Benfica will look to continue their perfect start to the Primeira Liga season when they welcome Belenenses to the Estadio da Luz on Monday at 8:15pm (UK Time).
Benfica have had a tremendous start to the new campaign with four victories from their opening four games. In that time they’ve looked amazing at both ends of the field, having scored 13 goals and conceded just three in the process.
Unfortunately, Benfica were eliminated from the Champions League qualifiers last month, but still did well to win at Lech Poznan in the first round of their Europa League group stage campaign. Jorge Jesus’ men should feel confident ahead of this tie as they have won both of their home fixtures this season, scoring at least twice in each match.
Meanwhile, Belenenses kicked off the new Primeira Liga season with a narrow 1-0 victory at Vitoria de Guimaraes, but they have failed to win a single game since then. They are currently on a three-game winless streak, although the most recent two of those have ended in goalless draws.
It seems that Belenenses’ main issue in this early part of the season is their ability to find the back of the net, having scored just two goals in four games. Their away form also seems to be a bit of problem, with the visitors winning just once in six league trips, stretching back to last term.
Can Benfica continue their impeccable start to the season? Or will Belenenses get back to winning ways in the Primeira Liga?
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Benfica and Belenenses’ previous line-ups:
- Benfica (vs Lech Poznan): Vlachodimos; Gilberto, Otamendi, Vertonghen, Grimaldo; Pizzi, Gabriel, Taarabt; Everton, Nunez Ribeiro, Waldschmidt.
- Belenenses (vs Moreirense): Moreira; Esgaio, Henrique, Ribeiro, Lima; Cardoso, Phete, Caue, Taira; Cassierra, Varela.
Jesus can’t rely on Andreas Samaris, who is sidelined with a tendon complication, while Andre Almeida is missing through a knee injury.
Defender Francisco Varela is missing with a knee agitation for Belenenses, while Eduardo Kau is also out. Silvestre Varela hasn’t been very prolific in front of goal so far this season, so we might see Richard in the starting line-up for this trip to Benfica.