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May 13, 2013   ·  

Benfica vs Chelsea

Venue: Amsterdam Arena

Competition: Europa League final

Benfica vs Chelsea

Chelsea have entered final of European competition for the third time in last six years and they will face Portuguese side Benfica in their conquest of winning European titles in successive seasons.

Benfica SL lost their vital league game against FC Porto which puts them in the second spot behind the Portuguese capital side by a point and with only one game remaining to play. A win at Amsterdam Arena for Benfica would be a huge morale boost ahead of the final league game.

Chelsea have already sealed a Champions League spot for next season after an impressive win against Aston Villa which not only saw them seal CL spot but also saw a history being made by Frank Lampard who broke Bobby Tambling’s record of Chelsea’s all-time top goalscorer.

Rafa Benitez has concerns over availability of Eden Hazard and John Terry. Both John Terry and Eden Hazard experienced knocks in an important game against Aston Villa in Saturday. Fernando Torres is certain to start this game since Demba Ba is cup-tied to play in the Europa League. Chelsea could go in favour of Oscar, Mata and Moses trio behind Fernando Torres featuring in 4-2-3-1 formation. Ramires is likely to start alongside David Luiz whereas Cahill and Ivanovic duo might get a chance to handle the central defence. Both Cole and Azpilicueta are expected to play the game as fullbacks.

Lima might partner John in the attacks for Benfica and an unchanged side from their last league game against Porto might be featured at this game too.

Possible Lineups:

Benfica: Artur, Luisao, Pereira, Garay, Salvio, Gaitan, Matic, Almeida, Perez, Lima, John.
Chelsea: Cech; Cole, Cahill, Ivanovic, Azpilicueta; Ramires, Luiz; Moses, Mata, Oscar; Torres.

Man to watch (Benfica vs Chelsea):

Fernando Torres (Chelsea) :- Fernando Torres has been instrumental for Chelsea FC in their Europa League campaign and it would be no surprise if he delivers for Blues’ again in Europa League to bring the second European title in two years at Stamford Bridge.

Prediction (Benfica vs Chelsea):

It’s a very difficult game to predict. But keeping the history of this fixture in mind along with the form of both the teams, we’d predict a 2-1 victory for the current Champions League holders!
You can watch the live streaming of this game here.

 

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