Boavista vs Benfica
Portugal – Primeira Liga
Date: Saturday, 18 August 2018
Kick-Off at 19:00 UK / 20:00 CET
Venue: Estadio do Bessa Seculo XXI, Porto.
Boavista began the new season in a superb manner beating Portimonense 0-2 on the road last weekend.
Os Axadrezados thus announced a strong campaign targeting the Europa League battle in this term of Primeira Liga.
Such ambitions are about to be heavily tested on Saturday evening when last year runners-up Benfica come to visit Estadio do Bessa Seculo XXI.
Can the hosts capitalize on a victorious start with a result against league heavyweights here?
The Eagles completed the UCL task successfully on Tuesday night when they held Fenerbahce to a 1-1 draw away at Sukru Saracoglu Stadyumu to book a spot in the play-offs.
Benfica will play Greek PAOK there as the first leg of the tie is scheduled for next Tuesday at Estadio da Luz.
Given the stakes will be massive there (the participation in the UCL group phase), we could expect Rui Vitoria mixing up his cards to rest key players for the much more important Champions League affair.
Boavista vs Benfica: Head-to-head
- Benfica won 14 and lost 7 of 36 meetings with Os Axadrezados.
- However, teams have 5 wins apiece in 18 games at Estadio do Bessa Seculo XXI.
- Boavista took four points from last two home matches against the Eagles.
- Three or more goals were seen in each of last four head to head games between the two sides.
Boavista vs Benfica: Prediction
The value has to be with Boavista here. Jorge Simao’s men will come into the game highly motivated to pick up the result against such a strong opposition who will have the UCL tie with PAOK on mind.
Estadio do Bessa Seculo XXI is generally one of the toughest fortresses to conquer in Portugal. Boavista won 11 of 17 home games in the previous term of Primeira Liga.
Based on everything written above, we will go for the hosts not to lose the match at the odds of 2.80.
You can alternatively back Benfica not to score two or more goals in the game knowing that Boavista’s defensive line did not concede in last two games.
Boavista vs Benfica: Bet Tips
Boavista or Draw Double Chance @ 2.65 (18/11)
Benfica Under 1.5 Team Goals @ 2.10 (11/10)