SL Benfica 21-5-5, Vitoria SC 12-10-9
7/14/20 4:30 pm
Over 2.5 (-125), Under 2.5 (+100) Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
SL Benfica is hosting Vitoria SC at Estadio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica in round 32 in Portuguese Primeira Liga.
Benfica has said goodbye to the title with their latest result in the Primeira Liga. With 68 points, Benfica is in second place, but they are big 8 points behind Porto at the top. In their most recent Primeira Liga game against Famalicao on the road, Benfica has had 52% of ball possession, 9 shots on goal, 8 corner kicks, and 82% of the correct passes. Despite having a lot of shots on goal, Benfica was able to score only 1 goal at the end of the first half, but unfortunately for Benfica, Famalicao tied the game in 84th minute, and the final result was 1-1. Overall, Benfica has had a solid season with 68 scored goals and 25 conceded goals, but they lacked focus after the restart and that is what cost Benfica the title. Vinicius and Pizzi scored 17 goals each for Benfica this season and they are the leading goal scorers, while Pizzi also added 9 assists. Grimaldo and Taarabat are both injured, and the season is over for them. Benfica might have lost the race for the Primeira Liga title, but they will still have a chance to beat Port on the Taco de Portugal finals, which is the Portuguese cup competition, on August 1st.
Vitoria has been playing well since the restart, and they have 2 wins, 2 losses, and 3 draws in their last 7 games. During this period, Vitoria has scored 10 goals, and they have scored in every one of their games since the restart. Vitoria has conceded 9 goals, but they were able to keep 2 clean sheets in their last 7 games. Vitoria is in 7th place in the standings with 46 points, and even though they can’t reach the Europa League spot anymore, Vitoria could go a few spots up or down in the standings, depending on their results in the last 3 games if the season. With 50 scored goals overall this season, Vitoria is among the best offensive teams in the Primeira Liga, while their defense has been good with only 34 conceded goals in 50 games. In their latest Primeira Liga matcha against Gil Vicente at home, Vitoria has had 44% of ball possession, 3 corner kicks, 81% of the correct passes, but only 1 shot on goal. Vitoria was leading 1-0 with a goal in the 63rd minute, but Gil Vicente has scored 2 goals at the very end of the game, in the 93rd and the 96th minute, and with that, Vitoria has lost this game 1-2. Teixeira and Duarte have both scored 8 goals for Vitoria this season, while Edwards added 6 assists. Wakaso, Bandarenko, Aziz, and Mascarenhas are all injured for Vitoria, and they will not be in the roster for this match. All in all, this was a good season for Vitoria where they are far from the relegation zone, and where they proved that they could play good soccer if they put their heads together.
The trends are heavily on Benfica’s side in this matchup but seeing how inconsistent Benfica has been since the restart, I’m hesitant to side with them. Vitoria is a good team that is scoring a lot of goals, and for that reason, I will pick something on goals here.