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Monday, 3 November 2014

Benfica vs Monaco Match preview - 04/11/2014 UEFA Champions League

Options Benfica to qualify for second round of the Champions League go through their match against Monaco, in need of the three points to keep alive the dream of passing round, while the team of the Principality seeks rate to approach the knockout.

With a poor record of one draw and two defeats in their first three group matches, Lisbon's victory imperiously need to right the ship, while the Monegasque team (second in the standings with five points) would take a giant step on their way to the next phase if to triumph at his rival.

After 0-0 recorded two weeks ago in the confrontation that measured the same players, the match will on Tuesday with the incentive to see the Stadium of Light to the young Portuguese Bernardo Silva promise, Benfica property and playing on loan to the French emblem.

The pressure around the set of the "Eagles" is maximal after his disappointing performance in Europe, so the game slump suffered in recent weeks adds.

The loss this summer stalwarts of the team as Garay Argentine, Brazilian or Spanish Rodrigo Siqueira Moreno seems to have taken a toll on the functioning of the squad led by Jorge Jesus, who still continues to lead the national championship with a one point advantage over closest rivals Porto.

To reassemble in Europe will be without the contribution of the left side Eliseu, who started this early season and was injured over the weekend by a fracture in his left foot that can leave it out for several weeks.

Neither is available Brazilian striker Jonas because they came with the championship already begun and could not be registered in the Champions League

The main reason for the passionate fan enthusiasm "beefy" is the discovery of Brazilian striker Talisca, a young pearl just 20 years despite his newcomer status and leads the scoring charts in the Portuguese League with eight goals in nine games.

The last one arrived last Friday with a left-footed shot from outside the area with beautifully crafted effect was sufficient to overcome the stubborn resistance of Rio Ave and earned three points.

Monaco has definitely seen better days. Monegasque tied on the final day as local versus weak Reims (1-1) this season and wander the temperate zone of the table, stripped of its stars, Colombian James Rodriguez and Radamel Falcao, and no real chance of fight for the title.