Premier League sides Benfica and Boavista will play in a club friendly scheduled for Sunday.
Benfica have not won a league title since the 2018-19 season, and manager Jorge Jesus wants to get his hands on the silverware this time around, leaving the disappointment of the last two campaigns behind.
Benfica finished third in the 2020-21 season with 76 points from 34 games.
They win the game against Casa Pia (2: 1) and take on Lille after the game against Boavista.
However, Boavista’s last competitive match took place in May, when they defeated Gil Vincente 2-1. It was their last game of the season in the 2020-21 Primera League, where they finished 13th.
Benfica and Boavista are up against each other
Benfica and Boavista have played 31 games so far. The Eagles have the right to boast 16 wins, while Boavista have won 5 times. Ten meetings ended in a draw.
The last meeting between the two Portuguese sides ended in a 2-0 victory for Benfica. Harris Seferovic’s double was enough for Benfica to score all three points that day.
Benfica uniform guide: WLWWD
A Guide to Boavista: DDLWW
See also: Fabrizio Romano’s transfer: Manchester United’s transfer plans, Barca’s plans for Antoine Griezmann, etc.
News from Benfica and Boavista
Thiago Araujo is out with a metatarsal fracture and Paulo Bernardo is out with an unknown injury. Darwin Nunez is being rehabilitated after knee surgery and Andreas Samaris will not be available due to an Achilles tendon problem.
Injured: Tiago Araujo, Paulo Bernardo, Darwin Nunes, Andreas Samaris
Boavista manager Joao Pedro Sousa will be in full squad for Sunday’s work.
Benfica and Boavista are expected XI
Benfica XI predicted (3-4-2-1): Xelton Leyt; Nicolas Otamendi, Jan Vertongen, Lukas Verrissimo; Diogo Gonsalvesh, Julian Weigl, Adel Taarabt, Alex Grimaldo; Pittsy, Everton; Haris Seferovich
Boavista predicted XI (3-5-2): Leonardo; Jackson Porozzo, Adil Rami, Javi Garcia; Reggie Cannon, Paulinho, Miguel Raysinyo, Gustavo Sauer, Ricardo Mangas; Albert Alice, Yusupha Njie
Benfica and Boavista predictions
The quality and depth of Benfica’s squad will make them a favorite of Sunday’s game. Boavista will be rusty considering this is their first competitive game in recent months and fans can easily expect Benfica to win.
We anticipate a comfortable win for Benfica.
Prediction: Benfica 3-0 Boavista