Benfica vs. Chelsea: Champions League Team News, Preview, Predicted Lineups

Mikhail Turner@MikhailTurnerContributor IIIMarch 26, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 18:  Fernando Torres of Chelsea runs during the FA Cup sixth round match between Chelsea and Leicester City at Stamford Bridge on March 18, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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Benfica welcomes Chelsea to the Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica tomorrow, Tuesday 26th of March, in a first round quarterfinal tie.

While Benfica was always in control of its last tie, coming out 4-3 winners aggregate winners over Zenit St. Petersburg with two away goals, Chelsea had to stage a dramatic comeback against Napoli.

That victory over Napoli, and a little turn in form over the last few games, will give Chelsea plenty of confidence. Still, they face a team that is unbeaten in its last 10 European games at home.

This should end up being an interesting battle between a club with tons of European pedigree, and a team that is still yet to fulfill its owners expectations in Europe.

Benfica Team News

Benfica currently sits second in the Portuguese league and boast one of the top scorers in Europe with Oscar Cardozo.

This team has won four of its last five games, and that type of form has the team confident of a positive result.


Chelsea Team News

While results against Manchester city and Tottenham weren't the best, Chelsea has seemed a more capable side in recent weeks.

Frank Lampard still thinks there is a lot to do though.

This game provides interim manager Robert Di Matteo with another chance to impress Roman Abramovich.


Predicted Lineups

Benfica: Artur; Pereira, Emerson, Luisao, Jardel; Garcia, Gaitan, Witsel; Cardozo, Oliviera, Nolito

Chelsea: Cech; Boswinga, Cahill, Terry, Cole; Essien, Mikel; Ramires, Lampard, Mata; Torres