Benfica vs Chelsea: Team News, Likely Line-up & Predicted Score

By on March 27, 2012

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Torres or Drogba - Who will start tonight?

Chelsea get back to Champions League action tonight as they take on Benfica in the first leg of their quarter-final clash at the Estadio da Luz.

Roberto Di Matteo guided the Blues to the quarter finals after a stunning comeback against Italian side Napoli. Trailing 3-1 after the first leg, Chelsea ran out 5-4 aggregate winners after a thrilling night at the Bridge which ended with defender Branislav Ivanovic hitting an extra time winner.

Benfica have an impressive home record in Europe and are unbeaten in their last 10 games at the Estadio da Luz. Chelsea go into the game looking to improve upon their disappointing away record in Europe this season, after failing to secure a win in four away games so far.

Team news

Blues boss Roberto Di Matteo has no fresh injury worries following Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Tottenham. Gary Cahill and John Terry started at the weekend and it’s likely the pair will continue their partnership tonight.

Branislav Ivanovic is likely to be recalled after missing the Spurs game. Ivanovic came through a training session yesterday so should replace Bosingwa at right back.

The big decision for Di Matteo will be who to select up front. Didier Drogba started at the weekend but Fernando Torres is pushing for a recall.

Likely Line-up

Chelsea vs Benfica

Predicted Score

Make no mistake, this is going to be an extremely tough game for Chelsea. Benfica came through a group that included Manchester United and held the Premier League champions on both occasions they played them. Roberto Di Matteo would no doubt take a score draw before the game, and i can see the Blues getting exactly that. Benfica 1-1 Chelsea.

What are your thoughts on the game? Get involved in the comments section below…

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20 Comments

  1. Raymond Decelis

    March 27, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    If our boys work hard enough, YESSS, I beleive that we can get a favourable result. If you beleive it you can achieve it. Good luck to our favourite team.

    Ray

  2. kola

    March 27, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    In my own i m look at it that benfica1-3chelsea one goal from ramieres,drogba,mata

  3. neyo

    March 27, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    U guys having been saying sensible things
    I wonna chip in dis point, cavani is strong n he has pace, that’s wat we nid in chelsea, sum1 dat can struggle 4d ball even if d midfeild is nt doing anytin cavani can du dat bur we ll nid d support of 2wings bcos we only av 1 wing working which is sturridge bur he is nt experience enof bur as time goes on he ll b. So we nid a very fast skillful winger dat can deliver gud pass nd across.

    Talking abt 2nites match if RDM will b using dis formation we ar doomed to fail.
    D best tin e can du is to use 4231 pairing lampad nd mikel at d blocking 4 position while mata plays in front of dem struridge at d left side nd ramires at d rait side he shud use torress den drogba will cum in change d game to 442 cos we nid to win

  4. Quadri bisiriyu

    March 27, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    I believe that torres is rigth person to start the game this night.

  5. yussif ham

    March 27, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    chelsea will beat benfica by 2-1..Goal drogba, cahill ..

  6. ron

    March 27, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    hv said before n wil say it again.OBI MIKEL MUST PLAY.wats wrong with some of our chelsea fans,surely cant you see by selecting essien and lampard we are playing names only.If de matteo keeps selecting players due to their history and influence i hope Roman sacks him as soon as season is over.Essien is a liability these days,lampard is hit and miss but better than essien i guess.On strikers play drodga,he is too powerful for benfica.

  7. mikel jacob

    March 27, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    chelsea the pride of london, i have my trust in them when they are playing champions leagea go well chelsea play them all love the blues we are great chelsea 2 benifica 0 yes believe these till then.

  8. Okiinny

    March 27, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    Africans chelsea fc fans wnt F.torres to start the game and Sturridg shld strt from the beach.

  9. murphy

    March 27, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    blues for life the coach shld start mikel obi as d strting 4. chelsea shld play 4,1,3,2 formation two strikers drogba and torres midfield mata, remires, sturriage. defences ivanovic, terry, cole, luiz……

  10. emmajames

    March 27, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    i thing di matoe shld start with,DD up front n play mikel as a defend midf,becus essen is no more,we need some one dat can calm down the ball in mid fild n set passes,

  11. kiran

    March 27, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    no!!!!!!!!!! i think chelsea is gonna win 2-1 cauze with mata and torres in form chelsea will be a great team

  12. Noor Zaman

    March 27, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    I think chelsea should intend a win so they can make a draw and if work hard they can win it. and chelsea should play
    with attacking formation

  13. IKEWUCHI SUNDAY

    March 27, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    chelsea should let go of this Essien guy…mikel and torres should stat 2day…i beliv blue ll shine

  14. Poker

    March 27, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Mikel, luiz, torres, ramires and terry must start if we want to win 2nit’s game. Stur and essien wil start from d bench if at all. Blues 4eva!

  15. Iheanyi orji

    March 27, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    Pls coach,start luis from the midfield defence, i know the guy will do well there and not from the rightback,do it 2 day ,we will all smill

  16. KIM

    March 27, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    If Chelsea piay the way they played against Napoli at stamford bridge they can progress to the semis

  17. Olakunle

    March 27, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    It will a great match tonite but i prefer drogba to start b’cos he as some physical attacking position. All want dat torres should set on bench and watch d game and put is fittness in 2nite game.

  18. John oluseye

    March 27, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Victory is sure tonight. Let d coach start torres up front wit mikel as d defensive midfielder.

  19. John nm micheal

    April 4, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    I want d mattio 2 start torres & luis as defeder.bcos we are goin 4 a win even barca cn nt stop d blues 2 shine.

  20. G.BLUE

    April 4, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    blues to the top.

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