Benfica will be hoping Barcelona is in the mood to rest on Wednesday.
With 12 points, Barca are in control of Group G and will advance at the top of the table whether they win or lose. The Portuguese side, however, is currently tied with Celtic at seven points and will likely need some type of result against the Spanish giants.
Normally, Barcelona would be a huge favorite, but with so little on the line, it will be interesting—and integral for Benfica fans—to see how this one plays out.
Here's a look at how to catch the action.
Where: Estadio Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain
When: Wednesday, December 5, 2:30 p.m. ET
Watch: Fox Deportes
Live Stream: Fox Soccer 2Go
Barcelona Player to Watch: Lionel Messi
You might think Messi is a good bet to be rested in a meaningless game, but according to ESPN's Dermot Corrigan, the Argentine appears set to be in the starting 11.
That's all I needed to know.
Not only is Messi the best player in the world, but with 84 goals on the calender year, he's just one away from Gerd Muller's record. No matter which way you slice it, taking your eyes off the unstoppable forward in this one would be a mistake.
Benfica Player to Watch: Eduardo Salvio
Might as well stick with the Argentina theme.
Salvio, a 22-year-old midfielder from Messi's—it's basically his by now—home country, hasn't found the back of the net in five Champions League matches for Benfica, but he's arguably been its best player.
He's consistently made threatening runs down the sidelines and set up his teammates with dangerous passes. In those five matches, the young gun has one assist to go with 1.8 key passes, 1.6 accurate crosses and 3.2 shots per game.
Benfica is going to have to be aggressive in this one, and Salvio will be important in creating goal-scoring opportunities.
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