Today (Friday) more than 1,500 fans will be leaving Olhão to travel north to do battle with Benfica at the Stadium of Light. Kick-off 8.15pm live on Sport TV.

Many football fans in the Algarve support Benfica and the Casa do Benfica Cafe in Olhão report great interest in the game.

This is the first, of what could be three trips to play the league champions in the next six weeks. Olhanense play Benfica in the League Cup on January 19 but before that they will meet the winners of the Benfica/Sp.Braga cup tie in the Taça de Portugal (FA Cup) 5th round.

The original 4th round tie between Benfica and Sp.Braga, due to have been played on November 19, was postponed until December 12 due to the NATO Summit in Lisbon on that weekend.