Our prediction for this match:
Following a 3-0 win over Serbian side Napredak, Benfica played out a 1-1 draw with Vitoria Setubal in yet another friendly game. The Eagles take on Sevilla in their last warm-up game ahead of the 2018 International Champions Cup and they are certainly capable of matching the La Liga side. Benfica coach Rui Vitoria has a number of top-class players to choose from, but a man to watch in the Portuguese side will be experienced attacker Jonas, who scored 34 goals in the national championship last season. Sevilla, on the other hand, head into Saturday’s football match following a 1-1 draw with Bournemouth and, no doubt, the La Liga side aim to return to winning ways. However, a close encounter is on the horizon and we predict the two teams are going to play out a draw at Stadion Letzigrund in Zurich this weekend.
Highlighted Player (Tomas Vaclik):
Tomas Vaclik is the Czech Republic international goalkeeper who has been with FC Basel since 2014. Having begun his professional career in Vitkovice, the 27-year-old shot stopper also played for Viktoria Zizkov and Sparta Prague before he moved to Switzerland.
At the beginning of his career Tomas Vaclik draw plenty of attention from all across Europe and has even signed a deal with Dutch side De Graafschap in 2011, which was later rescinded after Vaclik failed his medical and was forced to return to Prague.
During two seasons with the Swiss giants FC Basel, Tomas Vaclik has managed to establish himself as a first-choice goalkeeper averaging 31 appearances per season. He played a massive role in his team’s back-to-back title challenges and has gone to extend his contract with Basel as a reward, a contract that will keep him with the Swiss club until 2021.
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.