Our prediction for this match:
All eyes will be on Estadio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica when Benfica and Anderlecht face each other in a friendly on Wednesday evening. The Eagles did well to win the Primeira Liga trophy last season, with the team finishing the campaign two points clear of their fierce rivals Porto. Benfica now begin their preparations for the 2019/2020 season and, no doubt, coach Bruno Lage will use upcoming warm-up games to test as many players as possible.
Anderlecht, on the other hand, aim to build on a routine 6-0 win over a lower-league club Oudenaarde, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in the friendly against Benfica. A lively contest is on the cards in Lisboa and seeing that Benfica fans are likely to pack the stadium, home win should be considered. In their last meeting in a competitive match, back in 2013, the Eagles recorded a 3-2 win over the Belgian outfit.
Highlighted Player (Gabriel Pires):
Gabriel Appelt Pires is a Brazilian footballer who play for Leganes in Spanish La Liga. Pires is a product of Vasco da Gama’s youth school, but he made his senior debut at Resende. In 2012 he signed for Juventus for a fee of €2 million, but he was immediately sent on loan to Pro Vercelli.
After spending several seasons on loan at Pro Vercelli, Spezia, Pescara and Livorno he signed a loan deal with Leganes for the 2015/2016 Segunda Division campaign. The 183-cm-tall midfielder scored seven goals in 37 appearances for Leganes in the Spanish second tier and, as a result, the club chiefs decided to sign a permanent deal with him.
Gabriel is an attacking midfielder, but he is capable of playing as a central midfielder as well. His brother Guilherme is a football player as well. Gabriel is a left-footed player, while his brother prefers playing with his right foot. They were born in Resende, Brazil.
Highlighted Team (Anderlecht):
Founded on 27 May, 1908, Anderlecht are considered one of the oldest clubs in Belgium. The Paars-wit are the dominant force in the Belgian Pro League and in 2014 they won their 33rd domestic trophy. Anderlecht did remarkably well to win the UEFA Super Cup title in 1983, with the team defeating Benfica in the final of the competition.
The Belgian outfit recorded a 1-0 over the Eagles in the first leg, with the two teams playing out a 1-1 draw in the return leg. Anderlecht play their home games at Constant Vanden Stock Stadium, the venue that was opened in 1917. The stadium was renovated in 1983 and current capacity of Anderlecht’s home ground is 28 063.
The Paars-wit have long-standing rivalries with the likes of Standard Liege and Club Brugge, whilst FC Brussels were considered the club’s bitter opponents in the past. The likes of Besnik Hasi, Lucas Biglia, Filip De Wilde and Romelu Lukaku are some of Anderlecht’s notable players.