Our prediction for this match:
Red Bull Arena will host Thursday’s International Champions Cup clash between Fiorentina and Benfica. Fiorentina did well to beat Mexican side Guadalajara in their opener, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in the game against Benfica. The Viola, who failed to impress in the 2018/2019 Serie A campaign, are eager to give fans yet another reason for celebration and we are positive that the Italians will leave their hearts on the field in the Red Bull Arena showdown.
The Eagles, on the other hand, are on a quest to defend their Primeira Liga trophy and the fact that they crushed Academica 8-0 in a friendly earlier in July is certainly giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the trip to New York City. However, seeing that Fiorentina footballers head into the match in good spirits, we are tempted to put our money on draw.
Highlighted Player (Kevin Mirallas):
Kevin Mirallas is a Belgian footballer player born on 5th October 1987, who started showing his potential at a very young age. After coming through the youth ranks at Standard Liege, the forward moved to Lille in 2004 and he impressed playing for les Dogues, scoring 10 goals in 76 league appearances.
The move to Saint Etienne did not work out as planned, but a two-year stint at Olympiakos that followed helped the player get his career back on track. Having scored 34 goals in 52 league outings, Mirallas decided to join Everton and he enjoyed a bright start to his career in England. However, just like the entire team, the highly rated footballer suffered a serious dip in form and he has struggled for playing time over the last couple of years.
Mirallas has made over 50 appearances for the Belgium national team, representing the Red Devils at the 2014 World Cup and Eur0 2016 finals, scoring 9 goals in first 50 caps.
Highlighted Team (Benfica):
Member of the ‘Big Three’ clubs in Portugal alongside FC Porto and CP Sporting, Sport Lisboa e Benfica are the football club that has never been relegated from the Primeira Liga. The club is nicknamed Aguias because of the Eagle symbol atop the club’s crest. Benfica play their home games at the Estadio da Luz which replaced the original one in 2003 and which boasts the capacity of more than 64,000. Arguably the most successful club in Portugal, Benfica have won a record of 35 Primeira Liga titles and also a record 25 Taca de Liga and 7 Taca da Liga trophies.
Two-time European Cup winners, Benfica are the club known for their diligent work with youth players, many of which went on to make great careers abroad. The most prominent players to wear a Benfica shirt are legendary Eusebio, Manuel Bento, Jorge Tavares and most recently Javier Saviola, Nuno Gomes, David Luiz and Angel Di Maria.