Benfica – Celtic Preview

Neil Lennon’s side have lost on every single one of their visits to the Portuguese capital side, while the hosts are yet to taste defeat domestically this season

UEFA Champions League, Celtic v Barcelona, Tony Watt, Javier Mascherano

Benfica welcomed skipper Luisao back into the fold against Moreirense at the weekend after a two-month suspension and the defensive stalwart may be in contention to replace Ezequiel Garay once again. Coach Jorge Jesus has a wealth of attacking options to choose from, with Ola John, Eduardo Salvio and Melgarejo all having featured up front for the Portuguese side during the group stages.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon, meanwhile, will be without midfielder James Forrest for a game that could potentially send his side through to the tournament’s knockout stages.┬áThe Hoops will have Kris Commons and Georgios Samaras available, however, despite the pair making way during their side’s 2-0 win against Aberdeen on Saturday.

Scott Brown, Gary Hooper and Joe Ledley are carrying knocks into the tie, while Lennon could well look to revelatory young striker Tony Watt if he chooses to utilise a more attacking approach.