Gil Vicente vs Benfica
Portugal – Primeira Liga
Date: Monday, 24 February 2020
Kick-off at 19:30 UK/ 20:30 CET
Venue: Estádio Cidade de Barcelos (Barcelos).
Benfica had a tough set of two matches in the past two game-weeks against Porto, and Braga, and they lost both of them. These consecutive defeats have reduced their lead at the top of the table to just one point over Porto. By any means, they need a win this Monday, especially with Porto taking on a relegation-battler this game-week.
Gil Vicente vs Benfica Head-to-head (h2h)
- The reverse fixture had ended in a 2-0 win for Benfica.
- 19 of the past 20 wins had gone to Benfica as well.
- It’s been 15 years since Gil Vicente have won against this opponent.
- The last the hosts won at this venue was back in 2001.
- The last time these two met at this venue, Benfica won 0-5.
Gil Vicente vs Benfica Prediction
Gil Vicente had won 1-2 on the road against Setubal the last match-day. It was their first win after a series of four winless fixtures. However, their wish to keep the momentum going might need to be put on halt, as they are next taking on the defending champions of the competition.
In the meantime, Benfica faced another shock loss at home the prior game week, against the third-placed Braga. The defeat has put them just one point over the in-form Porto. Consider the fact that Porto are taking on Portimonense (a relegation-battler) next – suffice it to say, the title-holders have no option but to deliver a win this Monday.
Not only has it to be a win, but they have to do it in style too – to get confidence back. It certainly helps that Benfica are the reigning champions, while Gil Vicente are a newly-promoted team to the league.
Morerover, before their loss against Porto, Benfica were on a run of 40 unbeaten games from their past 46 fixtures, and 11 wins from their prior 12 match-ups. On the road, since April of last year, the team has lost in the league just against Porto.
On the other hand, Gil Vicente were winless in eight of their last eleven overall fixtures, and were so in nine of their former twelve games. Most importantly, Benfica had recorded 19 of the past 20 h2h wins, and the last they lost against this opponent was back in 2005. In addition, the latest h2h encounter at this venue had ended in a 0-5 win for the guests as well.
Taking all these observations into account, it’s evident that Benfica are overwhelming favorites this Monday to post the victory.
Gil Vicente vs Benfica Betting Tips
Benfica to Win @ 1.50 (1/2)
Half Time/ Full Time: Benfica/ Benfica @ 2.25 (5/4).