Benfica will come up against Portimonense on Friday in a game of the 15th round of the Primeira Liga.
The match will see the 1st-placed the Eagles test their skills with Portimonense, who currently occupy the 8th spot in the standings.
In a Primeira Liga match on December 30, Sporting Braga defeated Benfica 0:3 away from home. Location seems to have had very little to no effect on how Benfica’s previous 10 games have gone.
These resulted in 4 wins for the home team and 4 wins for the visiting team. Only two of the most recent ten matches were drawn.
A total of 21 goals were scored in the last 5 games, which was a very high scoring rate.
Wednesday’s match between Portimonense and Casa Pia ended in a disappointing 1:2 home loss for Portimonense. The team is currently experiencing a run of two straight losses.
In Portimonense’s last ten matches, playing at home had little to no effect on the outcome; the hosts won 5 times while the visitors won 4 times. Only one of those previous 10 matches ended in a draw.
Over 2.5 goals were scored in three of the last five matches, with goals at both ends of the field in all but one of them.
Portimonense failed to score on their own in just one of those, and their defensive efforts during the others were ineffective in keeping the opposition from scoring even once.
1×2 Betting Odds
The home team enters this game coming off a shocking 3-0 loss to Braga while there are rumours that their talented midfielder Enzo Fernandez is the target of a club record transfer.
Before that defeat last week, Benfica was undefeated this season in nearly 30 games across all competitions while being coached by Roger Schmidt. So given that and given their home advantage, Benfica ought to win this one fairly easily!
And the betting market agrees!
Benfica playing at home are the favourites to win here with odds standing @ 1.17.
The away side can take confidence from the fact that they have won 2 consecutive games, but coming here they are massive underdogs! Their market odds are @ 23.00.
The possibility of a draw and points shared, stands @ 9.00.
Total goals over/under
The odds that the total number of goals scored will be over 2.5, stands @ 1.45.
While the odds that the total number of goals will be under 2.5, stands @ 2.90.
In the previous five matches for Benfica there were over 2.5 goals in four of them, and both teams scored in three of them.
And given the contrast in quality between the two sides, expect a few goals in this one as the market suggests, but also expect a Benfica win!