holders Juventus in the Europa League semi-finals first leg just few days after clinching the Primeira Liga title.
Benfica enter this monumental clash with the Italian giants as the current leaders of the Portuguese Primeira Liga. With a 7-point lead on Sporting Lisbon, the Eagles have officially put an end to a 3-year league title drought that saw crosstown rivals FC Porto establish a brief dynasty. The hosts started the season in disappointing fashion, losing to Maritimo on the road 2-1. But then it all started clicking, as the Lisbon-based club have currently strung together 27 league games unbeaten. They managed an astonishing 23 wins in that stretch, including taking all 3 points from their last 11 matches. Furthermore, they’ve kept 5 straight clean sheets in league action. Cardozo and Rodrigo always pose a threat in attack for the Eagles, and their experience could prove vital when dealing with a tough Juve backline. The hosts will certainly have their hands full with one of the most talented midfields in the world, but they’re also eager to correct 2013′s disappointing last-minute loss to Chelsea in the finals.
Probable lineups Benfica: Moraes – Pereira, Luisao, Garay, Siqueira – Salvio, Andre Gomes, Perez, Gaitan – Lima, Rodrigo
JJuventus are also set to win their domestic title, which would give them a third successive Serie A success. They have an eight point lead at the top of Serie A with just four rounds of matches remaining. The Bianconeri  managed to lose their second game of the season last week when they faced third placed Napoli at the end of March. Since then they have done pretty well of late, winning their last five fixtures in all competitions.
Bonucci and  Lichtsteiner, both suspended last weekend, will be recalled. Tevez continues to battle a thigh niggle for Juve, but Andrea Barzagli did return in Saturday's 1-0 win over Bologna. Vidal is doubtful too and the Chilean, just like Tevez, is unlikely to be risked from the start.
Probable lineups Juventus: Buffon – Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini – Isla, Marchisio, Pirlo, Pogba, Asamoah – Llorente, Tevez.

You can watch the match here: Link 1 , Link 2 [Live Scores]

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