Pacos Ferreira take on the visitors Benfica in the round 34 match of Liga Portugal. The match will be played on Friday, May 13th at Estádio da Capital do Móvel (Paços de Ferreira).
Pacos Ferreira are simply finishing the season. It wasn’t possible to repeat even at least relatively the results of the previous draw, when the 5th place was taken. The Beavers failed to get into the main round of the Conference League, but there, in the decisive round of qualification, such a powerful opponent as Tottenham Hotspur crossed the road. In the domestic arena, there was a noticeable regression. There were hopes that something would be corrected by the breakthrough that began in February. Then the team was able to win 5 times in 7 rounds. But then, in April, all was blown away. And in the last 4 fights, the team lost 2 times and brought the meetings to a draw also twice.
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Benfica will finish the season in 3rd place - once again. By and large, the season was disappointing for them. Yes, there was an important caveat: the Portuguese performed well in the Champions League. In the round of 16, the Eagles managed to surprise everyone again by knocking out Ajax, who had a 100% record of 6 wins in 6 matches, in the fall. Against Liverpool it was 3-3 at Anfield, but before that they lost at home 1-3, and at home the Merseysiders complacently allowed to recoup, losing a considerable advantage. But in the domestic arena there was a strong start, with 7 victories in a row. But then the project was blown away, quickly lagging behind historical competitors. The long-awaited dismissal of Jorge Jesus by the fans did not really change anything in Primeira, under Nelson Semedo, the results did not become more consistent.
Pacos Ferreira won last head-to-head in 2015. Then Benfica dominated almost unconditionally. Including the Eagles won all 9 last head-to-head matches. Already this season it was 4-1 in the cup and 2-0 in Primeira. Pacos lost half a dozen players due to injuries, including the Argentinean Gaitan, in addition, Vekic was sent off in the last round. Benfica have Rafa Silva, Lucas Verissima and Piño in the infirmary. We have no doubt that Benfica will win again, the only question is how confidently.
Prediction for the match: Benfica to win with -1.0 handicap.