Benfica: Oblak; Pereira, Garay, Luisao, Siqueira; Perez, Fejsa; Rodrigo, A, Gomes, Gaitan; Lima.
Maxi Pereira is back in the roster, returning from his suspension in the second leg against AZ Alkmaar. Ljubomir Fejsa and Nicolas Gaitan are still doubts, while Azevedo and Eduardo Salvio are both sidelined with injuries.
Juventus: Buffon; Caceres, Bonucci, Chiellini; Lichtsteiner, Marchisio, Pirlo, Pogba, Asamoah; Llorente, Giovinco.
Juventus will have to do without superstar Arturo Vidal, who is sidelined due to a knee injury. Carlos Tevez is set to return to action, but may not be risked from the start, the same goes for Andrea Barzagli who had already returned during Saturday’s 1-0 win over Bologna. Bonucci and Lichtsteiner, who had both been suspended last weekend, will return to the set-up and are expected to start.
101GG Betting Tip:
Benfica, the freshly crowned Portuguese champions, will be hosting the Serie A frontrunner and soon-to-be titleholders Juventus in Estadio da Luz, where the Portuguese have yet to lose a match in their current season, across all competitions.
Both teams are arriving in the game with great momentum, Juventus having won their last league game against Bologna, which saw them open up an 8 point lead over Roma in their domestic campaign, and Benfica, having beaten Olhanense last Saturday, which secured them their 33rd league title.
The Portuguese who were last season’s runners-up in the competition, will look to correct their disastrous finish of last year, when they lost the league, the cup and the Europa League within only one week.
Juventus manager Antonio Conte can look forward to his Argentinian striker Carlos Tevez returning from injury, but will have to manage without his Chilean superstar Arturo Vidal who is sidelined with a knee injury.
101GG predicts: Benfica 2 – Juventus 1.
Some essential facts to help with online betting:
Both teams are unbeaten in the Europa League since they parachuted into the competition after finishing third in their respective Champions League groups.
The teams have met only twice before, in the 1968 European Cup semi-finals and the 1992/93 UEFA Cup quarter-finals, when the current Juventus coach Antonio Conte played in both legs of a 4-2 aggregate win for the Italians.
This will be Juve’s first semi-final appearance in Europe since 2003, when they eventually lost the Champions League final to Milan on penalties.
Benfica are unbeaten in their last 12 home European encounters, while their record at Estadio da Luz in the Europa League is outstanding, with 15 wins and two draws coming from their 17 matches.