Spartak Moscow and Benfica are quickly falling behind Barcelona and Celtic at the top of Group G, so a win is a must for both teams if they hope to have a shot at advancing out of the group stages.
Spartak are again without starting goalkeeper Andriy Dykan due to a shoulder injury. They've lost three straight matches without him, so Arten Rebrov will again step in and try to keep Benfica off the scoreboard. Emmanuel Emenike is also out injured and Aiden McGeady has been dropped to the bench. Diniyar Bilyaletdinov gets a start in McGeady's place.
Nicolas Gaitan was unable to start for Benfica, so Enzo Perez takes his place on the right side. That's the only change from the lineup used in their 2-0 loss to Barcelona at the beginning of the month.
Spartak Moscow stating lineup (4-5-1): Artem Rebrov; Dmitri Kombarov, Nicolás Pareja, Marek Suchý, Evgeni Makeev; Rafael Carioca, José Manuel Jurado, Kim Källström, Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, Jano Ananidze; Ari
Benfica starting lineup (4-1-3-2): Artur Moraes; Maxi Pereira, Ezequiel Garay, Jardel, Lorenzo Melgarejo; Nemanja Matić; Eduardo Salvio, Bruno César, Enzo Pérez; Lima, Rodrigo.