Benfica predictions with latest odds and stats
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- Average Odds: 2.46
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- Yield: 5.82 %
The Eagles’ runners-up position last year was a flew in the face of outright Primeira Liga betting odds. They won 5 out of the previous 7 seasons, marking them as the hardest favourites in recent years. As such, they’re coming into 2020/21 from a position of power, and most analysts and pundits have taken note of this.
The €22 million spent on transfers bode well for their financial strength as well, even if they’ve gone through another change in management. However, most experts are pointing at their new approach to analysis as the key factor that will make them a cut above the competition this year.
At odds of 1.67 for lifting the silver, The Reds are a hard favourite this time around. With just 5 defeats and 26 concessions in 2019/20, it’s easy to see why. That said, they did lose the season’s first derby at Porto, their greatest competitors.
Benfica Key Players
Benfica are often praised for one of the strongest defensive lineups in Europe, even though it didn’t bring them much luck in the Champions League last year. Team captain Jardel is one of the more underrated members of the squad, especially when paired with Ferro. The back positions will further be bolstered with The Spurs’ Jan Vertonghen and Man City’s Nicolás Otamendi.
Speaking of backs, though, Alejandro Grimaldo as left wingback is the starting point of most successful attacks. However, the backline will no longer feature Ruben Dias, who signed with Manchester City. Goalkeeper Odysseas Vlachodimos is another important piece of this puzzle.
Benfica’s midfield will be of paramount importance in the coming season if the roster is to be believed – specifically the left-wing. For instance, Éverton was signed in a rather high-profile deal, even with Rafa Silva’s excellent performance last season.
Benfica’s rivalry with Sporting Lisbon, known as the Derbi de Lisboa, is by far the fiercest rivalry in Portuguese football. The sporting enmity dates back to 1907, when no less than eight Benfica players joined Sporting a few days ahead of the game. The matches between these teams are closely followed by Portuguese people around the world, and in all of the country’s former colonies. Naturally, such rivalry attracts interests from other football fans as well.
However, the picture wouldn’t be complete without mentioning FC Porto, who are actually closer to Benfica in the numbers of titles won (28) than Sporting (18). Apart from these three teams, only Belenenses and Boavista can say that they know what it feels like to be crowned champions of Portugal.
Benfica were founded back in 1904, and the full name of the club is Sport Lisboa e Benfica. As has already been pointed out, they’ve won 37 league titles so far – the most in the country by some distance. The Portuguese league as such began in 1934. Having finished in third place in its maiden season, Benfica then won the title three times in a row and their days of glory began. The pinnacle of their history to this day came in the 60s. Managed by the legendary Bela Guttman, they won the 1960 and 1961 European Cup and played in three more finals. They also won eight league titles in that decade, and they received the France Football European Team of the Year award in 1968.
Benfica continued dominating the Portuguese scene throughout the 70s and the 80s, but that’s where financial problems started creeping up on them. In the early 90s, Porto also established themselves as a force to be reckoned with, winning 18 titles since then. Now, the rivalry between them is very fierce, though Sporting continue to hover near the top as well.