Benfica vs Vitoria de Guimaraes
Estádio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal.
18.03.23 at 21:00
Benfica will be looking to widen the 8-point gap between themselves and second-placed FC Porto when they face Vitoria de Guimaraes at the Estádio da Luz on the 25th round of the Primeira Liga.
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A place in the Champions League quarter-finals has only meant that As Águias have been remarkable this season, leaving no stone unturned in order to fully deliver on the expectations of their raucous fans, not to mention the domestic league, where they are only 10 games away from clinching their first championship title since 2019.
Roger Schmidt's charges won 3:0 on the road against Maritimo over the weekend, giving David Neres his first brace of the season away from home. Prior to that they recorded a 5:1 victory over Belgian-club Club Brugge in the Champions League to book themselves a spot in the quarter-finals.
With their winning streak now at eight games, they have amassed a total of 24 points in those contests. Roger Schmidt will be hoping his team will not buckle up to pressure and keep up this level of play in order to win the season's championship title and make another appearance in the 70th UEFA Champions League edition, both of which seem highly likely.
Estádio da Luz has been a haven for them in the last 12 games with 34 points amassed from eleven wins and a draw, and worry not, they have been an unassailable force, not to mention their attacking prowess, which was on display during that period, scoring a whopping 37 goals while conceding as few as 9 goals.
They are currently in first place in the standings with 65 points, eight points ahead of second-place FC Porto.
Benfica will be without regular absentee Mihailo Ristic, who has been out for almost two months due to a hamstring injury, and Julian Draxler, who sustained an ankle injury, and Goncalo Guedes (a knee injury), will not be available for selection.
Probable Starting XI
Vlachodimos; Bah, Otamendi, Silva, Grimaldo; Aursnes, Luis; Neres, Mario, Silva; Ramos
Vitoria de Guimaraes
The visitors' weekend was rather bleak, as they fell short of expectations at home, succumbing to a 2:0 defeat against FC Arouca. Despite looking convincing from the first to the second half, registering 26 goals at goal with eight hitting the target, they had no idea their inefficiency in front of goal would be their undoing.
Prior to that, they had the upper hand against Santa Clara, romping to a 3:1 victory on the road, extending their unbeaten streak to six games with three draws and three wins.
Their away form has been average in the last five matches, with two losses, two wins, and a draw. It's also worth noting that they are currently on a three-match unbeaten run with two wins and a draw, and while it may be an ambitious goal, Os Vimaranenses will be eager to extend their unbeaten run away to four matches against an in-form Benfica.
They are currently in fifth place with 49 points, ten points behind fourth place and have maintained a three point lead over sixth place FC Arouca.
Vitoria de Guimaraes will be without long-term absentee Ze Carlos, who suffered a knee injury, and first-choice goalkeeper Bruno Varela, who suffered a muscle injury in a game against Braga about two weeks ago, is listed next to him on the injury list.
Probable Starting XI
Oliveira; Maga, Villanueva, Amaro, Freitas; Bamba, Andre; Janvier, Andre Silva, J Silva; Anderson Silva
- Vitoria de Guimaraes are unbeaten in three of their away games in the Primeira Liga.
- Benfica are on an eight-match winning streak in the Primeira Liga.
- Benfica has won three straight home games in the Primeira Liga.
- Benfica averages 3.08 goals per game at home, while Vitoria Guimaraes averages 0.91 goals per game away.
Benfica has won 39 of the last 55 meetings; Vitoria de Guimaraes has won 7, and there have been 9 draws with a goal difference of 100-36 in Benfica's favor.
Expert Betting Tips
Benfica will be highly motivated and self-assured to accept the three points that are being offered to them in this match. Giving up points at this point in the game would be disastrous for them as it would allow FC Porto to close the 8-point gap, which they would undoubtedly want to avoid at all costs.
On the other hand, Vitoria de Guimaraes will be hoping that a three-match unbeaten streak will be enough to hold their opponent at bay. The fact that they did manage a scoreless draw against them three months ago will serve as a glimmer of hope that another outcome of that degree could be repeated here once again, but dragging them behind is a 20-match winless run against them.
Benfica has seen more than two goals scored in three of their last five home games, so backing them to win along with the total going over 2.5 should be enough against a team they've dominated in most of their previous encounters.
- W1 & TO 2.5 for 1.68
- Corners - Over 10 for 2.10
- Total 1 - Over 2.5 Goals for 1.95