Chaves vs Benfica
Portugal – Primeira Liga
Date: Monday, 14th August 2017
Kick-off at 21:00 UK / 22:00 CET
Venue: Estadio Municipal de Chaves.
One of the most exciting duels in Portugal this week takes place in Chaves, where the team with the same name and Benfica will square off. The hosts never even snatched a point from the Portuguese champions, so they will be motivated to do so in front of their fans.
Chaves started off the current campaign with a defeat from Guimaraes. They conceded three goals easily, but they managed to score two as the final whistle was approaching.
The hosts are likely to fight for the survival this season, but taking their excellent preseason they might join the fight for the mid-table positions.
The away side commenced their season with a title, beating Vitoria de Guimaraes in the Portuguese Super Cup with 3-1. They repeated the similar performance in their first game of the league, outplaying Braga with the same result.
Benfica will compete in several competitions this season – League Cup, Taca de Portugal, Primeira Liga and UEFA Champions League. They lost several important players during the transfer window and it is questionable whether Benfica are able to compete equally in both major competitions.
Chaves vs Benfica: Head-to-head
As previously mentioned, Chaves failed to remain unbeaten against Benfica in four overall attempts. Last season, Benfica won 0-2 in Chaves and 3-1 at Estádio da Luz.
Chaves vs Benfica: Prediction
The visitors are clear favorites in this match-up. Anything other than three points would be under the expectations for the champions, while even a point would satisfy the home side. Mitroglu is out for Benfica, but he was well replaced by Seferovic paired with Jonas in the previous game. Benfica prefer the offensive approach so we might see at least a goal on both sides.
Chaves vs Benfica: Bet Tips
The first bet will be Both Teams to Score YES at the odds of 1.97 @ Unibet.
If you prefer higher risk and reward you can go for Over 2.75 goals at the odds of 1.76.