Benfica face dangerous hurdle

Benfica has managed to blow away a seemingly insurmountable lead in the Portuguese Primeira Division, surrendering the lead to Porto. Monday night they face a Gil Vicente side involved in matches with lots of goals currently. Gil Vicente won 2-1 at Vitoria Setubal, their 4th match on the spin producing at least four goals.

Meanwhile, Benfica followed up their 1-0 defeat at home to Braga with a 2-1 defeat Shakhtar Donetsk in the Europa League. Astonishingly Benfica head into this match without a win in four and with two defeats in the league on the trot. A scenario which almost never happens to the big sides in the Primeira.

The visitors will take pleasure in reading up on the head-to-head record against Monday’s hosts which is nothing short of excellent. Six of the pair’s last seven encounters went Benfica’s way. Benfica has won nine of their 10 away games and has outperformed their hosts in all departments.

Gil Vicente scores an average of 1.40 goals per home game and concedes an average of 1.10 goals. Benfica scores an average of 2.20 goals per away game and concedes 0.60 goals. The hosts might edge the form guide heading into Monday’s match and they did manage to beat Porto at home this season.

Gil Vicente has kept clean sheets in 40% of their matches at home this term. However, Benfica is yet to fail to score away from home in the league and they can’t afford another defeat. Both teams have scored in each of Gil Vicente’s last four matches. Likewise, in Benfica’s last six games, so there is a claim to back both sides to score. Gil Vicente recently managed a 2-2 draw away at Braga’s while losing 2-1 away at Porto’s. The two current best sides in the division.

They beat Porto 2-1 at home back in August and Sporting 3-1. They also played out a 1-1 at home against Braga, so they are not afraid to attack the better sides. We like the look of both teams scoring tonight. We also think Benfica will come out all guns blazing trying to reclaim the prime position in the table. An away win with both to score is a tasty price, but we will settle for the away win this time.

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