Benfica will be looking to maintain their perfect start in the Primeira Liga when they host Portimonense at Estádio da Luz on Sunday evening (18:00 UK time).
Jorge Jesus’ men haven’t dropped a single point this season coming into matchday eight while the club from the Algarve are currently punching above their weight having accumulated 11 points from 21 available.
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Scoreline prediction: Benfica 2-0 Portimonense
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Benfica vs Portimonense build-up & previous line-ups:
What a time for Benfica and their supporters. Jorge Jesus’ men come into matchday eight as the only Portuguese top division club with a 100% record as well as inflicting a 3-0 defeat on Barcelona in the Champions League earlier this week. The Eagles in their domestic championship have been dominant at both ends of the pitch. To date they boast the league’s best attack (19 goals scored or 2.7 per game) and the joint second meanest defence (four goals shipped in with three clean sheets). Their record at home against Portimonense is equally formidable, they faced each other 18 times before in Portugal’s capital with Benfica picking up 15 wins, the last time their visitors left with something came in March 2011 when they secured a 1-1 draw.
As things currently stand, Portimonense find themselves sitting in sixth place on 11 points, having won three of their opening seven Primeira Liga fixtures. Paulo Sérgio’s side began with a narrow 0-1 win at Vitoria Guimaraes before losing two of their next two matches. Since then it’s been one win from three played but they visit early leaders Benfica unbeaten on the road this season: aside from the aforementioned win at Guimaraes they’ve secured another success at Tondela before snatching a point from the jaws of victory against Boavista in their most recent league away outing. Apart from three draws in Lisbon there’s only been one occasion across 36 previous Primeira Liga matches when Portimonense have beaten Benfica and that was in January 2019 when they ran out 2-0 winners.
- Benfica (vs Barcelona): Vlachodimos; Veríssimo, Vertonghen, Otamendi; Lazaro, Mário, Weigl, Grimaldo; Rafa Silva, Yaremchuk, Núñez.
- Portimonense (vs Vizela): Samuel; Moufi, Possignolo, Pedrão, Candé; Rocha, Fernandes, Carlinhos; Angulo, Aponzá, Oliveira.
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Player to watch: Darwin Núñez (Benfica)
Jorge Jesus called it on the eve of their Champions League game against Barcelona when he questioned how the Catalan giants would fare when Rafa Silva or Darwin Núñez got on the ball. As it turned out Benfica’s attacking pair were instrumental as they registered a historic 3-0 win. Núñez stole all the plaudits by registering a brace and subsequently enhancing a burgeoning reputation. Those strikes against the five-time European champions goes nicely with his previous efforts in Portugal’s top division this season. The 22-year-old Uruguayan forward missed Benfica’s opening two league games, but across his last three appearances he’s bagged four goals, however last time out Vitória Guimarães were able to contain him. With a renewed spring in his step Portimonense have been warned.
Primeira Liga 2021/22 recent form:
- Benfica: WWWWW
- Portimonense: DWDLW
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