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Benfica and Olympiakos face off in a crucial reverse tie of the Champions LeagueReuters

With second place in Group C up for grabs, Benfica and Olympiakos lock horns in the Champions League looking to gain the crucial upperhand with victory on Tuesday.

The two sides met in the reverse fixture in Lisbon two weeks ago, with Olympiakos doing really well to come away with a point following a 1-1 draw. In fact, the Greek side looked primed to take all three points from Portugal, only for Oscar Cardozo to pop up with a late equaliser.

Olympiakos manager Michel, whose side are locked on four points with Benfica, believes if his side play the way they did in Lisbon, a victory on Tuesday could well be theirs. "We must avoid being over-confident," the Spaniard said. "All we have to do is follow the same path as we did in Lisbon and [get a] win.

"We are only thinking about the present, though, and not the future. We start from scratch tomorrow [Tuesday] and will do all we can to come away with three points. We want to show some passion after recording a decent result in Lisbon. "We are up against a club with a great history and must not think ourselves as favourites."

PSG are miles ahead in the group with nine points from three matches, and will seal their passage to the last-16 with victory over Anderlecht, a side who have failed to pick up a single point in the campaign so far.

So, second place in Group C really does look like it is between Olympiakos and Benfica and the latter's manager Jorge Jesus, well versed with the trials and tribulations of European football, will know the importance of an away win.

"There are no favourites as both teams have similar strengths," Jesus said. "Each match is different but we'll play to win tomorrow [Tuesday]. To win, we'll have to play better than we did in Lisbon and apply what we've been working hard on in training."

Team News: Michael Olaitan is the only one missing for Olympiakos, with Gaetan Bong, Paulo Machado and Alejandro Dominguez coming through unscathed in training.

Benfica have no real injury worries with Guilherme Siqueira, who missed the weekend's game against Academica, expected to be available for the crunch tie.

Key men: Olympiakos: Kostas Mitroglou, who scored the vital winner in the derby against Panathinaikos at the weekend for his 13th goal in 9 league matches, is the go-to man for Olympiakos. "Mitroglou is a very important player for us and we are relying on him," Michel said.

Benfica: Cardozo's goal in the 83rd minute of the reverse fixture was a life-sent for Benfica and the Paraguayan striker will hope to get his name on the scoresheet once again for last year's Europa League finalists.

Where to watch

The game is scheduled for a 1.15 am IST start with no live coverage. For the Live Blog, click HERE. 

Expected lineups: Olympiakos: Roberto; Salino, Manolas, Siovas, Holebas; Maniatis, Samaris; Campbell, Saviola, Fuster; Mitroglou.

Benfica: Artur; Pereira, Luisao, Garay, Cortez; Matic, Cavaleiro, Perez, Gaitan; Lima, Cardozo.

Prediction: 2-2

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