Paços de Ferreira and Benfica meet at Estádio da Capital do Móvel, in a match for the 24th round of the Primeira Liga. In the last head-to-head for this edition of the league, played on 09-23-2017, Benfica won at home against (2-0). The record of direct confrontations in this stadium is favorable to the visiting team, which in the last 4 matches won 2, drew 1 and lost 1. but the last time these two teams met in this stadium was on 03-18-2017, for the Primeira Liga, which ended in a draw by (0-0). Attention to the house factor, since the Paços de Ferreira usually conquer different results at home and abroad.
After 5 wins, 6 draws and 12 losses, the home team is currently in the 15 th position, with 21 points won. In the last match, they have lost in an away match against Vitória Setúbal by (1-0), after in the previous match they have lost (0-2) at home, against Tondela. This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 1 win, 4 draws and 10 losses in away matches; against 4 victories, 7 draws and 4 defeats in their stadium. For the championship, Paços de Ferreira won 15 points out of 30 possible, after 4 wins, 3 draws and 3 losses in the last 10 home matches. In their home league matches the most frequent final score at halftime was 0-0 (4 out of 11 matches). They have not been very strong defensively, since they have suffered goals in 8 of the last 10 matches, but their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 7 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 23 matches in this competition, they only got 1 comeback in the 12 games in which they suffered the first goal. In the last 11 home matches for this competition there is 1 period that stands out: they have conceded 5 of their 12 goals between minutes (61′-75 ‘).
The Paços de Ferreira comes to this game with a defeat against Vitória de Setúbal, by 1-0, adding the third consecutive defeat in the Portuguese championship. At this time the locals occupy a position very close to the descent zone. In this duel inside the home coach João Henriques must keep the team in 4-2-3-1, with Bruno Moreira the most offensive reference. Pedrito is still one of the best finalists of Paços de Ferreira, with 2 goals scored. We emphasize that the locals have presented several difficulties in the maintenance of possession of the ball. For this game the local coach can not count on João Góis and Marco Baixinho, suspended, besides Filipe Ferreira, this one due to injury.
After 17 wins, 5 draws and 1 loss, the away team is currently in the 2 nd position, with 56 points won. In the penultimate match, they won in an away match against Portimonense, by (1-3). In the last match, they won in a home match against Boavista, by (4-0). This is a team that usually maintains its competitive levels in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 7 wins, 5 draws and 3 losses in away matches, with 26 goals scored and 20 conceded; against 9 wins, 3 draws and 3 losses at their stadium, with 33 goals scored and 12 conceded. In the last 10 away matches for the championship Benfica has 6 wins, 3 draws and 1 loss, so they have won 21 points out of 30 possible.
For this competition, they have not lost any of the last 9 away matches. In their away league matches the most frequent result at half-time was the 0-1 (7 out of 11 matches). They have not been very strong defensively, since they have suffered goals in 7 of the last 10 matches, but their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored at least one goal in each of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 23 matches for this competition, they have conceded the first goal 5 times, but have regained the win in 2. There are 2 periods that stand out in the last 12 away matches for this competition: they have scored 9 of their 24 goals between minutes (76’- 90 ‘); He suffered 6 of his 10 goals between the minutes (61’-75 ‘).
Benfica for this game with a great home win against Boavista, by 4-0, adding the third consecutive victory in the Portuguese championship. We remember that the Portuguese champion no longer loses 17 consecutive games in this competition. In this visit to Paços de Ferreira, coach Rui Vitória must maintain the usual 4-3-3, favoring the maintenance of ball possession and organized attacks. One of the strengths of Benfica has been the offensive sector, since it scored on average 2.57 goals per game. Jonas is the great highlight of the visitors, with 25 goals and 6 assists. Everything indicates that the visiting coach can not count on Salvio and Krovinovic, both injured.
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