Benfica is set to host SC Farense at Estadio da Luz in a bid to claim the top spot in the Portuguese Primeira Liga table on Friday.
The hosts are trailing the league leaders, Sporting Lisbon, by two points after a recent draw, while the visitors sit in eighth place following a defeat in their last match.
Benfica will look to rebound at Estadio da Luz after a disappointing draw in their latest fixture. Despite a strong start to their Primeira Liga title defense, they have faced some setbacks recently, including drawing against Moreirense in their last league game.
The Eagles, managed by Roger Schmidt, had started impressively with nine victories in their opening 12 games, but they aim to regain momentum and challenge for their 39th league title.
SC Farense, despite a mixed start, showed promise with three consecutive victories before the international break. However, they stumbled in their recent match against Vitoria de Guimaraes, suffering a late defeat.
Jose Mota’s side, promoted this season, had managed to climb up the league standings with improved performances but faced a setback in their bid to secure consistent results.
Benfica Primeira Liga form: W W D W W D
Benfica form (all competitions): W L W W D D
SC Farense Primeira Liga form: L D W W W L
SC Farense form (all competitions): L W L W W L
Benfica’s Schmidt might consider making some changes to the squad after the draw against Moreirense. Alexander Bah and David Neres are still sidelined due to injuries.
Petar Musa might start as the lone striker, supported by Joao Mario, Rafa Silva, and Angel Di Maria. Orkun Kocku could return to the midfield, while Juan Bernat may also feature if fully fit.
SC Farense will miss Fabricio Isidoro due to suspension, and Mattheus Oliveira could be absent due to injury. Tiago Silva might fill the midfield void, and Bruno Duarte is expected to lead the attacking line.
Possible Starting Lineups:
Aursnes, Silva, Otamendi, Morato;
Di Maria, Silva, Mario;
SC Farense: ( 4-3-3)
Pastor, G Silva, Muscat, Talocha;
Goncalves, Falcao, T Silva;
Belloumi, Duarte, Costa
Prediction: Benfica 2-0 SC Farense
Benfica will likely dominate at Estadio da Luz, aiming to recover from their recent draw. Schmidt’s side possesses the quality to secure a comfortable victory against SC Farense, who might find it challenging to withstand Benfica’s strong attack.