Kick-off: 19:45 (BST)
Despite opening the Champions League group stage with consecutive defeats, Benfica coach José Antonio Camacho acknowledges that victory over Celtic is paramount tonight.
“We are amongst the top teams in the UEFA Champions League and we need to get closer to the other teams in the group. It is very, very important to get three points,” he said.
“Scottish teams are very competitive and Celtic are a very strong team but we have players who are good in the air too,” he added.
Camacho is also looking forward to facing Celtic coach Gordon Strachan again. The Benfica coach was in the Real Madrid side that suffered a shock loss to an Aberdeen team containing midfielder Strachan in the 1983 Cup Winners’ Cup final.
“He was a great player – very dangerous,” remembered Camacho. “But we’re not playing now, fortunately. I prefer to remember the time that Real Madrid beat Celtic in the UEFA Champion Clubs’ Cup.”
Strachan has been boosted by the news that midfielder Paul Hartley and striker Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink are in contention to face Benfica after missing Saturday’s defeat to Rangers with hamstring problems.
Strachan is confident that his team can improve on their modest Champions League away record and hopes that the achievement of beating Milan in Matchday 1 will inspire his players tonight.
“I said to the players: ‘You’re still top of the league and you beat Milan,'” he said. “The priority is now to win. The game changes, of course, so we may decide with ten minutes to go that a draw is a good result.”