Benfica will look to keep their faint Primeira Liga title hopes alive when they host Santa Clara on Saturday evening (18:00 UK time).
The Eagles trail their city Sporting CP by an incredible 12 points with 13 matches remaining this season. Santa Clara, meanwhile, are comfortably languishing in mid-table.
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Benfica team news
A lack of consistency has seen Benfica drift away from the championship picture. Nelson Veríssimo’s side are 12 points behind Porto heading into this latest run of Primeira Liga fixtures. Last weekend the Eagles did manage to return to successful ways by running out 1-3 winners at Tondela, but so far in 2022 they’ve yet to register back-to-back league wins, and this weekend they’ll be seeking to end a two-game winless run at home. If they are to snap this miserable run then it will be done without centre-back Lucas Veríssimo, who is ruled out for the season with a knee injury, as well as strikers Haris Seferovic and Rodrigo Pinho.
Benfica predicted XI: Vlachodimos; Lazaro, Otamendi, Vertonghen, Grimaldo; Rafa Silva, Bernardo, Weigl, Éverton; Ramos, Núñez.
Santa Clara team news
A five-game unbeaten run (three wins and two draws) has seen Santa Clara move into tenth place. Last time out Mário Silva’s men couldn’t make it three wins on the bounce as they were held to a 3-3 draw at Gil Vicente; that game saw attackers Lincoln and Cryzan see red, due to the latters suspension Kyosuke Tagawa will be pushing for a first start of this season. Elsewhere there’s no place for midfielder Costinha in Santa Clara’s squad as he continues to recover from a troublesome ankle injury.
Santa Clara predicted XI: Pereira; Ramos, Boateng, Villanueva, Mansur; Carvalho, Morita; Costa, Oliveira, Ricardinho; Tagawa.
Primeira Liga 2021/22 recent form:
- Benfica: WLWDW
- Santa Clara: DWWDW
Scoreline prediction: Benfica 2-1 Santa Clara
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