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Benfica set to record a vital win against Santa Clara
10 January 2019, 11:28
Benfica set to record a vital win against Santa Clara

On Friday night, Benfica face a crucial trip to mid-table Santa Clara in the Primeira Liga, as the visitors attempt to stay in touch with leaders Porto.

Santa Clara are enjoying a respectable campaign in the Portuguese top-flight so far this season. The home side currently sit ninth in the Primeira Liga, but their recent league form has dipped.

A 2-2 draw at Feirense last time out in the Primeira Liga means that the home side has now won just two of their last eight league games. Their recent league matches have been relatively low scoring, with under 2.5 goals scored in three of their last four league outings.

One big negative for Santa Clara of late is their home form, as they have lost five of their last six matches on home soil.

Their recent home matches in the Primeira Liga have been high scoring, with over 2.5 goals scored in eight of their last nine matches. A big factor of those recent high scoring games is that the home side has conceded at least twice in eight of those aforementioned nine matches.

Benfica are in desperate need of a victory, as the Eagles currently find themselves third in the table and a massive seven points behind leaders Porto.

The visitor’s recent form has been strong overall, as they have won six of their last seven Primeira Liga games. Their recent matches in the Portuguese top-flight have been relatively high scoring, with five of their last eight league games producing over 2.5 goals.

Bruno Lage’s team have won three of their last four away games in the league. A defeat at Portimonense last time out ended a three-game winning run on their travels for the visitors.

Forebet predicts that Benfica will record a victory in a low scoring game to maintain their good recent form in the Primeira Liga.

Predictions for Primeira

Home team - Away team Forebet
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CD AvesVitória Setúbal
20/01/2019 15:00
2
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Boavista FCPortimonense SC
20/01/2019 17:30
2
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Rio AveCD Feirense
20/01/2019 20:00
1
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Nacional MadeiraSporting Braga
18/01/2019 18:45
2

Portugal Primeira - predictions, tips, statistics
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. FC Porto 46 18 15 1 2 38 11 27
2. SL Benfica 41 18 13 2 3 38 17 21
3. Sporting Braga 40 18 12 4 2 35 17 18
4. Sporting CP 38 18 12 2 4 35 19 16
5. Belenenses 29 18 7 8 3 23 18 5
6. Vitória Guimarães 28 18 8 4 6 22 18 4
7. Moreirense FC 28 18 9 1 8 19 23 -4
8. Portimonense SC 24 17 7 3 7 24 28 -4
9. CD Santa Clara 21 18 6 3 9 26 28 -2
10. Rio Ave 20 17 5 5 7 27 30 -3
11. Marítimo 20 18 6 2 10 12 21 -9
12. Nacional Madeira 19 18 5 4 9 19 33 -14
13. Vitória Setúbal 19 17 5 4 8 16 19 -3
14. CD Tondela 19 18 5 4 9 23 27 -4
15. Boavista FC 16 17 4 4 9 12 19 -7
16. CD Feirense 13 17 2 7 8 11 24 -13
17. CD Aves 12 17 3 3 11 18 31 -13
18. GD Chaves 12 18 3 3 12 13 28 -15

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