The fight for the title in Portugal takes place again this year between FC Porto and Benfica Lisbon.
The latter returns after a break of almost 3 months with a match on “Da Luz” in the company of the modest Tondela.
The match will start at 21:15 and will be played without spectators.
She is the holder of the title and the winner of 5 of the last 6 editions of the championship. He has real problems defending his title as the leader is FC Porto, with a one point lead.
He went through a very weak period before the interruption of the championship, having only one victory in the last 5 stages.
This 3-month break was a good opportunity to regain his morale.
He has a lot valued at about 270 million euros, so the absences of Jardel, Gabriel and Seferovic should not be felt.
Bruno Lage’s stars will be on the field: Grimaldo, Weigl, Pizzi, Rafa Silva or Carlos Vinicius.
Last season he was saved from relegation in the last stage.
Now he is 9 points away from the first team below the line, not because he would have had a great run but rather because Portimonense and Aves gave up in the fight to avoid relegation.
Of the 25 points collected so far, 17 were obtained on the go.
However, in the duels with the teams on the podium, Porto and Benfica, he failed to rise to the level of his opponents.
Right defender Moufi is slightly injured, being the only player who will be absent from Natxo Gonzales’ team.
It is difficult to nominate a player that Benfica should be afraid of as no player has scored more than two goals this season!
In the round of this championship edition, Benfica won with difficulty, score 1-0, the match being balanced most of the time.
Benfica have won 8 of the 9 direct matches since Tondela promoted, but the guests have a surprising victory at Estadio da Luz, 3-2 in 2018.
⚽Benfica vs Tondela teams likely:
Benfica (4-4-2): Vlachodimos – Tavares, Dias, Ferro, Grimaldo – Taraabt, Weigl – Pizzi, Rafa Silva, Cervi – Carlos Vinicius.
Tondela (4-4-2): Claudio Ramos – Moufi (Petkovic), Philippe Sampaio, Alves, Reyes – Pite, Joao Pedro, Pepelu, Murillo – Ronan, Richard.
Football Prediction of the Day Benfica vs Tondela
After a break of 3 months it will be difficult for Benfica to play at the highest level, even if the value of the opponent is low.
That’s why I think we will have a balanced first half and at most one goal from the hosts, especially since Tondela will defend with the whole team, the difference in value being obvious.
Instead, I expect a much more animated second half, regardless of the score on the table. In case of a 0-0 at the break, Benfica will attack continuously to take into account the 3 points, vital in the fight for the title.
At a possible 1-0 for Benfica at the break we will have a much more spectacular second half because Tondela will come out to play, having nothing left of the machine.
Prediction Today: Half with the most goals: second half