Both the Red-Whites and the Eagles will look for points here knowing that with Barcelona in Group G, realistically, there is only one other qualification spot up for grabs.
Makeev, Bryzgalov, Suchy, Kombarov
Jurado, Ari, Bil'yov
Pereira, Jardel, Garay, Melgarejo
Salvio, Matic, Martins
Following a narrow 2-1 loss to Anzhi Makhachkala at the weekend, Spartak coach Unai Emery must decide whether to give on-loan attacking midfielder Jurado a starting place in the team. The youngster's creativity may be needed with Spartak playing at home, and the desperate need for points, especially given that Aiden McGeady is still injured.
The rest of the lineup will most likely be similar to the side that played on Saturday, with Rafael Carioca retaining his place in the team as Romulo is out for the long term, and Dmitri Kombarov likely to drop back to left back. Sergei Parshivlyuk and Soslan Gatagov are still missing with knee injuries.
However, Juan Insaurralde serves a one-game ban following his red card on Matchday two, meaning that 19-year-old starlet Sergey Bryzgalov will most likely take his place.
The visiting side has an almost fully fit squad to choose from. With Luisao not playing due to his continuing ban, Jardel will continue at the back with Ezequiel Garay. In midfield Nemanja Matic will supply the robustness as Aimar, Gaitan and Carlos Martins try to provide the ammunition for Oscar Cardozo to fire home.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Spartak Moscow lost its third successive league game when losing to Anzhi on Saturday - the team's worst run since Nov. 2009.
- Spartak's home record in the Champions League against teams from Portugal is W1 D2 L1.
- So far the Spartachi are without a point in Group G after two 3-2 defeats: away against Barcelona and at home to Celtic, as Spartak conceded a 2-1 lead in both games.
- Benfica have the record of being the team to has committed the most fouls so far in this season's Champions League: 43 offenses.
- The Eagles have scored 348 goals in total in the European Cup.
- Key Benfica defender Luisao (pictured) is banned from all competitions until Nov. 14 after attacking a referee in a preseason friendly against Fortuna Dusseldorf in the summer.