Benfica host Famalicao in the Primeira Liga on Monday looking to keep their Champions League qualification hopes alive (7pm kick-off UK time).
As things stand, Jorge Jesus’ men would be missing out on the Champions League, sitting outside the top three at the halfway stage of the season.
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Where to watch Benfica vs Famalicao on TV:
- UK: Premier Sports 1
- US: GOLTV
Scoreline prediction: Benfica 2-0 Famalicao
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Benfica vs Famalicao build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
Benfica haven’t finished outside the Primeira Liga’s top three since 2007/08 (fourth) but they are in serious danger of that happening unless they turn things around. Rivals Sporting CP look to be on their way to the title, six points clear at the top and still unbeaten, but Benfica have also allowed second and third to start to pull away.
Jesus’ side go into this game without a win in their past four league matches, drawing three and losing once, with that defeat coming against Sporting last weekend. As a result, they have dropped down to fourth, two points behind Braga in the final Champions League spot. It isn’t a big gap, but with the form Benfica are currently in compared to the teams around them, it could get bigger unless they turn things around.
It may, then, be the best time for them to come up against relegation-fighting Famalicao. After a positive return to the Primeira Liga last season, finishing sixth, things haven’t been going well for Famalicao in 2020/21. They are currently 19th in the league with just three wins from their opening 17 games, though they are only a point from safety as things stand.
But like Benfica they aren’t in good form, losing six of their past seven league games, failing to score in four of those matches.
- Benfica (vs Vitoria): Vlachodimos; Gilberto, Otamendi, Vertonghen, Grimaldo; Everton, Weigl, Cervi; Taarabt; Seferovic, Pizzi.
- Famalicao (vs Moreirense): Luiz Junior; Riccieli, Babic, Patrick William; Diogo Figueiras, Lukovic, Ugarte, Vinagre; Dias, Kraev; Anderson Silva.
Benfica will be waiting to see whether Rafa and Gian-Luca Waldschmidt are fit to return to the side, with the pair missing Thursday’s draw against Vitoria. Andre Almeida and Jardel are also doubts, while Jhonata Robert is suspended for Famalicao.
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Player to watch: Haris Seferovic (Benfica)
With so many of their attackers missing, Benfica will once again be relying on top scorer Haris Seferovic to try and pull them out of their rut. The Swiss striker has scored seven goals in the league so far this season, despite playing just 755 minutes, splitting his time on the pitch among starts and substitute appearances.
But Seferovic isn’t in great form, much like Benfica, and goes into this game without a goal in his past four league matches. During that run, Benfica have failed to score twice including the goalless draw against Vitoria in midweek. Oh how Benfica need him to return to form.
Primeira Liga 2020/21 recent form:
- Benfica: DLDDW
- Famalicao: LLLWL
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