Barcelona vs. Benfica: Champions League Preview, Team News, Projected Lineups
Barcelona hosts Benfica for their final group match of the Champions League and Bleacher Report is bringing you a preview of the match.
The Spanish club has already qualified for the next stage while Benfica fights it out with Celtic for the remaining spot.
As long as the Portuguese club matches Celtics result against Spartak, they should go through.
Here is the preview for tomorrow's Champions League clash.
Barcelona Team News
Tito Vilanova has chosen to rest six of his usual starters for this Champions League tie (via FCBarcelona.com).
This game will likely mark a chance for Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique to resume their defensive partnership as they have both been selected.
One other key name on the team sheet is that of Lionel Messi. The diminutive Argentine will get his first chance to tie Gerd Muller's long-standing record if he scores a goal on the night.
Benfica Team News
Gerard Pique is reportedly wary of Benfica's attacking threat and with reason (See his comments here on Goal.com).
While they haven't been able to translate that into their European games so far, with only five goals in five games, the attacking threat is there (stats courtesy of UEFA.com).
Barcelona Projected Lineup (4-3-3)
Pinto; Montoya, Pique, Puyol, Adriano; Song, Thiago, Sergi Roberto; Tello, Messi, Villa
Benfica Projected Lineup (4-4-2)
Artur; Pereira, Luisao, Garay, Melgarejo; Salvio, Matic, Perez, Gaitan; Lima, Cardozo
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