The standout match of round seven in the Primeira Liga will be the one between Benfica and Braga, who square off at the Estadio da Luz on Sunday at 20:00 (UK Time).
Benfica starting XI: Odysseas; Gilberto, Otamendi, Vertonghen, Tavares; Rafa, Samaris, Pizzi, Everton; Darwin, Waldschmidt.
Braga starting XI: Matheus; Esgaio, Tormena, Viana, Sequeira; Medeiros, Castro, Al Musrati, Galeno; Moura, Paulinho.
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Benfica vs Braga build-up, pre-match team news & previous lineups
Benfica’s five-game winning streak in the Primeira Liga ended in unexpected fashion last Monday as they lost 3-0 on the road at Boavista. Actually, Benfica were on a seven-game winning run across all competitions prior to that loss. However, Jorge Jesus’ side should head into this tie in high spirits as they managed an incredible comeback from two goals down with 10 men against Rangers in their Europa League midweek clash.
At home, Benfica have won each their three league games this season and have scored at least two goals in each of them. Furthermore, the Eagles have managed to win three of their last four home meetings with Braga across all competitions.
Meanwhile, Braga kicked off the new Primeira Liga season with back-to-back defeats against Porto and Santa Clara. However, they managed to respond quickly and have now won their last four league games. They have played a pragmatic type of football lately, with their most recent two league victories ending with a 1-0 scoreline. Anyhow, it will be interesting to see how Braga recover after their terrible 4-0 away loss at Leicester in their Europa League midweek clash. That defeat ended a three-game winning streak away from home in which they have conceded just one goal.
- Benfica (vs Rangers): Vlachodimos, Goncalves*, Vertonghen, Otamendi, Tavares, Pizzi, Weigl, Taarabt, Everton, Seferovic, Silva.
- Braga (vs Leicester): Matheus, Melo da Silva, Carmo*, Viana, Esgaio, Novais, Elmusrati, Horta*, Galeno, Ruiz, Paulinho.
Andre Almeida is the only injured player for Benfica ahead of this clash. Pizzi was rested in midweek so he should be back in the starting lineup here. Diogo Goncalves didn’t have the best of games against Rangers in midweek, which means Gilberto could take his place.
Ricardo Horta and Rui Fonte are both missing through injury for Braga, which means we should see Nicolas Gaitan starting here. David Carmo and Fransergio won’t be able to play here as both are serving a suspension.