League leaders Benfica will entertain Portimonense at the Estádio da Luz in the Portuguese Primeira Liga on Friday as they look to return to winning ways. The hosts fell to their first defeat of the 2022-23 campaign across all competitions last time around as they fell to a 3-0 defeat against third-placed Braga. It was just the second time that they had failed to find the back of the net in all competitions.
Nonetheless, Benfica were able to retain the top spot in the standings but that defeat saw the gap between them and second-placed Porto reduced to five points. Portimonense resumed their league campaign with a 2-1 home defeat against Casa Pia last Thursday.
Luquinha had equalized for them after Neto gave Casa Pia the lead in the 31st minute but they conceded a goal in injury time to suffer their second defeat in as many league games.
Match: Benfica vs Portimonense
Date: 7 January, 2023
Time: 12:30 am
Venue: Estádio da Luz
Benfica vs Portimonense prediction
As Águias have been in incredible form at home this season and have scored at least four goals in four of their seven games in that period. They have the best attacking and defensive record in the competition and will be looking to bounce back from their first defeat of the season last time around.
The visitors have failed to score in five of their last six away games in the league and might struggle here. They were able to record a shock win on their trip to Friday’s venue last season but, considering their current form, we don’t expect them to pull off an upset in this match and the hosts should be able to secure a win.
Prediction: Benfica 2-1 Portimonense
Benfica vs Portimonense Head-To-Head
The two teams have crossed paths 40 times across all competitions with all but two meetings taking place in the Primeira Liga. As expected, the hosts have dominated proceedings against their southern rivals with 31 wins to their name. Portimonense have been able to defeat the capital club just twice and seven games have ended in draws.
Both teams recorded away wins in their two league meetings last season, with the game at Friday’s venue ending in a 1-0 win for Portimonense.
Six of the last seven meetings between the two teams have seen over 2.5 goals, with the hosts scoring at least four goals in three games in that period.
Benfica have a 100% record at home in the Primeira Liga, scoring 12 goals in their last three games.
Portimonense have failed to score in three of their last four away games in the league.
Benfica vs Portimonense Live Stream Time
This match will start from 12:30 am
Benfica vs Portimonense Date
This match will take place on 7 January, 2023
Benfica vs Portimonense Team News
Benfica will be without key playmaker Rafa due to suspension after he picked up his fifth yellow card of the season against Braga.
It remains to be seen whether in-demand midfielder Enzo Fernandez will feature in the matchday squad amid interest from Chelsea. The 21-year-old played for 89 minutes against Braga, but he could miss out on Friday if negotiations over a transfer begin to escalate.
Fredrik Aursnes could drop back into centre-midfield alongside Florentino Luis if Fernandez misses out, while Julian Draxler and David Neres are set to start on the flanks, allowing Joao Mario to operate in the number 10 role in the absence of Rafa.
Benfica vs Portimonense Lineups
Vlachodimos; Bah, Silva, Otamendi, Grimaldo; Luis, Aursnes; Neres, Mario, Draxler; Ramos
Nakamura; Moufi, Pedrao, Relvas, Seck; Ouattara, Diaby, Klismahn; Ouattara, Cariello, Luquinha
Benfica vs Portimonense Odds
Benfica Lisbon have won 5 home matches in a row.
Benfica Lisbon haven’t lost in any of their last 15 home matches.
Benfica Lisbon haven’t scored in 0 of their 7 home matches in Liga Portugal this season.
Portimonense SC haven’t scored in 3 of their 6 away matches in Liga Portugal this season.
Benfica vs Portimonense Stats
Benfica vs Portimonense Tips
Tip 1: Result – Benfica
Tip 2: Goals – Over/Under 2.5 Goals – Over 2.5
Tip 3: Benfica to score first – Yes
Tip 4: At least one goal to be scored in the second half – Yes
Tip 5: Goncalo Ramos to score any time – Yes
Benfica vs Portimonense Betting Trends
Our analysis of all available data, including recent performances and player stats, suggests the most likely outcome of this match is a Benfica win with a probability of 77.74%. A draw has a probability of 13.8% and a win for Portimonense has a probability of 8.51%.
The most likely scoreline for a Benfica win is 2-0 with a probability of 10.64%. The next most likely scorelines for that outcome are 3-0 (9.76%) and 2-1 (8.72%). The likeliest drawn scoreline is 1-1 (6.34%), while for a Portimonense win it is 1-2 (2.6%).
Benfica vs Portimonense Where To Watch Live Portuguese 2023 Liga Today Match
Portuguese football on TV (Primeira Liga) will be shown live on BT Sport and Viaplay Sports during the 2022/23 season.
Benfica vs Portimonense Who Will Win
Benfica vs Portimonense a great match to watch, Benfica will win.
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