Aves vs Benfica – Liga NOS: After the international break has allowed Benfica to reflect…
On the difficulties they were feeling to ensure results, Rui Vitória has left clearer, on the match against Manchester United, what he had been preparing.
The changes on the starting line-up reflect, on one hand, the problems the team was facing on several sectors and, on the other hand, the kind of options their roster has.
Space was given to the youth and, at the moment, it is clear that Svilar and Rúben Dias present themselves as clear options on their positions, with ability to become starters for Benfica.
At the same time, Diogo Gonçalves should still have a more impactful spot waiting for home, although, on this match, we should probably see the return of Jonas and Seferovic to the starting line-up.
What this upcoming youth reveals however is a Benfica side who will lack connection to the one who has won the last 4 league titles. The inexperience on several areas of the pitch might come with a price to pay in the most decisive moments.
Vila das Aves is, however, a good spot for Benfica to start finding some reasons to smile.
Desportivo das Aves only has only 6 points gained, 5 of which gained on the last 4 rounds, with a win against Belenenses and draws with Rio Ave and Portimonense.
The level of demand of this match against Benfica poses tougher problems to Lito Vidigial’s starting line-up, who has history of causing some troubles to the top Portuguese teams.
Aves vs Benfica – Betting Tip and Prediction:
In a battle between Aves’ audacity in recovery mode and Benfica’s ability to respond, with responsibility, on this transformation stage, the club’s weight might play a huge part, especially considering the amount of options they have.
Not being an easy match, this is one of those matches where players with a lot of status, like Jonas, might make a difference.