Benfica vs. Barcelona: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

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Benfica vs. Barcelona: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview
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From left to right, Rodrigo, Jardel, Ezequiel Garay and Nemanja Matić.

Most of the current S.L. Benfica players weren't even born the last time that SLB defeated Spanish opposition at home, but the 2012 club looks to change that when rival Barcelona rolls into Lisbon on Tuesday.

Benfica fans are aware that it's been 30 years since the Eagles beat a Spanish opponent on their home turf and about 50 years since they hoisted the UEFA Champions League trophy.

Barca comes in after squeaking out a win in their opening game against Spartak Moskva, and they now face the tough task of trying to take the Portuguese fans out of Benfica's first home game.

Reality sets in on Tuesday, and everything will come down to which club executes better in the early-season matchup.

 

Where: Sport Lisboa e Benfica Stadium in Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal

When: October 2, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. EDT

TV/Live Stream: Fox Soccer Plus

 

Benfica: Coming off of a moral victory against Celtic.

Benfica's game against Celtic concluded in a scoreless draw, but the team was able to spin the result into a positive.

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Rodrigo was pleased with a draw against Celtic in Benfica's UEFA Champions League opener.

Eagles forward Rodrigo was pleased with the teams' effort as he told UEFA.com.

"In the end it was a fair result. We created enough opportunities to win but the ball always hit someone and we could not score. It was a positive result for us."

Benfica was a little more aggressive than Celtic. They had more attempts on goal, but they also committed more fouls and had less possession time.

As Rodrigo alluded to, they have some good things to take into the Barcelona game, but they will have to keep their aggression up and their fouls down.

With key Barcelona defenders Carles Puyol and Gerard Piqué not playing in the game, expect SLB to be very aggressive offensively and look to score early.

The return of Eduardo Salvio and the acquisition of Brazilian forward Lima from SC Braga should also help to make the Eagles' home opener a victorious one. 

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Barcelona: Narrowly Escaped Spartak Moskva, but at what cost? 

Down a goal with just 18 minutes left to play, Lionel Messi put on his superman cape and scored two late goals.

In spite of their thrilling victory, Barcelona lost Piqué to a foot injury.

Losing Piqué is an unlucky blow for Barcelona, but girlfriend Shakira appears to be happy to spend more time with him, as they're pictured together here.

Puyol is already out for six weeks with a knee injury, and it appears that Piqué will be on the shelf for three weeks.

Barcelona's head coach Tito Vilanova gave the consummate coaches answer when he was asked how he feels about his better defenders being injured.

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“We have a subsidiary. No problem. Hopefully Piqué recovers soon, but if not, we will select another player.” the Barcelona coach said.

Barca was fortunate to pull out the victory in their opener over Spartak, but their injured defenders could cost them when they face a hungry Benfica club.

 

Prediction

SLB is hungry for their first win and doing it against a rival who is limping in looks inevitable.

It wouldn't shock anybody if Messi took over the game, but Benfica should be inspired to shut down Messi, as they'll be playing in front of their home crowd.

The 30-year drought of not beating a Spanish opponent at home looks as if it may come to an end on Tuesday.

3-2, Benfica wins. 

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