Portugal: Primeira Liga
Match start: 22:00 (GMT+2)
The match that was held last Saturday between the champion of the country Benfica and the finalist of the national Cup Vitória for Portuguese Super Cup ended with the significant victory of Portuguese grandee - 3:1. The authors of three scored goals were Jonas, Haris Seferović and Giménez.
So, at the same time today Benfica is the champion of Portugal, the holder of the national Cup and now Portuguese Super Cup winner. And its first calendar match of the new season Benfica will play against Braga.
Donors of top class European clubs
For many years best clubs of Portugal, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria are so-called “donors” for European grandees. Among them is Benfica: income – €163.5 million, debit - €11.5 million.
Exactly this way we can describe the activity of the champion of Portugal at transfer market. For three last transfers of the goalkeeper Ederson to Manchester City, center back Victor Lindelöf to Manchester United and cornerback Nélson Semedo to Barcelona Benfica has got 110 million.
But the author of one of the three scored goals (Swiss goalscorer Haris Seferović came to the champion of Portugal absolutely free of charge as free agent). The same thing happened with the new goalkeeper of Benfica Bruno Varela. What will be the starting lineup of Benfica in a new season? Traditionally, Rui Vitória is playing according to the scheme 4-2-3-1:
Varela (Setúbal) – Almeida, Luizão, Jardel, Grimaldo – Fejsa, Pizzi – Salvio, Jonas, Chervi – Seferović (Eintracht).
Such lineup allowed Benfica last Saturday to win Portuguese Super Cup. And the same lineup will be playing in forthcoming game with Braga.
Approximately 7-8 years ago the closest opponent of the hosts of Estádio da Luz was predicted to climb the Olympus. And in May 2011 Braga together with Porto even reached the final of the Europa League.
But the team was able only to become the participant of the second by its status continental status. And that is why the team of Abel Ferrara is not serious opponent for Benfica.
Benfica – 1.35, draw – 4.75, Braga – 8.50;
tip: Benfica (Asian handicap -1) - odds 1.51 Pinnacle