On Friday, Benfica will play Portimonense in a matchup of the 15th round of the Primeira Liga. The Eagles, who are currently in first place, will face Portimonense, who are currently in eighth place, in the match.
When Benfica hosts Portimonense, a team in the middle of the standings, at Estadio da Luz on Friday night, they will be looking for a response to last weekend’s loss at Braga. In what now appears to be Enzo Fernandez’s final game wearing an Eagles jersey, Roger Schmidt’s team was buried at the Quarry.
However, the Lisbon giants are still undefeated at home this year and should still be far too strong for a Portimonense team that has dropped five of the previous seven meetings with the Eagles.
Three of those seven clashes have been landslide victories for Benfica and it seems highly possible that an avalanche of goals could follow the hosts’ disastrous display at Braga.
Ramos is still a threat to score though!
Despite not scoring over the weekend, Goncalo Ramos still has nine goals in his last nine league games and appears to be the best anytime goalscorer play.
Portimonense’s most recent trip to Lisbon ended in a 4-0 loss to Sporting, and the way they allowed a point to slip to a Casa Pia winner in the 95th minute last week at home suggests they could be open to a severe setback.
Benfica have scored at least three goals in six of their last seven home league games while Portimonense has failed to score in three of their last four away games!
1×2 Betting Odds
It appears that Portimonense will have to perform at their absolute peak in order to score even one goal against a Benfica team that will almost certainly create numerous opportunities to win effectively.
When all is said and done, we predict that Benfica should be able to win easily here!
And the betting market agrees!
Benfica, who are top of the table are the favourites to win here with odds standing @ 1.17.
Meanwhile, the away side will have to play their socks off to produce anything here as they are massive underdogs in this with market odds @ 23.00.
The possibility of a draw and points shared, stands @ 9.00.
Total goals over/under
The odds that the total number of goals scored will be over 2.5, stands @ 1.45.
While the odds that the total number of goals will be under 2.5, stands @ 2.90.
The betting market views this as a high scoring game mostly due to the fact that Benfica will overpower the 8th placed visitors!
The contrast between the two side is large, so expect a few goals to be scored and that Benfica will plant the winning flag after 90 mins!