Vitoria Guimaraes vs Benfica
Portugal – Primeira Liga.
Date: Friday, 18th January 2019.
Kick-Off at 21:15 UK/ 22:15 CET
Venue: Estádio D. Afonso Henriques (Guimarães).
On Friday we will see Guimaraes welcome the Eagles to their home, in a high profile match as both these sides are in the top-5 of the table.
Hosts are 5th in the table at present with 28 points in 17 matches. They are aiming for a Europa League spot, but their nearest rival has 7 points excess than them. Conceding a goal a game will not help them reach that goal for sure, but scoring is better with a total of 22 goals until now.
From the last 5 matches in all competitions, they have 3 wins and 2 losses. The last 5 games saw the same final score 1-0. In the last 7 games at home, they are unbeaten and are currently on an active 4 match win streak. This includes an impressive 1-0 win over Sporting CP also.
The Eagles are second in the title race with just 5 points between them and reigning champs FC Porto. They will be looking to win their next game and keep the pressure on the table toppers. There is no other team in the league that has scored more goals than the Reds, who conjured up 37 goals so far.
A loss against Portimonense was their only defeats in the last 5 matches they played while winning 3 of them. Less than 2.5 goals were scored and both teams found the net in 3 of those 5 matches. A similar record stands in their recent away form as well, with 3 wins and a loss in their latest games on the road.
The Conquerors will be a real challenge for the Reds, as they are in a 4 match win streak at this ground.
Vitoria Guimaraes vs Benfica: Head-to-head (h2h)
- Benfica is on a 10 match win streak against this opposition in h2h games played across all venues.
- In 5 of their recent 6 meetings, the final score had over 2.5 goals in total.
- The Eagles also enjoy a 4 match winning run at this ground against the hosts.
- Less than 2.5 goals came in 4 of the last 5 meetings between these two sides at this ground.
Vitoria Guimaraes vs Benfica: Prediction
Benfica is the best traveling team in the Primeira Liga this season. They have won 6 of their 9 matches on the road and lost only one match. So even though the hosts have been on a 4 match win streak in front of their home crowd, I think that won’t bother Bruno Lage’s team. Thus a bet can be placed on the Reds to win with 1.70 odds.
Nine of Benfica’s matches and 12 matches of the Conquerors this season ended with less than 2.5 goals in total. In 4 recent home matches of the hosts and in all the previous 5 away games of eagles the same trend is seen. Also in h2h stats, 4 of the last 5 h2h games at this ground between them also resulted in a similar scoreline. So we can bet on a score with fewer than 2.5 goals with 1.85 odds.
Vitoria Guimaraes vs Benfica: Betting Tips
Benfica to win @ 1.70 (7/10).
Under 2.5 goals @ 1.85 (6/7).