Our prediction for this match:
Benfica will be looking to build on a thrilling 8-0 win over Academica when they take on Guadalajara in their 2019 International Champions Cup opener. The Eagles quickly bounced back from the 2-1 loss to Anderlecht and seeing that they are high on confidence ahead of Saturday’s game, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the Primeira Liga champions.
Summer signing Raul de Tomas, who scored a brace in the 8-0 win over Academica, will be one of the men to watch in Bruno Lage’s team. Guadalajara, on the other hand, failed to impress in back-to-back losses to the likes of River Plate and Boca Juniors and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Benfica’s party Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. It has to be noted that the two clubs meet for the first time ever at the International Champions Cup.
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 (Chivas Guadalajara):
Founded on May 8, 1906, Club Deportivo Guadalajara are a Mexican club that are one of the ten founding members of the Mexican First Division. Las Chivas have never dropped to the Mexican second tier and it has to be noted that they are one of only two teams who managed to do so.
CD Guadalajara play their home games at Estadio Akron, the stadium that can hold up to 46,232 spectators. Las Chivas wear white shirts with red stripes and dark blue shorts when hosting their rivals, whilst the team away colour is white with little dark blue and red. The Mexican side has 12 Liga MX titles, but winning of CONCACAF Champions League in both 1962 and 2018 is considered the club’s biggest success.
CD Guadalaraja did well to beat Toronton in the 2018 CONCACAF Champions League final and, as a result, they booked their place at the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup in United Arab Emirates.