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The Primeira Liga game at Estádio Capital do Móvel on Saturday will see hosts Paços de Ferreira welcome Benfica.
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Paços de Ferreira
Paços de Ferreira will be looking for an improved result here following a 2-0 Primeira Liga defeat last time out to Famalicão.
In that match, Paços de Ferreira had 56% possession and 3 attempts on goal with 0 of them on target. At the other end, Famalicão had 16 attempts on goal with 6 on target. Anderson Oliveira (41') and Iván Jaime (64') scored for Famalicão.
It’s not been often in recent games that Paços de Ferreira have kept a clean sheet. The facts show that Os Castores have seen their defence breached in 5 of their previous 6 clashes, letting in 9 goals in the process. We will have to find out if that trend will be sustained into this next match.
A look at their previous results shows us that Paços de Ferreira:
- have not beaten Benfica in their previous 9 league games.
- are undefeated in their last 11 league matches at home. Visiting teams have certainly not had an easy time of it here.
Benfica go into this game after a 1-0 Primeira Liga win as they beat Marítimo in their last fixture.
In that game, Benfica had 66% possession and 15 shots on goal with 6 on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Benfica was Luca Waldschmidt (21'). Marítimo got 8 shots at goal with 2 of them on target.
A succession of reliable showings from the Benfica defenders has resulted in the number of goals they’ve conceded standing at 3 from their past 6 fixtures in total. During the same period of time, their own attack force has managed to score 12.
Looking at the pre-match facts, Benfica:
- have not lost to Paços de Ferreira in games played away from home for the previous 4 league games. Away fans have certainly had plenty to cheer about.
- haven't been defeated in their previous 4 league matches away from home.
Head to head
An inspection of past results between these clubs going back to 18/03/2017 shows that these encounters have been disappointments for Paços de Ferreira. They have not been able to come away with any victories whatsoever whereas Benfica have been too good for them, finishing as winners in 83% of those games played.
A combined total of 16 goals were shared by the two clubs in these games, with 2 of them for Os Castores and 14 coming from Benfica. The average number of goals per game works out to 2.67.
The previous league encounter between these clubs was Primeira Liga match day 9 on 06/12/2020 which ended up with the score at Benfica 2-1 Paços de Ferreira.
On that occasion, Benfica had 67% possession and 13 shots at goal with 4 of them on target. The goalscorers were Rafa Silva (58') and Luca Waldschmidt (94').
On the other side, Paços de Ferreira got 16 shots on goal with 5 of them on target. Oleg Reabciuk (24') was the scorer.
The referee was Rui Costa.
Team News: Paços de Ferreira
Mohamed Diaby (Achilles tendon surgery) and Marco Baixinho (Muscle Injury) won’t be available for Paços manager Pedro Pêpa.
Team News: Benfica
Benfica boss Jorge Jesus has some current player fitness concerns. Gabriel (Hamstring Injury), André Almeida (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) and Andreas Samaris (Achilles tendon surgery) won’t be making appearances.
In our view, Paços de Ferreira will manage to put a goal past this Benfica side, however a single goal probably won’t be enough to give them the result that they want.
Our tip is for a narrow 1-2 advantage for Benfica after the 90. Looking forward to seeing how this one unfolds.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Paços de Ferreira
Stadium: Estádio Capital do Móvel (9,076)
Captain: Marcelo dos Santos Ferreira
Chairman: Paulo Meneses
Manager: Pedro Pêpa
Competitions: Primeira Liga position 5
⭐ Star Man: Douglas Tanque
Normally taking up the Striker position, Douglas Tanque was born in Santa Cruz do Rio Pardo, Brazil. Having made his senior debut playing for Thespa Kusatsu in the 2015 season, the goalscoring Forward has contributed 7 league goals in this Primeira Liga 2020 - 2021 campaign to date in 23 appearances.