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PSG vs Benfica live online, DirecTV, other channels - October 2, 2013

October 2, 2013 By Mike Goncalves
Benfica will be looking to defeat PSG in Paris for the first time, in front of a large number of Portuguese fans.

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Since all the money was injected into PSG, they have not been able to establish themselves in European Football. While they've won Ligue 1, and came close to eliminating Barcelona in the Champions League, given the amount of talent they have, a European title should be expected.

On Wednesday they will take another step towards that, when they welcome Benfica to the Parc de Princes.

The Portuguese side has not started their domestic campaign off in the greatest form, but they were able to defeat Anderlecht 2-0 in Lisbon in their opening group match. Goals from Djuricic and Luisão lifted the Águias past the Belgian side.


Unfortunately for Jorge Jesus' squad, they come into this match fresh off a frustrating draw at home against Belenenses. But despite the club's inconsistencies early on, president Luis Filipe Vieira believes they will sort things out.

"It's true that we are not at our best, but it's during these difficult times that we need to stand by the team," Vieira told reporters on Tuesday.

Standing by the team in Paris will be easy for the large Portuguese population. The French capital has the second largest amount of Portuguese, only outdone by Lisbon. Wednesday's match will have a lot of Benfica fans, and the players will feel right at home.

Without any serious injury concerns to worry about, both sides should be able to put out their strongest squad. The only issue for the hosts will be Thiago Silva, who has been ruled out with a muscle injury and will miss a few more matches. Blanc has also confirmed that Javier Pastore will miss out on this match.

In his absence, Marquinhos and Alex will need to carry the load in the Parisian's back four. But PSG's manager, Laurent Blanc, believes that the Portuguese side will be very cautious in their approach to this match.

"Maybe they will be more cautious and not take as many risks," Blanc said in his press conference ahead of Wednesday's Champions League match.

"Every match is different and that is what makes the Champions League so exciting. I am just not sure how Benfica will setup on the pitch. They are a team that likes to have the ball, and control the match. I am not sure if they will try to do that here in Paris."

Benfica's back four will have to be very cautious of PSG's offensive options. Between Ibrahimovic and Cavani just to name a few, the French outfit can grab plenty of goals. That will not sit well for Luisão, considering Benfica has not been able to keep many cleansheets as of late.

Where to watch the match - live stream, start time, TV channels, live scores

Watch PSG vs Benfica live on Wednesday, October 2, 2013:

In Canada at 14:45 ET on: Sportsnet World Online

In the UK at 19:45 BST on: Sky Sports Events Centres, Sky Sports 4/HD, Sky Sports Red Button

In the USA at 14:45 ET on: Fox Soccer 2Go, DirecTV (channel 481)

Fans in Portugal can watch the match live on Sport TV1. For those fans watching in France, you can follow all the action on Canal+.

If you are outside of these viewing areas, please be sure to visit the PSG vs Benfica match page for full TV listings.

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