SL Benfica will welcome Tondela to Estadio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica on Thursday for a game of the 25th round in 2019-20 Portuguese Primeira Liga. The Eagles are sitting on second place in the standings on 59 points, only one behind leaders and arch-rivals Porto. Tondela are on the 14th spot with 25 points.
The reigning champions of the Primeira Liga will make the most of their ground and title advantages in the conflict with the bottom lying Tondela at Lisbon.
Benfica has been unbeaten in the last four matches with a flush of three back-to-back draws. Their earlier conflict was on the road against Setubal, which finished in a 1-1 draw.
Winless in the previous five fixtures with three losses in it, Tondela will visit after a 1-1 draw at home with Boavista in their experience.
Benfica vs Tondela Team News
Benfica is the best team in the history of the Primeira Liga with 27 titles and the current titleholder. With two straight draws in their last two games in the Primeira Liga, Benfica has fallen behind Porto in the standings and is currently in second place 59 points, only one point behind Porto.
Generally, Benfica has been the best team in Portugal this season with 52 scored goals and just 14 yielded goals. In their last Primeira Liga match against Vitoria Setubal on the road before the season was delayed, Benfica was dominant with 63% of ball possession, 6 shots on goal, 8 corner kicks, and 83% of the right passes. Benfica had a ton of good possibilities in this match yet unfortunately, they had the option to use just one and this match finished in a 1-1 draw.
Carlos Vinicius has scored 15 goals for Benfica this season, while Pizzi included 14 goals. Benfica is the only team with more ability than Porto in the Primeira Liga and they will recover the top spot and win another title this season. Incredible soccer on the defensive end and great offensive abilities make Benfica the best team in Portugal and them winning the title, particularly after they have been knocked out of the Europa League by Shakhtar.
After a sensational beginning to the season, Benfica were faltering badly before the respite in play as they had won only one of their last five league games including an expensive defeat on account of title rivals Porto so they will plan to profit by the break get their title offer back on track.
The break in action has helped them get ordinary starters Jardel and Gabriel fit again and the couple will want to play a key role for the team and their fitness should be surveyed in front of this game concerning whether they start or have a spot on the bench.
Talented teenager David Tavares is in quarantine after testing positive for coronavirus so he is precluded however he is required to be the only absentee in front of this match with Tondela.
Tondela is one of the weakest teams in the Primeira Liga and they are presently playing great on either end. In their last four games in the Primeira Liga, Tondela has yielded 4 goals, while scoring just 2, and they have not won any of their last 5 games, while they won just 1 of their last 11. Notwithstanding playing in horrendous form, Tondela is outside the relegation zone, in 14th spot with 25 points, 9 points from the relegation zone and Tondela is safe.
Offensively, Tondela isn’t a superpower, yet they are not the most exceedingly awful they may have scored just 20 goals, while they yielded 30 goals, which isn’t excessively awful. In their last Primeira Liga match against Boavista at home, Tondela has had 55% of ball possession, 4 shots on goal, 0 corner kicks, and 68% of exact passes. This game finished in a 1-1 draw with the two goals from the first half.
Pereira is the top goal scorer for Tondela with just 3 goals, while Wilson, Richard, Murillo, and Pedro all scored 2 goals for Tondela. There isn’t much Tondela can do except an attempt to win a few more points to make the rest of the season simpler, however, that is about it. Tondela is not even close to the Europa League and this 14th spot is their most extreme this season.
Tondela had been battling since the turn of the year having won only one of their ten matches before the league being brought to a stop so they will trust that the break will have benefited them and they can recapture some form.
Motivation has arguably been one of their greatest issues as they had a nine-point gap over the relegation zone throughout the break and safety looks guaranteed however they will want a few more points to guarantee there is no hazard they can get hauled in.
In-form defender Moufi is precluded for certain weeks because of injury yet he is their lone affirmed non-attendant even though midfielder Jaquite is observing Ramadan and his support might be influenced.
Benfica vs Tondela Head-to-Head (h2h)
The host has recorded eight of the nine overall successes. Their experience granted a 0-1 away win for Benfica.
Tondela has won just one of their five visits since 2016. The two teams have scored in just four of their ten fixtures.
Date: Thursday, 4 June 2020
Start Time: 19:15 BST/20:15 CET
Venue: Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica, Lisboa
Benfica vs Tondela Prediction
Benfica were in something of an emergency before the break as they saw Porto pursue down their lead and at last surpass them in top spot so they will like to have profited by the break, dust themselves down, and contend again with Porto. They have recovered a few of their harmed players that should support them and with virtually a completely fit squad available to them, they ought to have the option to serenely dispatch an average Tondela side.
In the 9 games, Benfica and Tondela have played against one another, Benfica has won 8 times, while Tondela has just 1 win. Benfica hasn’t lost any of their last 4 games, while Tondela hasn’t won any of their last 5 games.
The drop in points as of late has cost Benfica their place on the top of the table. They are only one point behind the toppers, FC Porto, the way things are. What’s more, they are 34 points in front of the guests on the table.
Aside from the 2-3 win on the road in April 2018, Tondela has always lost against the host team in any of the significant competitions since 2015.
To make things worse, the Auriverdes has just one win in their last ten league fixtures. Plus, their away form is mixed with 5 losses in 12 appearances, in which four of them went within the last 5 outings.
Having lost just two of their 12 home matches in the campaign up until now, Benfica will have more opportunities to make opportunities in the game.