Benfica play host to early Primeira Liga strugglers Pacos Ferreira on Tuesday hoping to maintain their perfect start to the season (8.15pm kick-off, UK time).
It’s been an encouraging start to the Roger Schmidt reign in Lisbon, with the German tactician overseeing three successive wins in the Primeira Liga, while there were few issues navigating the Champions League qualifiers to reach the group stage, where Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Maccabi Haifa await them.
Domestically, Benfica have three wins on the board and three clean sheets, muzzling the likes of Arouca, Casa Pia and Boavista while netting eight unanswered goals. A win here against 17th-placed Pacos Ferreira would be enough to see them leapfrog early pace-setters Braga into first.
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Benfica team news
Lucas Verissimo remains on the treatment tables having ruptured his Achilles last November, while summer signing Joao Victor is yet to feature since joining from Corinthians.
Speaking of new signings, Schmidt has been exceptionally proactive this summer as he looks to build a squad capable of ending the club’s three-year wait for the Portuguese championship. On top of Joao Victor, a defensive reinforcement from Corinthians, Schmidt has also bulked up his backline with the acquisition of Serbia international Mihailo Ristic from Montpellier on a free, and Danish right-back Alexander Bah from Slavia Prague.
David Neres has been the centrepiece signing from Shakhtar Donetsk, with Europa Conference League finalist Fredrik Aursnes and highly-regarded Argentine playmaker Enzo Fernandez also looking like exceptionally savvy buys. Petar Musa completes the activity from the capital club to offset the loss of Darwin Nunez to Liverpool
Pacos Ferreira team news
There are no major concerns for Cesar Peixoto on the injury front, though the club will be monitoring the progress of former Benfica winger Nicolas Gaitan, who went off after only a quarter of an hour against Portimonense and missed out on the 3-0 reversal to Estoril Praia. Uilton also received his marching orders in that capitulation to Portimonense so misses out here through suspension.
Scoreline prediction: Benfica 4-0 Pacos Ferreira
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