Estoril vs Benfica Predictions

Estoril vs Benfica predictions for Saturday’s Primeira Liga contest at Estadio Antonio Coimbra da Mota. Following yet another setback in Europe this week, Roger Schmidt is optimistic that his team can sustain their impressive streak of domestic victories leading up to the international break. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.

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Estoril vs Benfica Predictions

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A Game of Contrasts

Key Stats
– Benfica boast a six-game winning streak in the Primeira Liga.
– Estoril have netted more goals this season than Porto, despite their league position.
– Estoril’s home record against Benfica is bleak, with just one non-loss in the last 12 fixtures.

This weekend, the spotlight in Portugal’s Primeira Liga will focus on Benfica’s journey just outside Lisbon, as they gear up to confront Estoril Praia. As Roger Schmidt’s Benfica aim to keep their domestic winning streak intact following a European setback, Estoril hope to leverage their home advantage and disrupt the visitors’ rhythm.

The Benfica Chronicles: From European Struggles to Domestic Dominance

Benfica’s European dreams have recently taken a hit. Their Champions League odyssey commenced with successive losses, and a dismal performance against Inter Milan at San Siro, indicated that all’s not well in the European front. Their defensive structure crumbled, allowing Inter a whopping xG of 3.82.

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However, Benfica have proven their mettle domestically. Their triumphant run over Porto in O Classico epitomises their prowess, marking their sixth consecutive win in the league. But to stay in the title race, Benfica must remain vigilant, especially with a crucial fixture against Sporting Lisbon looming.

Estoril Praia’s Story: Defying Expectations

While currently languishing in the relegation zone, Estoril have showcased moments of brilliance. In a surprising twist, they’ve netted more goals than some top-tier teams like Porto. However, a brittle defence has cost them, leading to losses in high-scoring affairs. Their recent 3-2 defeat to Vitoria Guimaraes further exacerbated their woes. Now, with fixtures against the league’s giants in the pipeline, Estoril’s resilience will be tested. Their track record against Benfica is not promising; with 11 losses in 12 home encounters. The challenge now is to rewrite history.

The Tactical Toolbox: Players to Watch

For Benfica, all eyes will be on the availability of Angel Di Maria, their top goal-getter this season. While Antonio Silva makes a return, Benfica will feel the absence of Alexander Bah and the suspended Joao Victor.

Estoril, on the other hand, will miss Holsgrove due to his red card, and Eliaquim Mangala remains sidelined. Joao Marques, having been pivotal in their attack, might play a crucial role.

Predictions Time!

1. Match Outcome (Both Teams to Score): Given Estoril’s commendable attacking display and Benfica’s lethal frontline, it’s plausible that both teams will find the back of the net.

2. Correct Score: Considering both teams’ current forms and past encounters, a 3-1 victory for Benfica seems probable.

3. Goalscorer Prediction: Despite Di Maria’s uncertain participation, Rafa Silva from Benfica looks in fine touch and is likely to be on the scoresheet. Joao Marques, with his current form, might be Estoril’s beacon.

4. Corner Analysis: Historically, Benfica dominates ball possession and attacking plays, suggesting they might win more corners. Estimating from the teams’ gameplay, a total of 11 corners for both teams combined is anticipated.

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