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The Primeira Liga tie at Estádio João Cardoso on Friday sees home side Tondela go into battle with Benfica.
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Tondela enter this game following on from a 2-2 Primeira Liga drawn result vs Famalicão.
In that match, Tondela managed 46% possession and 10 shots on goal with 2 of them on target. For Tondela, the scorers were Mario González (45') and Jhon Murillo (45'). At the other end, Famalicão had 11 attempts at goal with 3 on target. Ivo Rodrigues (10') and Leonardo Campana (28') scored for Famalicão.
Auriverdes have been conceding pretty frequently lately, but they’ve also found ways to hit the back of the net themselves. Over their last 6 matches, Auriverdes have seen their goal breached in 6 of them while also getting on the scoresheet in 5 of those matches.
Coming into this contest, Tondela have not won against Benfica in their last 5 matches in the league.
Benfica will go into the encounter following a 2-1 Primeira Liga win versus Santa Clara in their previous outing.
In that game, Benfica managed 62% possession and 10 attempts on goal with 1 on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Benfica was Chiquinho (73'). Santa Clara got 16 shots on goal with 7 of them on target. Carlos Júnior (26' Own goal) and Anderson Carvalho (62') scored for Santa Clara.
Demonstrating their fondness for action-packed matches, the back of the net has been hit 20 times in the previous six games in which Benfica have taken to the field, yielding a mean average of 3.33 goals per clash. Their opponents have hit 4 of those goals. That sort of pattern might not follow through here, of course.
Heading into this fixture, Benfica haven't been defeated in their previous 6 away league matches.
Head to head
An examination of their prior head to head clashes going back to 28/04/2018 tells us that Tondela have won 1 of these games & Benfica 4, with the number of drawn games standing at 1.
An aggregate of 13 goals were scored between the two sides during those clashes, with 4 of them for Auriverdes and 9 being from Benfica. The average goals per game has been 2.17.
The last league game featuring the two was Primeira Liga match day 13 on 08/01/2021 and the score finished Benfica 2-0 Tondela.
On that day, Benfica had 66% possession and 21 attempts at goal with 5 on target. The goals were scored by Haris Seferović (54') and Luca Waldschmidt (94').
For their opponents, Tondela got 3 shots on goal with 2 on target.
The match was refereed by Manuel Oliveira.
Team News: Tondela
It doesn’t get much better regarding selection, with just the lone fitness concern for the Tondela gaffer Pako Ayestarán to contend with from an otherwise complete set of players. Joel Sousa (Corona virus) will miss out.
Team News: Benfica
Benfica boss Jorge Jesus has a number of players out of action. Adel Taarabt (Muscle Injury), Andreas Samaris (Achilles tendon surgery), André Almeida (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) and Jardel (Unknown Injury) miss out here. The players ineligible for this match because of suspension are Julian Weigl and Nicolás Otamendi.
We’re inclined to think that Tondela have enough to get a goal against this Benfica side, although one goal might not quite be as many as the goals that they could concede.
Therefore, we’re predicting both teams to score in a 1-2 winning score for Benfica when the referee blows the final whistle. There looks to be little in this one.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Estádio João Cardoso (5,000)
Captain: Ricardo Alves
Chairman: Gilberto Neves Coimbra
Manager: Pako Ayestarán
Competitions: Primeira Liga position 9
⭐ Star Man: Jhon Murillo
Customarily played in the Left Wing position, Jhon Murillo was born in El Nula, Venezuela. After having made a senior debut playing for Tondela in the 2015 - 2016 season, the talented Forward has netted 3 league goals in the Primeira Liga 2020 - 2021 season so far from a total of 25 appearances.