Benfica v Boavista Prediction, Betting Tips and Preview
Benfica take on Boavista in Primeira Liga action this Saturday. Read the match predictions to find out why we predict the Benfica to claim all three points.
Benfica v Boavista Preview
Benfica sit in second place in the Primeira Liga and just two points behind leaders Porto. The title is still very much up for grabs and with the club already being eliminated from the Champions League and The Taça de Portugal, manager Rui Vitória will be fully focussed on the league and achieving their fifth consecutive Primeira Liga title.
Unbeaten at home this season, Benfica host Boavista who have struggled on their travels. The hosts are on fine form, thrashing fifth-placed Rio Ave 5-1 in their last home game and more recently, Portimonense 3-1 away. Rui Vitória’s side have found the net more than any other team in the league this season, scoring 55 goals in 22 games. 17 of those goals have come in the last six games which will worry the visitors on Saturday.
Forwards Eduardo Salvio and Jonas Gonçalves will both miss the match through injury with the latter picking up a knock in Benfica’s latest match against Portimonense. Rafa Silva and Raul Jimenez are expected to lead the front line as replacements alongside Franco Cervi.
Boavista have struggled on the road this term, picking up just 9 points from 11 games and scoring just 10 goals. They’re going to find it hard to break down Benfica’s sturdy defence and will hope to keep their own back four tight to be in with a chance of taking away any points.
The visitors are in 6th place in the league and a distant 16 points from a Europa League spot and although they will be hoping to narrow that gap, they are going to find it tough to do so on Saturday.
Manager Jorge Simão has no new injury concerns and will have a choice of playing Rui Pedro, Ruiz or Rochinha up top as he switches to a 4-2-3-1 formation.
Benfica v Boavista Betting Tips
- Benfica have won 6 drawn 4 and lost 0 of their last 10 matches
- Boavista have won 4 drawn 2 and lost 4 of their last 10 matches
- Over the course of their previous 10 matches, Benfica have scored an average of 2.7 goals and conceded an average of 1 goal per game
- Over the course of their previous 10 matches, Boavista have scored an average of 1 goal and conceded an average of 1.4 goals per game
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 7 of Benfica’s previous 10 matches
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 5 of Boavista’s previous 10 matches
Benfica v Boavista Predictions
There’s no question that the home side are clearly favourites here. Benfica are challenging for their fifth consecutive league title and simply cannot afford to drop points in games like this. They’re scoring for fun at the moment and should be able to net at least a couple against a Boavista side who have been poor on the road all season. Boavista will find it tough to break down Benfica’s defence and even if they do they are unlikely to outscore the current champions. 3-0 Benfica.
RECENT Head To Head
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Benfica have failed to beat Boavista in their last three meetings with the last ending in a 2-1 win to Boavista after two second-half goals from Renato Santos and Fabio Espinho secured three points for the home side.
Historically, Benfica have come out on top against Boavista with 14 wins from 38 played while Boavista have tasted victory in 9 of those matches.
LiveBenfica vBoavista Updates
|Ruben Dias ||18'
|46' ||out Rui Pedro |
|46' ||out Kuca |
in Renato Santos
|in Diogo Goncalves |
out Rafa Silva
|69' ||out Fabio Espinho |
|Own Nuno Henrique ||77'
|out Jonas |
in Raul Jimenez
|Diogo Goncalves ||79'
|out Pizzi |
in Joao Carvalho
|Raul Jimenez ||90'
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