Benfica can move six points clear at the Primeira Liga summit when they host Rio Ave on Saturday (6pm BST).
Roger Schmidt’s side have stormed to the top of the table with seven wins from eight games, but they did drop their first points last weekend after being held to a goalless draw by Vitoria Guimaraes.
As for the visitors, they have made a steady return to the top-flight, and ended a three-game winless streak with victory over Santa Clara last time out.
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Benfica team news
Schmidt is unlikely to make too many alterations to the side that began the hard-earned midweek draw against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.
That means the likes of Goncalo Ramos, Rafa Silva and David Neres will lead the attacking charge for the Eagles, who put five past Maritimo in their last league game at Estadio da Luz.
However, Felipe Morato is likely to miss out with an ankle injury, while Lucas Verissimo (ACL) is a long-term absentee.
Rio Ave team news
Luis Freire is also unlikely to tinker much with Rio Ave having lost just once in their last six matches.
However, Emmanuel Boateng is a doubt after coming off injured against Santa Clara last weekend. Should the Ghanaian miss out, Aziz will lead the line in his absence and Fabio Ronaldo could be the player brought in to replace him.
Primeira Liga 2022/23 recent form:
- Benfica: DWWWW
- Rio Ave: WDLDW
Scoreline prediction: Benfica 3-1 Rio Ave
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