Sertanense – Benfica SOCCER PICKS
Sertanense and Benfica meet in Campo de Jogos Dr. Marques dos Santos, in a match for this phase of the Taça de Portugal (3rd Round). These two teams have never faced each other before, so this will be their first direct confrontation. In this game the home factor may be decisive, since both teams present considerable differences in the results achieved at home and as a visitor.
The home team reaches this stage of the Taça de Portugal (3rd Round) after having played previous heats with: Vitória de Sernache and Beneditense. 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 5 wins, 5 draws and 5 losses in away matches; against 9 wins, 4 draws and 2 losses at their stadium. The team comes to this match after a win away with Alverca by (0-1). In the last 10 home matches for all competitions, the Sertanense won 6, drew 3 and lost 1. Their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches. In their away matches there is a tendency for few goals, since 7 of the last 17 matches have ended with Under 1,5 goals and 12 out of 17 have ended with Under 2,5 goals.
The Sertanense comes to this game with a triumph, by 0-1, in the visit to the land of Alverca. It should be noted that the home team is in the eighth position of the C of the National Senior Championship Group, equivalent to the third Portuguese division. The strategy to be used by coach João Manuel Pinto for this game is more than designed, that is, to defend with nearby sectors and look for spaces in the opponent’s midfield to counterattack. In the midfield area will be Sele Davou, one of the best scorers of Sertanense, with 2 goals scored. For this game the local coach must have the usual players.
The visiting team plays their first match in this edition of the Taça de Portugal with the intention of winning a positive result as a visitor. This is a team that usually gets better results in away matches than at home, since in the last 30 matches they register 10 wins and 5 draws as a visitor, with 32 goals scored and 13 conceded; against 8 wins, 3 draws and 4 losses at their stadium, with 22 goals scored and 15 conceded. The team comes to this match after a home win against Porto by (1-0). In the last 10 away matches Benfica has won 6 and tied 4. The team has conceded a goal in 7 of the last 10 matches, so their defense needs to improve, but their attack has scored regularly , since they scored goals in 9 of the last 10 matches. In their away matches there is a tendency for goals, since 23 of the last 26 matches have ended with Over 1,5 goals. In 15 matches, they suffered the first goal 4 times and only managed 1 comeback.
Benfica left for this game with a very important 1-0 victory at the reception of rival FC Porto, thus adding the second successive win in official matches: Seferovic scored the only goal of the match. In this away game, coach Rui Vitória must keep the team in 4-3-3, benefiting possession of the ball and organized attacks: Pizzi is the great organizer of the offensive process. In addition, the player mentioned above is the great highlight of this team, with 6 goals scored. For this game the coach can not count on Jardel, Filip Krovinovic and Tyronne Ebuehi, all due to injury.