The Champions League returns to our screens this week and over in Group H, Benfica and Maccabi Haifa collide in Lisbon for a must-win contest on Tuesday at 8pm (UK time).
In what is the first-ever European meeting between Benfica and Maccabi Haifa, the stakes could not be higher. Drawn into a daunting group containing continental heavyweights Juventus and PSG, an early defeat here for either side would surely spell immediate danger of progressing. Benfica reached the quarter-finals last season, but are now without former talisman Darwin Nunez, while Maccabi Haifa lost all six of their group matches without scoring a single goal during their previous appearance in the competition’s groups.
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Where to watch Benfica v Maccabi Haifa on TV:
- UK: BT Sport 8
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Benfica team news
Julian Draxler could get his Benfica debut on Tuesday, though not from the start, as he continues to get used to his new team following a move from PSG. Roger Schmidt saw two of his players sent off on Friday night in Benfica’s 2-1 win over Vizela, but both Joao Mario and Goncalo Ramos will be available for selection here as those domestic indiscretions don’t affect European competition.
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Maccabi Haifa team news
There are concerns over the availability of Raz Meir and Mahmoud Jaber, but Barak Bakhar should have a near enough fit squad to travel to the Portuguese capital. Haitian forward Frantzdy Pierrot joined the club at the start of the summer from Guingamp and he top scored for them in the Champions League qualifiers with five crucial goals to get them to the groups. Dolev Haziza meanwhile was the club’s top assist provider, setting up his team-mates on five occasions. Both players should have huge parts to play at the Estadio da Luz.
Scoreline prediction: Benfica 2-0 Maccabi Haifa
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