VITÓRIA GUIMARÃES V BENFICA – ESTÁDIO DOM AFONSO HENRIQUES AT 21:15 (UTC/GMT)

Vitoria will host Benfica on Friday at Guimaraes, with hopes of retaliation in relation to their 0-1 lost to the Eagles at Taça de Portugal last Wednesday.

Guimaraes are an average team with two losses and three wins out of their five games in the Portuguese Primeira Liga. Their last match in the Liga NOS concluded in a 1-0 win over Moreirense last Friday.

Prior to that though, Vitoria lost to Belenenses 1-0 earlier this month, and another 1-0 loss was also made to Nacional, which are seven spots below them in the Primeira Liga table.

Vitoria has been excellent nonetheless when they beat Sporting CP latter in the previous month where they scored 1-0.

Guimaraes also shared a 1-1 draw earlier in the previous month with Desportivo Aves, the team with the worst record in the Portuguese Premier League.  

Benfica on the other hand had not betrayed their standing in the league, with only one defeat out of their last eight games.

They beat Santa Clara last Friday, scoring 0-2. They also made a 4-2 victory over Rio Ave FC.

The Eagles’ single loss was relatively bad though as it was a 2-0 to Portimonense earlier this month.

Benfica was on fire when they hammered Braga latter in the previous month with a 6-2 win.

LATEST NEWS

– Pedro Rodrigues who is a loan to Vitoria Guimaraes from Benfica was ruled ineligible to play in both of the teams’ match on Friday.

– Benfica players Rafa and Tyronne Ebuehi are ruled out of the match as they still have not recovered from injury.

– Toze did not play in Vitoria’s match with Benfica in the Portuguese Cup, he is expected to appear this time.

– Benfica’s Ljubomir Fejsa has a significant amount of chance of appearance in this game with some reservations.

– Appearance of Vitoria premier player Andre Andre is doubtful on Friday as he is still suffering a tear in the muscle.  

– Benfica’ Jonas also has doubtful appearance on Friday.

PROBABLE FORMATION AND STARTING XI

Vitória Guimarães: 4-3-3
Douglas Renato de Jesus, Rafa Soares, Yordan Osorio, Pedro Henrique Bueno, Falaye Sacko, Mattheus de Andrade, Alhassan Wakaso, Joseph Amoah, Davidson da Luz Pereira, Alexandre Guedes, Tozé

Benfica: 4-3-3
Eduardo Salvio, Haris Seferovic, Franco Cervi, Gedson Fernandes, Ljubomir Fejsa, Gabriel Pires, André Almeida, Rúben Dias, Jardel Nivaldo Vieira, Alejandro Grimaldo, Odisseas Vlachodimos

KEY PLAYERS

Vitória Guimarães
Alexandre Guedes is the top scorer of Vitória de Guimarães in this match with six goals made across his 19 appearances in the current season. With Andre Andre injured with no exact date of return disclosed, he will lead Vitoria on Friday and the teams’ games to come.

Tozé is one of Guimaraes’ best midfielder with three goals across 19 appearances in the current season. His return from a loan spell in Moreirense FC meant that Vitoria’s offense will strengthen on Friday.

Benfica
Haris Seferovic is Benfica’s top scorer with ten goals scored in 28 appearances in the league season. This centre-forward is expected to score a goal on the team’s upcoming Friday match with Vitoria.

Alejandro Grimaldo plays as left-back for Benfica with four goals made in his 29 games played.

MATCH PREDICTION

Vitória Guimarães 1-1 Benfica

Vitória Guimarães fell to Benfica 0-1 in their last match in the Portuguese Cup. these two teams are top teams in the Portuguese Primeira Liga and have fallen to squads with much lower standing in the league and significant boosts of performances as mentioned in their head-to-head. Virtually nothing will be a significant change in the Benfica squad on Friday, but a notable change will be inflicted on Vitoria. One of Vitoria’s top goal-scorers Toze will come back from a loan spell, which will give Guimaraes a higher chance of scoring in this match.

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