Benfica vs Paços de Ferreira for the Portuguese Primeira Liga championship match on Saturday at Stadium of Light.
Naturally, Benfica will have a solid victory in this match, after all the reds are very motivated by an almost perfect pre-season. Scoring five goals unanswered and winning the Super Cup, anticipates that the beavers can also be copiously defeated in this match.
In fact, Benfica is already having its offensive processes consolidated, and this should result in a one-way match, mainly because the goal of Paços de Ferreira is just maintenance in the main league.
Paços de Ferreira, who has conceded goals in 7 matches, has the problem of being a somewhat insecure team in the pass, starting with the team’s central reference André Pereira and continuing with the experienced and veteran defensive midfielder André Leão.
Benfica, who are a mighty team in high pressing the ball carrier, can take advantage of it and can even build a robust result in the first half.
Another factor to be aware of is the ability of the reds to put many men in finishing zones. It is no coincidence that both Rafa and Pizzi were the best on the pitch against Sporting, for the Portuguese Super Cup, because they are two dominant players in taking advantage of the empty spaces and having great success at finishing. Rafa notably improved a lot in this context of the game.
Another particularly relevant aspect is the danger that Benfica poses in set-pieces as Ferro and Ruben Dias are very strong in this competitive context and Pizzi is the leading specialist in free-kicks performance of the Portuguese league, something that should also be taken advantage of by strikers Seferovic and Raul de Tomas who have everything to be on top of the league scorers.
It should be noted that Benfica has Gabriel out of action and André Almeida in doubt, due to physical issues.