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FRIENDLIES UPDATE! Same Time, Same Place (ish), But No More Benfica

Remember that nice glamour preseason fixture against Benfica? Yeah, that's gone.

Alex Livesey

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Sunderland's clash with Portuguese giants Benfica has been replaced in the Black Cats' preseason schedule with a friendly against their Primera Liga rivals C.D. Nacional.

The change of opposition, which is due to "circumstances beyond Sunderland's control" will not affect either the date, with it still taking place on 30th July at 8pm local time. The venue has been changed to the Estádio Municipal de Albufeira, however, the same as the other two games on the tour.

Fans traveling to Portugal will be able to buy tickets for all three fixtures for a special price of €40, whilst individual match prices will be set at €15. It's worth keeping an eye on the safc.com for information on how to buy with further information to be released "in due course".

Anyway, as things stand, here is the full updated confirmed preseason schedule:

DATE

OPPOSITION

LOCATION

KICK-OFF TIME

Saturday 19 July

Darlington 1883 FC

Heritage Park, Bishop Auckland

3.00pm

Tuesday 22 July

Carlisle United

Brunton Park, Carlisle

7.30pm

Wednesday 23 July

Hartlepool United

Victoria Park, Hartlepool

7.30pm

Tuesday 29 July

Recreativo de Huelva

Estádio Municipal de Albufeira, Algarve

8.00pm

(local time)

Wednesday 30 July

C.D. Nacional

Estádio Municipal de Albufeira, Algarve

8.00pm

(local time)

Saturday 2 August

Vitória Setúbal

Estádio Municipal de Albufeira, Algarve

8:00pm

(local time)