Benfica visit Gil Vicente for a Primeira Liga showdown at Estádio Cidade de Barcelos on Sunday afternoon (5:30pm kick-off, UK time).
Gil Vicente XI: Denis; Pereira, Nogueira, Prado, Talocha; Leautey, Mineiro, Goncalves, Carvalho; Lourency, Lino.
Benfica XI: Vlachodimos; Gilberto, Jardel, Vertonghen, Grimaldo; Pedrinho, Pizzi, Weigl, Everton; Nunez, Seferovic.
Following back-to-back wins, Benfica find themselves second behind city rivals Sporting CP with five points separating the two Lisbon clubs, although the leaders have played a game extra.
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- US: GOLTV
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Scoreline prediction: Gil Vicente 1-2 Benfica
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Gil Vicente vs Benfica build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
Benfica have, more often than not, been strong away from home in the league this season, claiming three wins from their opening four matches on the road. However, a humbling 3-0 loss at Boavista remains etched in the mind.
Meanwhile, Gil Vicente, who are desperate for wins, claimed all three points in their last home game against Rio Ave but this should prove to be a much stronger test.
- Gil Vicente (vs Moreirense): Denis; Pereira, Nogueira, Rodrigão, Fernandes; Afonso*, Gonçalves, Mineiro; Lourency, Oliveira, Lino.
- Benfica (vs Vitória Guimarães): Leite; Ferreira, Jardel, Vertonghen, Tavares; Silva, Taarabt, Weigl, Éverton; Waldschmidt, Núñez.
João Afonso serves a one-game suspension for the hosts. He joins the injured Diogo Silva on the sidelines.
Andre Almeida is out for the rest of the season for Benfica.
Player to watch: Luca Waldschmidt (Benfica)
The Eagles of Lisbon were extremely busy in pre-season, acquiring no fewer than nine signatures including German forward, Luca Waldschmidt, who continues to repay his new employers’ faith.
The 24-year-old hasn’t missed a game, starting in seven of Benfica’s opening nine league matches so far and bagging five goals in the process, including striking a brace on debut. Last time out against Paços de Ferreira, in a 31-minute cameo, he ended a four-game goal drought; though coming off the bench.
Waldschmidt is hopeful of starting and even if he doesn’t there’s still the opportunity to register in consecutive Liga NOS matches, something he’s yet to manage this season.
Primeira Liga 2020/21 recent form:
- Gil Vicente: DWLLL
- Benfica: WWLLW
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