Boavista and Benfica measure strength in Estadio do Bessa Século XXI, in a match for the 13th round of the First League. In this stadium, the history of direct confrontations is favorable to the visiting team, which records 2 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss in the last 4 games. In fact, the last time these two teams played a game at this stadium was on 18-08-2018, for the First League, which ended Benfica’s victory by (0-2). The goals of the match were scored by F. Ferreyra (35 ‘) and Pizzi (62’) for Benfica. Despite being a match between 5th and 1st of the table, it is actually a confrontation between the 10th ranked in home games and the 1st as a visitor.
After 4 wins, 6 draws and 2 losses, the home team is currently in 5th position, with 18 points won. In their last game, they won the Santa Clara out by (1‑2), after in the previous match they lost by (0‑1) at home, in a match against Porto. This is a team little affected by the home factor, since it conquered similar results at home and abroad. For the championship, Boavista conquered 9 points in 18 possible, after 2 wins, 3 draws and 1 defeat in the last 6 games he played in his stadium. In their home matches there is a tendency for few goals, since 18 of the last 22 matches have ended with Under 2,5 goals. In 12 games in this tournament, he suffered the first goal 4 times and never got the comeback. In the last 8 home games for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: he scored 4 of his 6 goals between minutes (0′-15 ‘).
The Boavista reaches the 13th round of the NOS League with remarkable comfort in qualifying, something available to few teams, among which, like the local team, they have the priority of achieving maintenance. In fact, Lito Vidigal’s team is just two points away from Sporting Lisboa. His campaign stands out for his defensive consistency and the preferentially defensive manner in which he plays in most games. Last week, Boavista went to the Azores Islands to beat Santa Clara 2-1, benefiting from two rival mistakes when approaching his defense and reaching a two-goal lead in the first half. Near the end, Santa Clara would confirm the final result, although he has wasted some scoring opportunities before. With that, Boavista won again and overcame the losing streak, against Vitória de Setúbal and FC Porto.
After 11 wins and 1 loss, the visiting team is currently in 1st position, with 33 points won. In their last match, they won the Maritime at home by (4-0), after in the previous match they won out, in a match against Santa Clara, by (1-2). This is a team little affected by the home factor, that is, usually conquer as many points at home as outside, with 11 goals scored and 2 suffered as a visitor, against 18 goals scored and 2 suffered at home. In the last match he played, for the League Cup, he drew with Sporting Covilhã away by (1‑1).
In this competition, he won the last 5 away matches. The defense has been strong and only suffered goals in 3 of the last 10 matches, and its attack has scored regularly, as it scored goals in 9 of the last 10 matches for this competition. This is a team that usually scores many times first: he opened the scoring in 9 of his last 12 matches for the First League, of these 9 he came to the break in advantage in 7 and always managed to maintain the advantage until the end of the 90’s. There are 2 periods that stand out in the last 7 away matches for all competitions: they scored 4 of their 9 goals between minutes (76’ ‑ 90 ‘); He suffered 3 of his 8 goals between minutes (76’ ‑ 90 ‘).
Benfica visits the Estadio do Bessa looking to increase his two-point lead in the leadership over rival FC Porto. The visitors regained their spirits last weekend, after the Champions League game, with a quiet 4-0 victory at home over the Maritime. Two goals by Carlos Vinícius, an autogol and another goal by Pizzi confirmed Benfica’s return to the victories, in an exhibition without the need and physical disposition to accelerate much. Meanwhile, on Tuesday, Bruno Lage’s team saw one of the goals of the season committed, by drawing (1-1) in the visit to Covilhã, for the League Cup, a team that is fighting for the rise in the Pro League. The League Cup game leaves Benfica in a difficult situation, since it does not depend on each other to reach the next stage.