Vitoria Guimaraes – SL Benfica – Although it does not meet teams from the Big Three Portuguese football, this is the derby of the round. Guimaraes had a great season and are in fifth place, following the leading teams and do not have too much of a points deficit. I score them is great because in a series of four wins, one of which is in the Cup. And Benfica has the same set of four wins and also one in the Cup, and the table leaders with eight points more than its host. The special charm of this tour gives information that Guimaraes usually very tough nut to Benfica, who last season won both mutual calculation, but only with the 1: 0th It was known in the recent past to happen and that favored Benfica lost on the away game. Starting: 1.7.2017. – 18:15 CET
Guimaraes is a refreshment of the season in the Portuguese football, because it is quite expected that Benfica and Porto are the top two places, and that they are still top of the Sporting and Braga, but at this point Guimaraes has the same number of points as Sporting, only two less than third-placed Braga and four less than the second-placed Porto. Only three defeats suffered this season, of which one at home, but at home they have won more points because they typed six wins and in this segment is just better Benfica.
It can be said to have made only one blunder and it’s defeat at Viseu, after which they established links four rounds unbeaten and first they drew with Chaves and then typed three wins. Before the break, they celebrated with Arouce with 1: 0, but it should be noted that qualified for the Cup quarterfinals. In the League Cup and also play to the group stage and it is interesting that their next opponent will be just Benfica. Coach Martins after celebrations against Setubal and made some changes to the offensive part of the team so it was Teixeira and Hurtado, who is injured. Now there will be no scorer Marega, who is at the African Nations Cup and that’s a big handicap, and he was asked and Bruno Gaspar.
Probable lineups Vitoria Guimaraes: D.Jesus – Aurelio, Henrique, Josue, Konan – Pedro Miranda – Hernani, Hurtado, Raphinha – Soares
Benfica holds the first place and four points ahead of the Porto are pretty stock, however, can not happen for some relaxation and are aware that for this game carries a lot of risk, so that in case of bad results, we could lose these advantages. They have just that one defeat, who have been away to rivals of similar quality, Maritima and that they learned a lesson that I should not be underestimated.
After the defeat in the big derby beat Sporting and they do further increased self-confidence and established links with another two victories without conceding a goal. The first at Estoril with 1: 0 and were not at all easy. Before the break they beat Rio Ave routine with 2: 0th They reached the quarter-finals and the Cup, where they were waiting for Leixoes and there should not have problems. At the beginning of this calendar year are in the League Cup Wiesel won with 4: 0 and particularly pleased that the two goals by Jonas, who returns after injury. Therefore, there is still no Eliseu, Grimaldi and Salvia.
Probable lineups Benfica: Ederson – Samed, Luisao, Lindelof, Almeida – Fejsa, Cervi, Rafa Silva, Pizzi – Mitroglou, Jonas