Our prediction for this Portugal Primeira Liga match:
All eyes will be on Estadio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica when Benfica and Famalicao face each other in the Primeira Liga derby this weekend. The Eagles rolled over Boavista 4-1 in their last league fixture, with the team increasing their advantage over Porto to four points. Benfica are on a three-game winning run in the Primeira Liga, meaning that they are brimming with confidence ahead of the visit of Famalicao.
The Azuis e Brancos have been performing above expectations in the 2019/2020 Primeira Liga season. The newcomers are still sitting in the third position in the standings, but given their shaky defence, we do not believe that the visitors are capable of spoiling Benfica’s party in Lisbon. You should bear in mind that Famalicao, who are on a four-game winless run at the moment, conceded ten goals in total in the last five matches in the Portuguese top flight.
Highlighted Player (Andreas Samaris):
Greece international midfielder Andreas Samaris began his career playing for Panachaiki before his spells with Panionios and Olympiakos. SL Benfica is the first international experience for the 27-year-old player who arrived in Portugal in 2014.
A full international since 2013, Samaris represented Greece at the 2014 FIFA World Cup during which he managed to make his presence known and earn a move abroad. Andreas Samaris operates as a central midfield but is capable of filling in defensive midfielder role. Greek international was the mainstay for Benfica during his first two seasons at the club managing 46 Primeira Liga appearances during the period. He also added 12 Champions League appearances.
Andreas Samaras helped Benfica win two Primeira Liga titles, two Taca da Liga trophies and one Super Cup. Greek international was the regular performer for his national team during the unsuccessful Euro 2016 qualifying campaign with ten games to his name.
Highlighted Team (Famalicao):
Founded on August 21, 1931, Famalicao are a Portuguese football club that compete in the Primeira Liga. The colour of their home kit is white, with the team wearing blue shirts and blue shorts when playing on the travels.
Famalicao welcome their rivals at Estadio Municipal 22 de Junho Vila Nova de Famalicao, the venue with the capacity of 5,307 people. The stadium was opened in 1952 and ever since has been serving as the team’s home ground. Famalicao are owned by Quantum Pacific Group, the company which has a 32% share of famous La Liga side Atletico Madrid as well.
The Azuis e Brancos secured promotion to Primeira Liga for the first time in the 1946/1947 season and they returned to the Portuguese elite division in 2019. Famalicao recorded a 2-0 win over Santa Clara on their return to the Portuguese top flight, with Toni Martinez and Anderson finding the net for the visitors.