Benfica faces Boavista in the Portuguese League Cup semifinals. The match will be played on Tuesday, January 25th at Estádio Dr. Magalhães Pessoa (Leiria)
Benfica made it to the knockout stages of the current Champions League, managing to qualify from the group with Bayern Munich and Barcelona. But not everything is so good in the local championship. The Eagles are ranked only third in the standings, lagging behind FC Porto by nine points. There are frankly few chances for the title, but Benfica can still fight for the second line because Sporting is only three points ahead. The Eagles look not so confident in terms of the game, and victories are usually gained with certain difficulties. The League Cup is the trophy that Benfica is still capable of winning. In the last match, the Reds beat modest Arouca away (0-2).
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Boavista takes only 11th place in the Portuguese championship standings. The team has not lost in five matches in a row, although there were draws in four cases. It doesn't sound bad, but in fact, the gap from the danger zone is only three points. The Panthers played their last match in a draw, having managed to save themselves from a defeat to Pacos de Ferreira (1-1). Boavista rarely gets a chance to win a trophy, and now this team is one step away from the final.
Benfica and Boavista played one head-to-head match in the current season, and the Eagles won at home with a score of 3-1. Everything is familiar: the grandee will play against the middle peasant and is a big favorite of the upcoming confrontation. But Benfica does not look reliable, and the Panthers can create a lot of problems for the Eagles. We think the fans will see at least three goals scored.
Prediction for the match: Over 2.5 goals scored