Vitoria Setubal vs Benfica: Preview and Predictions

Vitoria Setubal vs Benfica
Portuguese Taca da Liga
Date: Friday, 29 December 2017
Kick-Off: 21:15 UK
Venue: Estadio do Bonfim (Setubal).

It has all been already settled in the Group A of Portuguese League Cup as Vitoria Setubal will sit at the top of the group no matter of what happens in the Matchday No 3 this Friday. The team led by Jose Couceiro has thus advanced against all odds past the likes of Benfica and Sporting Braga.

The Eagles could not defeat Portimonense last week which was actually their second consecutive draw in the competition after they had initially shared the spoils with Sporting Braga three months ago. The manager Rui Vitoria lined up a pretty strong squad for the mentioned clash with Portimonense, but the Eagles surprisingly dropped out a two-goal cushion to be held to a 2-2 draw at the end. The squads included the Brazilian forward Jonas from the very first minute.

Setubal are struggling badly in Primeira Liga where they sit at the very foot of the standings after 15 rounds of the competition. Before the last week’s home win over Sporting Braa in Taca da Liga, they had a run of seven subsequent defeats in all competitions. Goncalo Paciencia has been the main catalyst for the League Cup success as he bagged three goals in two games so far, including a brace in the 2-1 win over Braga last Friday.

Vitoria Setubal vs Benfica: Predictions

Benfica are 1.30 favourites to pick up the victory, but we just can’t see any value there given they have no ambitions whatsoever to get the result here as they have already been eliminated.

This makes the home win or draw a stand-out bet and you can get it at the odds of 3.40. Punters who prefer safer options can back the hosts not to lose by two or more goals at the odds of 1.85.

Vitoria Setubal vs Benfica: Bet Tips

• Vitoria Setubal or Draw Double Chance 3.40
• Vitoria Setubal +1.5 handicap 1.85


Vitoria Setubal vs Benfica: Head-to-head

Benfica have been entirely dominant in the history of the head to head meetings with Setubal winning 34 of 46 clashes.

The Eagles have won 14 and lost just three of 20 matches at Estadio do Bonfim.

Setubal, however, came on top when the two sides last met at Estadio do Bonfim, back in January this year (1-0).

Benfica trashed their rivals 6-0 in this term of Primeira Liga just over a month ago.