Benfica vs. Farense
Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica, Lisbon, Portugal.
08.12.23 at 21:00
Benfica will welcome Farense to the Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica in the 13th round of the Primeira Liga.
Following their minor setback against Moreirense away from home, Benfica will be out to return to winning ways against a side that has been in poor form when playing away from home, losing five of their seven matches.
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Benfica knew that they were up against a stern test when they made the trip to Minho to lock horns with persistent Moreirense at the Estadio Comendador Joaquim de Almeida Freitas on matchday 12. The Eagles settled for a share of the spoils in a goalless draw in a match where Roger Schmidt stressed that his side were favorites to snatch all three points.
Despite a woeful run in European football that saw them eliminated from the Champions League, the Eagles have been doing well in the Primeira Liga, where they are currently on an eleven-match unbeaten run (W9 D2). At home, they have won four of their five matches this season, and it goes without saying they'll be too much for Farense to handle in this one as they vie for a fifth triumph.
With 29 points collected from 12 matches played, Benfica's time at the pinnacle of the Primeira Liga standings has been short-lived, as they now sit second, one point ahead of third-placed FC Porto and two points behind league leaders Sporting CP.
Probable Starting XI
Trubin; Aursnes, Silva, Otamendi, Morato; Neves, Kocku; Di Maria, Silva, Mario; Musa
Farense, alongside Moreirense, have adapted to life back in the top flight very well, winning five and drawing one of their twelve matches in the Primeira Liga. In their latest match, they succumbed to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Vitoria de Guimaraes at home, which was their sixth loss in the league this season.
Before that, Farense were on a three-match winning streak against Rio Ave (3-4), FC Arouca (2-0), and Boavista (1-3), and this follows a three-match winless run (L2 D1). Having lost three consecutive away matches they currently find themselves on a two match winning streak and will fancy their chances of a third consecutive win however that'll prove to be a mountainous task given the opponents they go up against.
With 16 points collected from 12 matches played, Farense sit eighth in the Primeira Liga standings, level on points with seventh-placed Famalicao and six points ahead of the relegation zone.
Probable Starting XI
Velho; Pastor, G Silva, Muscat, Talocha; Goncalves, Falcao, T Silva; Belloumi, Duarte, Costa
- Benfica have won 19 of their last 22 home games in the Primeira Liga.
- Farense have scored a goal in seven of their twelve matches in the Primeira Liga.
- Benfica averages 2 goals per game when playing at home, and Farense averages 1.6 goals per game when playing away.
This will be the first Primeira Liga meeting between these two sides.
Expert Betting Tips
A return to winning ways is inevitable for the defending champions, Benfica, in this one as they take on a side that has lost five of their seven away matches in the league this session. And while they boast a four-match unbeaten run at home, it goes without saying they'll be keen on extending that unbeaten run with a favorable outcome in this one.
Despite their wobbly performance against Moreirense, the home side will definitely send a clear message of intent in front of their fans, and the disparity in quality and class between the two sides should see As Águias clinch a commanding triumph. As such, we anticipate the home side to exceed the individual total of 2.5 goals, which should surface.
- Total 1 - Over 2.5 for 1.73
- Both Teams To Score - Yes for 2.10
- Corners - Over 11 for 1.90