Benfica vs Chelsea Live Stream and Highlights
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Date: May 15, 2013; Time: 7:45 PM BST;
Venue: Amsterdam ArenA — Amsterdam.
The Blues will be looking for 100% record against Jorge Jesus’ team. Chelsea will fight for their first Europa League title at the Amsterdam ArenA against a club which has lost just once since September. Benfica and Chelsea faces in the final of the 2012-2013 Europa League.
Benfica goes 2nd in the Portuguese Primeira Liga table with 74 points from 29 games. The Eagles have had a great season and currently are 1 point behind the leaders Porto. They have lost away to Porto 2-1 in the weekend and are very close to lose their domestic title having just one defeat in this season. Their present form has seen L,W,W,D,L from last five games in all competitions. After Porto’s winning goal in additional time, Benfica takes some negative into this final. Benfica will take part in their 9th major European final. Also, the Portuguese club has six straight European final defeats.
Chelsea stands 3rd in the English Premier League with 72 points from 37 games. The Blues have been great in the last fixtures of the EPL and has already secured Champions League spot for the next season. Their present form has seen W,W,W,D,W from last five games in all competitions. Interim coach Rafael Benitez finally has gotten his team to play the way he wants. Chelsea faced Benfica last season, when Roberto Di Matteo’s team won 1-0 in Lisbon and 2-1 at home and eliminated Jorge Jesus in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. Also, Chelsea could become the first club that could win UEFA’s top-two club competitions in succession.
Benfica steps into this match after a catastrophic last-minute defeat to Porto. Head coch Jorge Jesus doesn’t have any injury problems.
Rafa Benitez can’t count on John Terry and Eden Hazard, as both picked up injuries in 2-1 win over Aston Villa. Fernando Torres will continue in attack, as Demba Ba is cup-tied for Newcastle.
Benfica line-up: Arthur, Pereira, Luisao, Garay, Melgarejo, Matic, Perez, Salvio, Lima, Gaitan, Cardozo.
Last three matches:
Porto 2 – Benfica 1;
Benfica 1 – Estoril 1;
Benfica 3 – Fenerbahçe 1.
Chelsea line-up: Cech, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic, Cole, Luiz, Ramires, Oscar, Mata, Moses, Torres.
Last three matches:
Aston Villa 1 – Chelsea FC 2;
Chelsea FC 2 – Tottenham 2;
Manchester United 0 – Chelsea FC 1.