Garay Matic Benfica
Benfica's Ezequiel Garay celebrates with teammate Nemanja Matic after scoring against Pacos in their Portuguese league game, September 14Reuters

Benfica will be confident of picking up three points when the entertain Anderlecht in the Champions League.

The Portuguese side have an added incentive of reaching the Champions League final this season, with the marquee clash scheduled to take place at their home ground.

Benfica coach Jorge Jesus is not too concerned about that now, with his thoughts firmly planted for the moment on Anderlecht and the group stages, with the other two sides being Paris Saint-Germain and Olympiakos.

"It's merely coincidence (that the final will be at home)," Jesus said. "Our motivation and responsibility is to be in Champions League and do well while we are there. The idea of playing the final here makes us determined to make a strong start to the tournament, but the fact that the final is in our stadium doesn't increase our motivation.

"It's important to win as we know from experience that a side that gets ten points usually qualifies. This group is very equal, with Paris Saint-Germain being made clear favourites and the other teams more or less on a level with Benfica. If we win tomorrow we'll be in a better position than last year."

Anderlecht are the side expected to finish at the bottom of the pile in Group C, but manager John Van Den Brom believes his side could be capable of a couple of upsets.

"We are growing from last season, adding a number of experienced international players to compliment a youthful squad," he said. "We believe we can record a good result but it won't be easy.

"Benfica's fans are great, even when the stadium is not full. Although they are without a few players, Benfica remain a very strong team. Benfica are an attacking side, with full-backs who like to get forward. I expect them to play their usual game with an emphasis on attack."

Team News: Benfica have a whole host of injuries with Ruben Amorim, Nicolas Gaitan, Eduardo Salvio and Silvio ruled out, although Jesus did allay fears over knocks for Lazar Markovic, Nemanja Matic, Siqueira and Enzo Perez.

Anderlecht have a full squad at their disposal with goalkeeper Silvio Proto being passed fit.

Where to watch

The game is scheduled for a kickoff on Wednesday morning (12.15 am IST), although there is no Live telecast scheduled. 

Expected lineups: Benfica: Artur; Maxi, Luisao, Garay, Siqueira; Matic, Amorim, Perez, Markovic; Lima, Cardozo.

Anderlecht: Kaminski; Gillet, Kouyate, Mbema, N'Sakala; Bruno, Kljestan, Milivojevic, Acheampong; Suarez, Mitrovic.

Prediction: 2-0 to Benfica