Foot Predictions previews the Sunday’s First League clash between SC Farense and Benfica, including tips, preview and possible lineups.
Benfica will try to end a series of inconsistencies that have dropped them to fourth place on the Premier League table when they travel to SC Farense on Sunday.
Águias have won just one of the last six matches they have played in the championship, while the home team comes to this game with some renewed confidence, having left the table with four points in the last two games.
Farense has reason to be optimistic based on the last matches, having earned a deserved five points in the last four matches, and four in the last two matches.
More recently, Os Leoes de Faro secured an impressive 2-2 draw against Vitória de Guimarães, sixth, thanks to a late draw.
Ryan Gauld scored a penalty in the first half to level the game after a Pepelu goal, but the hosts returned to lead through Marcus Edwards, before Farense’s task became even more difficult when the full-back Alex Pinto a red card was shown at the hour mark.
However, they managed to tie through the substitute Nikola Stojiljkovic with 10 minutes to go, sealing a crucial point in his attempt to survive the immediate relegation to the second division after being promoted last season.
Before this draw, Jorge CostaThe team’s team achieved a dramatic 3-2 victory at Nacional.
Farense led 2-0 in Andre Pinto and Gauld, but the visitors pulled the game to 2-2 in the second half with goals from João Vigário and Pedro Mendes before scorer Mendes made the final impact, converting the ball into his own goal in the final five minutes and handing the three points over to Costa’s men.
Since his appointment as coach in early February, the former Porto defender has raised the Algarve team from the bottom of the table, with one victory, two draws and a narrow loss in the four games in charge.
He hopes to continue this recovery in form in this game, when he receives a strong, but inconsistent Benfica team at the São Luís Stadium.
Although his league form has been disappointing recently, Jorge jesusThe team comes to this match with a good result in the Europa League on Thursday, when they drew 1-1 with Arsenal in the first leg of the Europa League round of 16.
Pizzi put As Aguias ahead of a penalty just after the break, but Bukayo Saka it equalized instantly for the Gunners, seeing the sides go to the level of the second leg.
Jesus’ team drew 1-1 at home with Moreirense, most recently in the league, when a Haris Seferovic goal was canceled by a Yan penalty before the break.
This means that As Aguias have won just one of their last six Premier League games, dropping to fourth place in the first division after fighting Porto for second place.
Jesus will be desperate to return to the victories in this game, since the Lisbon team seeks to return to the first three places of the First League and to pressure the teams that are above them.
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Farense will not be able to count on right-back Alex Pinto, who faces a punishment match for the red card in the tie with Vitória.
Right side mate Tomas Tavares will also not be available for this game, since he cannot play against the home club, having joined Farense on loan from Benfica in January.
However, left-back Fabio Nunes will return to the team after fulfilling suspension in the tie with Vitória, which means Abner can be moved to the right side of the defense The Leoes of Faro for this game.
Ryan Gauld will be the key man in the home team, with the Scotsman scoring seven goals and four assists in 19 Premier League games this season.
He could join Stojiljkovic, who reinforced his position for the vacancy by scoring on the bench to give Farense a point on Wednesday.
Benfica was driven by the return of Luca Waldschmidt, who started the Europa League round against Arsenal, but the German can rest in this game and return to action in the championship, after returning from a long pass through the sidelines.
Darwin Nunez and Haris Seferovic are expected to lead the attack on As Aguias, with the pair having a total of 12 goals and 10 assists in the Premier League this season.
However, they are not exempt from injury problems, with the young striker Goncalo ramos with a muscle injury, joining experienced defenders Jardel and Andre Almeida, which remain out of dispute.
Helton Leite was preferred for Odysseas Vlachodimos on the Benfica network in recent weeks, with the Brazilian starting in the last three games in all competitions.
Whichever goalkeeper is selected, he will be protected by the duo of defenders Nicolas Otamendi and Jan Vertonghen, which form one of the strongest defenses in the league.
Possible initial SC Farense lineup:
I defended; Abner, Pinto, Mancha, Nunes; Oudrhiri, Lucca; Lyca, Gauld, Queta; Stojiljkovic
Possible initial line-up for Benfica:
Milk; Gilberto, Otamendi, Vertonghen, Grimaldo; Silva, Weigl, Taarabt, Everton; Nunez, Seferovic
Probability: SC Farense 1-2 Benfica
With As Águias struggling to find consistency in the championship, as well as with a recovery of the form of the home team, we see that this is a very disputed game, but we hope that Benfica will only overcome it thanks to their superior offensive talent.
The combination of Nunez and Seferovic, possibly supported by the return of Waldschmidt, can cause big problems for Farense, and we hope that the 39-time champions will get the three points at the São Luís Stadium.
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