Light 'em up
Just under two hours to kick off at the Estádio da Luz. Despite injuries and suspensions I'd expect Barcelona to come away with a least a draw against Koeman's side. Deco and 'dinho are back and Larsson will probably start ahead of Giuly on the right. In defence I think Motta will get the nod ahead of Rodri. While he did well against Malaga and played the entire 90 minutes it's worth remembering that Malaga are awful and rooted to the bottom of La Liga. This would see Mark Van Bommel, Deco and Iniesta, who's been in a good run of form lately line up in midfield.
Benfica are without Nuno Gomes, who is the top scorer in Portugal, Nuno Assis (both suspended) and the injured Alcides (who?) Like I've said before I know next to nothing about Portuguese football so this ends right here.
Before I go, some news about the weekend game. Becks, who's suffering a brused ankle may not play in the Camp Nou. There's also been no word on a resolution to the possible referees strike over unpaid wages. With El Classico and the Sevilla derby on this weekend something will be worked out, it's all just posturing.