On Thursday, the betting offer is somewhat weaker than it has been in the past few days, and this time we have analyzed the quarterfinal match of the Portuguese Cup in which Vizela and Benfica will measure their strength. The start of the match between these two teams is scheduled for 9:45 pm.
Vizela: Tough days for Vizela!
Vizela was founded 85 years ago, and so far, this team has participated three times in the top tier of Portuguese football. Last season, this likable team achieved its greatest success, a splendid eleventh place in the league, with a double-digit point advantage over the teams that were relegated, which means that their survival was never really in doubt, and that will be the primary goal this time as well.
Right at the start of this analysis, it should be stated that this team is nowhere near playing as well as they did in the previous championship. The best indicator of this is the league table, which shows that Vizela is currently at the bottom of the Portuguese Primeira with only thirteen points, which is currently five points less than the teams in the safe zone, so it seems that Vizela is in for a tough fight for survival.
Under the guidance of Ruben de la Barrera, they have played twenty matches in the elite tier of Portuguese football and achieved only two victories, seven draws, but also as many as eleven defeats, which is really too much.
In the last five matches, the “bottom dweller” has been defeated four times with one draw, and that was in an away game against Estrela, where it ended 1:1.
In the last round, Vizela played a solid match at home against nearby Guimarães, but in the end, the visitors, who are playing brilliantly this season as confirmed by their fifth place in the league, won with a minimal score.
It was the seventh home defeat for this team, which has also managed only one victory at their stadium along with three draws.
It will indeed be a tough fight until the end of the championship, with the observation that this team played much better in the second half of the previous Primeira season.
The last match against Benfica under coach Barrera’s guidance was played in mid-September this year, when the Eagles celebrated an away victory of 1:2, but far from it that the Vizela players disgraced themselves in that match against the most trophy-laden Portuguese club.
Benfica: The Eagles have already been burned once by Vizela!
Benfica is coming off a fantastic season in which the team managed to reclaim the title of Portuguese champions, as well as winning the Super Cup of this country. Of course, we must not forget the brilliant performances of this team in the Champions League, where the Lisbon club reached the quarterfinals, only to be bested by Inter who deservedly advanced further.
Speaking of the most prestigious European club competition, it’s important to note that the popular Eagles significantly underperformed in this year’s edition of the Champions League. The Portuguese representative ultimately finished third in their group, behind Inter and Real Sociedad, who had a substantial eight-point lead over Benfica. However, the most crucial achievement was that in a key match for advancing to the round of 16 in the Europa League, they managed to defeat Salzburg away, with the game ending 1:3.
In just a week, we will see Benfica in the first match of the Europa League round of 16 against French side Toulouse. The impression is that the Eagles are strong favorites in this tie, and anything short of qualifying for the Europa League quarterfinals would be a significant disappointment.
As for the Portuguese championship, at this moment, Roger Schmidt’s team is at the top of the table with a two-point lead over Sporting, who, to be fair, has a game in hand and seems to be in a fierce battle with their city rivals from the capital for the Portuguese championship title, as third-placed Porto is not performing at their recognizable level.
In the last five league matches, this team has achieved as many victories, conceding only two goals. In the previous round, Benfica easily won at home against Gil Vicente, with the match ending 3:0.
In away games, the current Portuguese champions have played ten matches, achieving eight victories, one draw, and one loss.
Interestingly, Vizela has already once been fatal for the club from the capital, specifically in the season before last, when the score in Lisbon was 1:1, reminding us that the Eagles ultimately finished third in the league table that season.
Our Betting Suggestions
First of all, it is very debatable with which lineups both coaches will enter tonight’s match, since the national championship is a priority, but regardless, Benfica is a big favorite. Therefore, we advise you to try the HT-FT Benfica to Win bet, which 22Bet offers with odds of 1.71.
Generally, this match in Vizela could bring us a lot of goals, so a hot recommendation is to focus on the Total Over 3.5 Goals market, all of this with odds of 2.26 at 22Bet.
Finally, as we have already mentioned, the guests from the capital of Portugal will do their utmost to resolve the winner as soon as possible, so it seems that the first half of the game can bring us a lot of goals. Therefore, we advise you to try the bet of over 1.5 goals in the first half, for which 22Bet has prepared odds of 2.39.