Benfica will look to keep their faint Primeira Liga title hopes alive when they host Santa Clara on Monday at 7pm (UK time).
The Eagles trail their city rivals Sporting CP by a massive 13 points, though they do have a game in hand and have fixtures against the league leaders and Porto to come. Santa Clara, meanwhile, are seventh but still not quite safe from relegation trouble just yet.
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Scoreline prediction: Benfica 3-1 Santa Clara
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Benfica vs Santa Clara build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
Benfica recovered well from a shock defeat to Gil Vicente by thrashing Portimonense 5-1 last time out. However, they have simply been unable to match the ridiculously consistent standard set by Sporting this season and, as a result, have a 13-point gap to make up on their fierce rivals. Jorge Jesus’ side face Sporting and Porto in May, so need to capitalise on games like these to build up a head of steam.
Santa Clara head into Monday’s fixture seventh in the table, just two points adrift of Vitoria SC in sixth. However, such is the remarkably close nature of the Primeira Liga table this season, Daniel Ramos’ side remain only eight points clear of Boavista in the relegation playoff spot and 11 ahead of Farense in the automatic drop zone. Santa Clara will face many of their rivals in this almost league-wide race for survival in their final games, so a positive result here would serve as a massive bonus.
- Benfica (vs Portimonense): Leite; Verissimo, Otamendi, Vertonghen; Goncalves, Pires*, Taarabt, Grimaldo; Pizzi, Seferovic, Silva.
- Santa Clara (vs Moreirense): Marco; Ramos, Cardoso*, Villanueva, Mansur; Carvalho, Morita, Lincoln; Carlos, Crysan, Allano.
Andreas Samaris, Andre Almeida and Joao Ferreira are all injured for the hosts, while Gabriel Pires is suspended. Santa Clara, meanwhile, head to Lisbon without the injured Julio Romao and the suspended Fabio Cardoso.
Player to watch: Haris Seferovic (Benfica)
Haris Seferovic netted a double as Benfica crushed Portimonense last time out, extending his personal league tally to 18 goals this season. That leaves him 11 clear of any other Benfica player and is quite an impressive figure considering only 18 of his 25 appearances have come from the start.
Seferovic isn’t the most gracious on the eye, but he’s incredibly powerful in the air, great at holding the ball up for those around him and has killer instincts that help him make the right runs into the box at the right time. The Switzerland international has nine goals and three assists across his last seven Primeira Liga appearances and a continuation of that form is just what Benfica need to remain in Sporting’s rearview mirror.
Primeira Liga 2020/21 recent form:
- Benfica: WLWWW
- Santa Clara: DLWLD
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