Estoril vs Benfica
Portuguese Primeira Liga
Date: Saturday, 17th December 2016
Kick-off at 20:30 UK
Venue: Estadio Antonio Coimbra da Mota (Estoril).
Estoril’s four match unbeaten run finally came to an end, courtesy of a 2-0 away loss at Vitoria Setubal last weekend. They did struggle for consistency since the start of the season as they managed only 4 points from the first 5 matches. But the 2 wins and 2 draws from 4 matches added much needed momentum which was lacking at the start of the campaign. Estoril are still at the bottom half of the table, precisely 8th with 15 points from their 13 matches so far.
Benfica earned an all-important win last weekend as they got better of Sporting CP in the first Lisbon Derby of the league season. The Argentine forward Eduardo Salvio scored the opening goal for Benfica in the 25th minute which was doubled by Raul Jimenez in the second half before Bas Dost pulled one back for the visitors.
The win opened up a 4 point gap between Benfica at the top of the table and Sporting at the third, while Porto who played one game more than other teams in the league are second, with a point below Benfica.
Estoril vs Benfica: Head-to-head stats
Estoril did manage to trouble Benfica when the teams met in the corresponding fixture last season at the Estadio Antonio Coimbra da Mota. The home team took a surprise lead mid-way through the first half, but Benfica overturned the result with two quick strikes to grab a 2-1 win. This was Benfica’s 6th straight win over Estoril in league meetings. Moreover they haven’t lost in last 10 meetings as they bagged 9 wins alongside a draw.
Estoril vs Benfica: Predictions
It is pretty clear that Benfica are heavy favourites to win this one with ease. Estoril have a poor head-to-head record against Benfica, despite their current home form being much better. Also, Benfica had won in each of their last 5 visits to Estoril. Also both teams have scored in each of those matches producing over 2.5 goals. Therefore, we go with the same trends here.
Estoril vs Benfica: Bet Tips
Both Teams to Score and Benfica to win at 9/4 (3.25).