Benfica vs Vitoria Guimaraes
Portugal – Primeira Liga
Date: Friday, 10 August 2018
Kick-Off at 20:30 UK / 21:30 CET
Venue: Estadio da Luz, Lisbon.
Benfica and Vitoria Guimaraes are set to raise the curtain on the new Primeira Liga season on Friday evening at Estadio da Luz.
The Eagles are obviously massive favourites to pick up the initial victory following their Champions League success and a 1-0 win over Fenerbahce in the third qualifying round of the competition.
Since the reverse fixture in Istanbul is scheduled for next Tuesday, we would not be surprised to see Rui Vitoria making some changes to the starting line-up for this tie.
He started with Cervi, Salvio and Ferreyra as the attacking trio against Fener as Nicolas Castillo and Andrija Zivkovic came on from the bench in the second half.
It was left winger Franco Cervi who eventually made the difference bagging the lone goal of the game just after the hour-mark.
Benfica vs Vitoria Guimaraes: Head-to-head
Benfica entirely dominated this match-up in the most recent history.
The Eagles won nine on the trot against the Guimaraes side.
Six of last seven Benfica’s wins came by at least two goals difference.
The Eagles won 20 of 29 home games against Guimaraes.
Benfica vs Vitoria Guimaraes: Prediction
Vitoria enjoyed a fine attacking form in pre-season friendlies, but they got off to a rough start to the official season, falling 0-2 at home to Tondela in Taca da Liga tie last weekend.
Luis Castro’s men thus conceded two goals in each of past three games, including friendlies.
They will face hard task stopping whoever gets the chance to lead Benfica’s line here as Rui Vitoria has a strong firepower on display in the final third for Primeira Liga standards.
Guimaraes struggled badly on travels in the previous season, losing 12 of 17 away games in the league.
The Eagles, on the other side, won 14 of 17 home matches last year and we see them as massive favourites to grab the spoils on Friday evening.
The main bet is Benfica to win by two or more goals difference at the odds of 1.75.
Benfica vs Vitoria Guimaraes: Bet Tips
Benfica -1.5 handicap @ 1.75
HT/FT benfica/Benfica @ 1.61.