Benfica vs Boavista: We have already had time to understand that the top of the Liga NOS
presents a level of balance so interesting that any points dropped or snatched by the big 3
Might end up having an impact on the way the teams are placed on the standings. Once again, this weekend, Benfica will have the opportunity to spend a night in 1st place, in case they win.
The question is, affected by injuries, the scenario that is being presented to Rui Vitória is the one where he has to look more and more for answers on the depth of his roster in order to meet this competition’s demands.
On this match, they will miss 3 key players that have regularly helped Benfica being a better team: Krovinovic, Salvio and Jonas.
The replacement for the Croatian midfielder will have to be Zivkovic, who is up to the task, while on the right wing of the attack, Rafa Silva has also been getting some space to assert himself, with Benfica, at least on the matches where they have more ball possession, not missing the Argentinian that much.
On the attacking front, the problem is a bit more sensitive, due to the way that Jonas has been an important player when it comes to finishing. Without him on the pitch, the responsibility for every attacking player increases.
As for Boavista, they will certainly still have on their minds the great first half they have made at Estádio da Luz last season or the victory obtained on their first meeting this season, at Estádio do Bessa.
Obviously, that historical record of success means that the Eagles will need to be more careful approaching this match.
Jorge Simão has been preparing a team that is looking for some defensive solidity, to explore the moments of transition, something that, with Yusupha available, leaves him at the centre of Boavista’s strategy for this match.
Benfica vs Boavista – Betting Tip and Prediction:
Still, Benfica has more favouritism, since they will hope to break Boavista’s resistance early and that way advance onto a comfortable win.
|Over 2.5 Goals||