Highlights: Chaves 0 - 1 Benfica




Opinion: The lowdown on GD Chaves

Eduardo Salvio

Benfica face GD Chaves at the Estádio Municipal de Chaves on Monday night, to round off Matchweek 2 of the Liga NOS. How are the northern outfit shaping up ahead of the match? To find out, we chatted with Brandon, curator of the English-language newsfeed @GDChavesWorld.




Squad List: Chaves x Benfica

Rui Vitória is expected to keep faith with the starting eleven that defeated Braga on Wednesday night. Benfica are still without the injured Júlio César (left leg), Álex Grimaldo (right leg), Andrija Zivković (right thigh), André Horta (left knee) and Kostas Mitroglou (left thigh).

André Carrillo (right knee) and Filip Krovinović (hernia) are not on the official injury list, but are still not 100% fit. Andreas Samaris is suspended. Rúben Dias comes in for Aurélio Buta, while Chris Willock is recalled.

Monday night's game at the Estádio Municipal de Chaves begins at 21:00 local time.

Goalkeepers: Paulo Lopes and Bruno Varela

Defenders: Lisandro, Luisão, Eliseu, Jardel, André Almeida and Rúben Dias

Midfielders: Fejsa, Filipe Augusto, Salvio, Pizzi, Cervi, Willock, Chrien, Diogo Gonçalves, Rafa Silva and João Carvalho

Forwards: Raúl, Jonas and Seferović




Contract renewals for Portuguese trio

Andre Almeida

Benfica have tied down three of their Portuguese players to new long-term contracts. 26-year-old full-back André Almeida, whose previous deal ran until 2019, has put pen to paper on a two-year extension, while Benfica B starlets José "Zé" Gomes and João Filipe have both signed five-year contracts.




Vitória, Seferović and Jonas delighted with positive start

Benfica got their 2017/18 league campaign off to a winning start this week, defeating Braga 3-1 in Lisbon thanks to goals from Haris Seferović, Jonas and Eduardo Salvio. Immediately after the final whistle, head coach Rui Vitória paid tribute to his team and to the 58,826 supporters in attendance.




Match Report: Benfica 3 - 1 Braga

Benfica got their title defence off to a near-perfect start by defeating Braga 3-1 at the Estádio da Luz on Wednesday night, in what was their opening league game of the 2017/18 season.




Highlights: Benfica 3 - 1 Braga




Squad List: Benfica x Braga

Rui Vitória has selected 20 players in his preliminary squad for Benfica's opening league game of the 2017/18 season against SC Braga.

Álex Grimaldo is unavailable after suffering a muscle strain in Saturday's Supertaça, so Aurélio Buta has been recalled to bolster the defence. Bruno Varela should keep his place in goal with Júlio César still struggling with a left leg injury.

Also in the treatment room are Andrija Zivković (right thigh), André Carrillo (right knee), André Horta (left knee) and Kostas Mitroglou (left thigh). Filip Krovinović is getting closer to a return after hernia surgery. Andreas Samaris is suspended and Chris Willock has been dropped.

Wednesday night's match at the Estádio da Luz commences at 21:00 local time.

Goalkeepers: Paulo Lopes and Bruno Varela

Defenders: Lisandro, Luisão, Eliseu, Jardel, André Almeida and Aurélio Buta

Midfielders: Fejsa, Filipe Augusto, Salvio, Pizzi, Cervi, Chrien, Diogo Gonçalves, João Carvalho and Rafa Silva

Forwards: Raúl, Jonas and Seferović




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Squad List: Benfica x Vitória de Guimarães

Rui Vitória has named a 21-man squad for Benfica's 2017/18 curtain raiser: the Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira.

Bruno Varela is expected to start with Júlio César unable to recover from a left leg injury. Andrija Zivković (right thigh), André Carrillo (right knee), André Horta (left knee) and Kostas Mitroglou (left thigh) are also unavailable. Filip Krovinović is still rebuilding his fitness after hernia surgery.

Vitória has included just six defenders in his preliminary squad, dropping Pereira, Buta, Dias, Kalaica and Hermes. Andreas Samaris is serving the first of a four-match suspension.

Saturday's game at the Estádio Municipal de Aveiro kicks off at 20:45 local time, and will be officiated by Artur Soares Dias.

Goalkeepers: Paulo Lopes and Bruno Varela

Defenders: Lisandro, Grimaldo, Luisão, André Almeida, Jardel and Eliseu

Midfielders: Fejsa, Filipe Augusto, Salvio, Pizzi, Cervi, Willock, Chrien, Diogo Gonçalves, Rafa Silva and João Carvalho

Forwards: Raúl, Jonas and Seferović




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