20:45 Benfica – Bayer Leverkusen

  • S.L. Benfica is the only team in Group C without chances to play in the next stage of the tournament.The Eagles have won only four points, while AS Monaco FC (2nd position) has eight – only one round before the end of the campaign in this group.
  • According to the medias, Jorge Jesus will make various changes in the starting lineup, as the Portuguese team will be without important players like Julio Cesar, Maxi Pereira, Luisao, Andreas Samaris, Nicolas Gaitan, Eduardo Salvio and Enzo Perez.
  • Unlike their opponents, the Germans have very important task in Lisbon – to finish atop of the standings in this group, which will help them to avoid teams like Real Madrid C.F., Chelsea F.C., etc. in the next round.
  • Roger Schmidt has to deal with the absence of Kyriakos Papadopoulos, Guilio Donati, Lars Bender and Stefan Reinartz, but Papadopoulos, Donati and Reinartz missed most of the games of their team over the last month.
  • Bayern 04 Leverkusen took a 3-1 victory in the first match between these two teams at “BayArena” on Oct. 1 (Bayern 04 Leverkusen – S.L. Benfica 3-1 on 01.10.2014).The Eagles won their last meeting at “Estadio da Luz” in 2013 (S.L. Benfica – Bayern 04 Leverkusen 2-1 on 21.02.2013), but the current situation is completely different.
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