Chaves vs Benfica: Preview & Prediction
The table placed the Keys for the second consecutive time to complement a round. His debut match against Vitória de Guimarães at the home of the rival was also the last of the day’s number 1. The debut can not be considered the most exciting. He lost by 3 to 2, but the disaster was almost bigger. Guimarães scored 3 to 0 with two goals in the initial stage and the last to 12 minutes of the second half. Then he tried to manage the result. The Chaves reacted, made two goals, the last 43 minutes of the final stage, when there was practically no time to seek equality.
It was Chaves’ first defeat of the season. Before, in the period of preparation, made six friendlies. He won four and drew two. Without great resources, Chaves’ goal is to stay in the middle of the table, as far as possible from the teams threatened by relegation. In the 2016/2017 season, he achieved his mission. He reached the eleventh place by adding 38 points (eight wins, 14 draws and 12 losses).
It was the team with more equalities throughout the tournament. They were mostly recorded when the club played at home. In his dominions, it managed to score in 14 (six victories and eight ties) of the 17 meetings.
Benfica showed early in the season that it will not be easy for their rivals to break their hegemony in the Portuguese Championship. Tetracampeão, defeated without problems Braga, by 3 to 1, in the first round. This a few days after securing the Portuguese Super Cup trophy beating, for the same score, the Vitória de Guimarães. The victories quickly erased the poor impression left by the four defeats and only two successes in the pre-season friendlies.
The coach Rui Vitória, however, has to manage some bruising problems. They start at the goal. Veteran Brazilian archer Júlio César suffered a foot injury after making his net swing five times in the Arsenal (5-2) win over the Emirates Cup. He has been out of the last three matches and is doubtful for Monday’s duel.
After ‘inheriting’ the vacancy with the sale of the holder Ederson for Benfica, he runs the risk of losing the position for Bruno Varella. At the age of 22, he was chosen in the race with veteran Paulo Lopes, 39, indicating that Rui Vitória is betting on the development of his potential.
The list of likely casualties for the match on Monday is extended by Andre Horta and Filip Kroviovic and strikers Andre Carillo and Mitroglou Konstantinos. Of this group, the Greek ‘MitroGol’ is considered the biggest embezzlement. Author of 16 goals in 28 matches of the Portuguese Championship the previous year, suffered a muscle injury.
However, the Brazilian Jonas, showing signs of retaking his best form after being almost six months away from the previous season, has been supplying the absence. It left its mark in both the Super Cup decision and the opening round of the Portuguese Championship.
History between Chaves and Benfica
Benfica won their two matches against Chaves in the 2016/2071 season.
Chaves vs Benfica: Betting Tips
Both teams to score / YES – Odds: 2.00
Over 2,5 goals – Odds: 1.80