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Europa League Preview: Fenerbahce - Benfica

Europa League Preview: Fenerbahce - Benfica

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The Turkish outfit is aiming to qualify for its first-ever European final, but will be wary of Jorge Jesus' men, as the road to Amsterdam reaches its penultimate stage.

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

FENERBAHCE
Fenerbahce
Volkan
Gonul, Yobo, Korkmaz, Ziegler

Meireles, Sahin, Baroni
Kuyt, Erkin
Webo

BENFICA

Arthur
Pereira, Luisao, Garay, Melgarejo

Matic, Perez
Salvio, Lima, Gaitan
Cardozo

Fenerbahce boss Aykut Kocaman has no pressing injury issues ahead of the first-leg of his side's Europa League semifinal against Benfica on Thursday evening.

Dirk Kuyt and Pierre Webo are expected to continue their striking partnership, despite the 2-0 defeat to Gençlerbirligi in their Super Lig last weekend. Moussa Sow and Salih Ucan are pushing for starts, though Kocaman isn't expected to differ too much from Sunday's fixture.

Meanwhile, Benfica coach Jorge Jesus has been boosted by the news that Ezequiel Garay has recovered from a slight knock suffered in last weekend's 2-0 win over Sporting.

Oscar Cardozo started that fixture, with Jesus mulling over whether to field the Paraguay international up front in Istanbul, with Ola John waiting in the wings.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Fenerbahce qualified for its first-ever major continental semifinal by beating Lazio in the previous round.
  • The Turkish outfit has won three of its six games against Portuguese opposition - with a two out of three record on home soil.
  • Aykut Kocaman's side is unbeaten in the Europa League since the turn of the year - winning three and drawing three of its six fixtures.
  • Benfica is the only side left in the competition to not have lost a Europa League game this term.
  • The Portuguese outfit is hoping to reach the final in Amsterdam - the scene of its European Cup triumph in 1962 over Real Madrid.
  • The last time these two sides faced each other in European competition Benfica won 7-1 on aggregate. That scoreline in the first leg remains Fener's heaviest European defeat to date.
  • Benfica's Eduardo Salvio holds the joint-highest number of appearances in the Europa League, amassing total of 31 since the competition was re-branded in 2009-10.

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16Reto ZieglerDefender
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14Ezequiel GarayDefender
28L. MelgarejoStriker
33Jardel Nivaldo VieiraDefender
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18Toto SalvioMidfielder
21Nemanja MatićMidfielder
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