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UEFA Champions League

  • September 20, 2012
  • • 02:45
  • • Celtic Park, Glasgow
  • Referee: N. Rizzoli
  • • Attendance: 57759

Celtic - Benfica Preview: Hoops looking to continue 100% home record in Europe this season

Celtic - Benfica Preview: Hoops looking to continue 100% home record in Europe this season

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The Old Firm club fell foul to St Johnstone in the SPL last time out, but the Scottish champions will undoubtedly step up their game against their Portuguese opponents



 Lustig, Wilson, Mulgrew, Izaguirre
 Forrest, Wanyama, Brown, Commons
Hooper, Miku

 Pereira, Vitor, Garay, Melgarejo
Salvio, Martins, Aimar, Nolito
Cardozo, Rodrigo

Celtic will be without mercurial striker Gerogios Samaras (thigh) for the visit of Benfica after thee Greek forward pick up an injury on international duty.

Scott Brown (hip) has expressed his desire to step up his recovery in recent weeks but the clash at Parkhead is likely to come too early for him.

Thomas Rogne was recently fined by the Glasgow club after making comments on Twitter about his disappointment over his contract, and it is unclear whether he will be included or not.

The visitors may be without experienced defender Luisao. The Brazilian has been given a two-month domestic ban after an incident in pre-season and, while the suspension does not directly affect European football, he is unlikely to play.

  • Celtic are competing in the group stage for the seventh time and have made it to the last 16 twice before.
  • Neil Lennon's side have already posted two victories at home in this season's competition, beating HJK Helsinki 2-1 in the third qualifying round and Helsingborgs 2-0 in the play-offs.
  • Benfica reached the quarter-finals last season, their best campaign since 2005-06 and only the third time they have got beyond the group stage in seven attempts.
  • The Lisbon club went five away games unbeaten from the third qualifying round through the group stage last season, but lost their knockout matches at Zenit St Petersburg and Chelsea.
  • The two sides faced each other in the 2007-08 group stage, each picking up a 1-0 win.
  • Celtic have recorded nine wins and one draw from ten home matches against Portuguese opponents. Their most recent visitors were SC Braga for a Champions League qualifier in 2010-11 but a 2-1 victory failed to undo the damage of a 3-0 away defeat in Neil Lennon's first European tie as manager.


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Available Squads
34Fraser ForsterGoalkeeper
2Adam MatthewsDefender
3E. IzaguirreDefender
6Kelvin WilsonDefender
21Charles MulgrewDefender
-M. LustigDefender
8Scott BrownMidfielder
15Kris CommonsMidfielder
49James ForrestMidfielder
12Victor WanyamaMidfielder
24Lukasz ZaluskaGoalkeeper
15E. AmbroseDefender
18Thomas RogneDefender
30Paul SlaneMidfielder
36Niouoi LassadStriker
11Gary HooperStriker
-Tony WattStriker
14Ezequiel GarayDefender
28L. MelgarejoStriker
33Jardel Nivaldo VieiraDefender
16Pablo AimarMidfielder
18Toto SalvioMidfielder
20Osvaldo Nicolás Fabián GaitánMidfielder
21Nemanja MatićMidfielder
35Enzo Nicolás PérezMidfielder
30André AlmeidaMidfielder
13Paulo LopesGoalkeeper
-Miguel VítorDefender
30Bruno CésarMidfielder
-André GomesMidfielder
7Ó. CardozoStriker

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