Benfica vs Chelsea – Match preview and team news

Chelsea travel to Benfica, with the knowledge that both Manchester sides were knocked out of the Champions League by Portguese clubs, and will be looking to avoid a hat-trick at the Estadio da Luz tonight. It is a game that will also see defender David Luiz, and midfielder Ramires come up against their old teammates.

Chelsea arrive in the quarter finals of the Champions League having defeated Napoli after extra time in the last round. The Blues have now won four of their last six games, all under interim manager Roberto Di Matteo, although they have dropped points in their last two matches, losing to Manchester City away from home, and drawing at Stamford Bridge against fourth place Spurs.

Benfica have been unbeaten in their previous five ties, starting with the 2-0 home victory over Zenit in the last round of the Champions League, and including a 3-2 home win over Porto, who currently sit one place above Benfica in second.

David Luiz will have to wait to see if he will replace Gary Cahill or John Terry in the Chelsea defence, meanwhile Fernando Torres is set to start up-front, partnered ina forward line with Juan Mata, and one of Daniel Sturridge or Didier Drogba. Branislav Ivanovic starts at right-back ahead of Jose Bosingwa.

For Benfica defender Ezequiel Garay should be replaced with Jardel, and Pablo Aimar will return to central midfield. Star performers Nicol

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