Benfica take on the visitors Vitoria Guimaraes in the round 25 of Liga Portugal. The match will be played on Saturday, February 18th at Estádio da Luz (Lisbon).
The chances of Benfica becoming champions this season are getting higher and higher. Currently, the "Eagles" are in first place, 8 points ahead of Porto, who are chasing them. Benfica doesn't have any major problems right now and is calmly racking up victories in the national championship, while also performing well in the Champions League. Therefore, the upcoming match for the hosts should be quite routine. Although the opponent is not the easiest, Vitoria are having major problems with their attacking style of play, and it will be extremely difficult for them to break through Benfica's quality defense. This situation sets the stage for a win by the hosts based on their class.
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Vitoria are currently in a high 5th position, but it will be difficult for them to climb higher since the top teams in the country have already gathered there, and they are 10 points behind. Vitoria are known for number of clean sheets and their defense is decent, having only conceded 24 goals in 24 matches. However, they have only scored 24 goals, compared to Benfica's 61 goals scored up to this point in the championship. Therefore, there is not much faith that the guests in this match will be able to aim for a victory, or even a draw. Benfica's motivation is very high right now, as the team is fighting for the title and delivering a great winning streak. Therefore, Vitoria will undoubtedly become just another victim of the "eagles," and that will be the end of it.
The bookmakers do not anticipate any competition or intrigue in this match and have set a tiny coefficient for the home team. Well, it is quite possible to support such a message from the bookmakers, and indeed, a win based on class from the hosts is imminent. I choose the option: handicap (-1.5) on Benfica. A routine victory, such as 2:0, is very likely here.
Prediction for the match: Benfica to win with -1.5 handicap.