Belenenses vs Benfica: Belenenses is a team that intends to stay on the Liga NOS and right now they are outside the relegation zone
And even have a decent advantage over the teams that are on that relegation zone.
Still, this Belenenses is far from being a team that plays very beautiful football and Domingos Paciência as a manager he has to take some of the blame for the team’s display quality.
The poor results started showing up and his departure ended up being inevitable. In his place there is Silas that was able to get a precious draw at Estádio dos Barreiros on his debut, against Marítimo.
That was an important point obtained away from home and on an extremely tough ground like Marítimo’s.
Their next opponent is Benfica, a team against which they haven’t done well in previous years.
Benfica comes into 2018 already without any chance of winning any competition other than Liga NOS, where they’ve won 4 consecutive titles.
Benfica had a miserable performance on the Champions League and they were eliminated from the Taça de Portugal, so their focus is solely on this league.
Benfica has, since then, improved their exhibitions and they are playing much better right now.
The Eagles have been playing well and since the 1-1 draw on the derby against Sporting, they have 3 consecutive wins: 2-0 in Moreira de Cónegos, 3-1 in Braga and finally 3-0 with Chaves.
Jonas is still their target man and the league’s top goal scorer. The negative aspect was the injury of Krovinovic, who was gaining some space on Rui Vitória’s starting 11.
Belenenses vs Benfica – Betting Tip and Prediction:
Benfica has an “easy” trip here theoretically, and their historical head-to-head record says that Benfica is widely favoured on these short trips to Belém.
Benfica is a superior team, clearly having more quality and arguments than Belenenses, and I predict another win for Rui Vitória’s team here.
It is undeniable that Benfica has been playing much better on the past couple of weeks, and their focus is on the league title that would be their 5th consecutive league title.
This trip to Belém might not end on a rout like in previous seasons, but I see Benfica at least getting the win and that way getting the 3 points.
Silas should give back some organization to this Belenenses’ team, but it should still be insufficient to steal points from the Portuguese champions.
|Benfica to win||