The Estádio da Luz will be the stage on Saturday for Benfica’s debut in the 2019/20 season, where it will face the newly promoted Paços de Ferreira in a match counting for the first round of the NOS League.
Benfica won 26 of their last 29 games and have scored at least 2 goals in 25 of the last 29 matches against Paços de Ferreira in all competitions. The Incarnates started the season with a 5-0 thrashing against big rival Sporting in the Super Cup. This win will further increase confidence for this match and the start of the Portuguese league. The hosts are lethal at the start of the season and can easily find their way into the opposition’s goal, as shown by the many goals they have achieved this season, including 8-0 against Académica. They will play in front of their audience with the stadium full and with a great atmosphere. Gabriel will not be able to play after the Super Cup injury and must be replaced by Samaris. The starting 11 will likely be: Vlachodimos – Grimaldo, Rúben Dias, Ferro, Nuno Tavares – Rafa, Samaris, Florentino, Pizzi – Seferovic, Raul de Tomás.
Paços de Ferreira is one of the newly promoted to the top level of Portuguese football and must go through some difficulties to stay at the top level. Although they have not had an extraordinary preseason, they have achieved a reasonable record, but have not faced anyone approaching Benfica’s level so I predict they will have a tough time in this game, I don’t think they can cope with the offensive eagles’ dynamics. There are no injuries to register on Paços de Ferreira’s side. The starting 11 will likely be: Ricardo – Bruno Teles, Baixinho, André Pereira, Bruno dos Santos – André Leão, Luiz Carlos, Zé Uilton, Pedrinho, Bernardo Martins – Douglas.
All statistics point to a convincing and smooth victory for Benfica and I predict this will happen relatively easily. If you want to enjoy these odds, open an account at the best betting software right now with the best betting agent, BET-IBC.