Matchday 26 of the Primeira Liga kicks off with SL Benfica hosting FC Vizela on Friday.
SL Benfica, currently third in the Primeira Liga standings, is on 57 points just four below second-place Sporting CP. The home team faces FC Vizela who is 14th on 24 points just three ahead of the relegation zone. Both teams are out to take all three points, but for opposite reasons.
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Match Date: March 11, 2022
Match Time: 12:30 p.m. ET
TV: Benfica TV
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Benfica is ten points behind league-leader Porto and while the dream of winning the league isn’t fully dead, the team has a much more attainable goal within reach: finishing in the top two and securing an automatic spot in next year’s UEFA Champions League.
The club led by head coach Nélson Veríssimo is looking for its third straight victory in league play and is currently on a five-match undefeated streak in Primeira Liga play. The latest match was a 2-1 away win over Portimonense thanks to goals from Álex Grimaldo and Gonçalo Ramos.
Vizela, meanwhile, is hoping to avoid its fourth defeat in five matches in league play, with the team’s most recent failure coming in its visit to Santa Clara, a match that ended 3-1 in favor of the home side. Portuguese winger Kiko scored Vizela’s only goal of the match.
As Águias are perhaps too far away from league leaders Porto, 10 points back with nine games left to play, but local rivals Sporting CP are much closer for third placed Benfica to catch – just four points clear While level on games played, Benfica will be looking to apply the pressure on Sporting who play later in the weekend Vizela, meanwhile, will be hoping to keep their distance from the drop zone, currently three points above the relegation play off place
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Benfica manager Nelson Verissimo will have the Champions League on his mind when Vizela come to visit, with the second leg of their last 16 tie against Ajax scheduled for Tuesday The hosts remain without Haris Seferovic, Lucas Verissimo and Rodrigo Pinho, but we could see some rotation with the likes of Morato, Joao Mario and Darwin Nunez looking to start
Benfica predicted XI Vlachodimos; Lazaro, Otamendi, Vertonghen, Grima