Benfica will look to keep the pressure on Lisbon rivals Sporting CP when they host bottom-of-the-league Portimonense on Tuesday at 6pm (UK time).
Benfica XI: Vlachodimos; Gilberto, Otamendi, Vertonghen, Grimaldo; Weigl, Taarabt; Rafa, Everton; Waldschmidt, Darwin.
Portimonense XI: Samuel; Anzai, Mauricio, Possignolo, Moufi; Boa Morte, Dener, Willyan, Candi; Fabricio, Luquinha.
Where to watch Benfica vs Portimonense on TV:
- UK: FreeSports
- US: GolTV
How to live stream Benfica vs Portimonense online:
Bet365* are streaming this match live for account holders. Those who are interested in streaming Benfica vs Portimonense live can take advantage of this service by following the simple steps below.
- Click on this link.
- ‘Join now’ and enter details.
- Log in and fund your account.
- Navigate to the ‘In-Play’ link at the top of the homepage and select your desired event.
*Geo restrictions apply, 18+ only, must have a funded account or placed a bet in the last 24 hours, BeGambleAware. All odds and offers within this article are accurate at the time of writing (12:30, 27/12/2020).
Scoreline prediction: Benfica 2-0 Portimonense
Compare football odds to get the best in the market using the Oddspedia tool below. Selecting a price will take you to the bookmaker’s sign-up page, where you can register, claim whatever welcome offer is available to new customers and place your bet. (18+ only, Be Gamble Aware)
Benfica vs Portimonense build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
Jorge Jesus’ men have managed to stay within five points of their age-old adversaries, who currently top the Primeira Liga table with an unbeaten record so far, and will see this match against a struggling Portimonense as a real opportunity to close the gap, as their game in hand.
There’s no doubt Benfica will be hurting from their 2-0 Super Cup defeat to Porto. Though not the most prestigious trophy, any match against Porto means that little bit more, so what better way to get back on track than a resounding win against the Primeira Liga’s basement club?
Portimonense, however, have taken four of their eight points so far this season in their last three games, beating Nacional and drawing with Famalicao either side of a loss to Vitoria SC. Antonio Folha’s men conceded just one goal during that time and have proven themselves a much tougher nut to crack in recent weeks, even if they still lack a cutting edge further up the pitch.
- Benfica (vs Porto): Vlachodimos; Gilberto, Otamendi, Vertonghen, Grimaldo; Rafa, Weigl, Taarabt, Everton; Waldschmidt, Nunez.
- Portimonense (vs Famalicao): Samuel; Moufi, Possignolo, Antonio, Anzai; Dener, Rocha; Boa Morte, Luquinha, Anderson; Fabricio.
Gabriel Pires and Pizzi are both out until early January for Benfica, while Andre Almeida won’t feature this season. Jean-Clair Todibo, Jardel and Goncalo Ramos are also all unavailable for selection for the hosts.
Lucas Fernandes is out for the season with an ACL injury for Portimonense.
Player to watch: Darwin Nunez (Benfica)
Barcelona’s search for a Lionel Messi replacement appears to be underway and one player who has unexpectedly found his name in the mix is Benfica forward, Darwin Nunez. The 21-year-old joined the Portuguese giants last summer netting 16 goals in 30 appearances for Spanish Segunda side, Almeria, and he’s made a great start to life in Lisbon so far.
Nunez — who has two goals in four senior appearances for the senior Uruguayan national team — may have only scored once in the league for Benfica so far, but he has proven himself a creative force, providing four assists and laying on the second-highest number of chances at the club.
Even so, the former Penarol man has still managed to showcase his goalscoring abilities in the Europa League this season, netting five times in five appearances, including a hat-trick in a 4-2 away victory over Lech Poznan.
Quick enough to spearhead counter-attacks, creative and intelligent enough to operate between the lines and lethal enough to be the focal point, Nunez is a brilliantly multifaceted striker. Another big performance against a struggling Portimonense could further push him into the shop window.
Primeira Liga 2020/21 recent form:
- Benfica: WWWLL
- Portimonense: DLWLL
More live stream options:
- How to watch La Liga games online
- How to watch Bundesliga games online
- How to watch Serie A games online
CLICK HERE to claim Paddy Power’s offer. 18+ only. Place a £5 on a football Bet Builder, at minimum odds of 1.5 (1/2). Get £60 in Bet Builder free bets to use on any sport. Free bets will be awarded after your qualifying bet has been settled, valid for 30 days. BeGambleAware.