Our prediction for this Portugal Primeira Liga match:
Benfica and Farense face each other in a David-vs-Goliath clash at Estadio da Luz on Sunday evening. The Eagles are eager to make amends for the unsuccessful 2019/20 Primeira Liga campaign, and they could not have wished for a better start to the new season. The club chiefs did well to reinforce the squad in the summer transfer window, and it should come as no surprise Benfica are seen as hot favourites to beat Farense on Matchday 3.
The newcomers, on the other hand, do not seem to be competitive at this level, with the team failing to find the net in back-to-back losses to Moreirense (0-2) and Nacional (0-1). Over the years the Eagles have turned their Estadio da Luz into a real fortress, and we predict that the title-chasing side will pick up all three points from Sunday’s clash. Summer signing Luca Waldschmidt will be the man to watch in the home team.
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 (Farense):
Established on April 1, 1910, S.C. Farense is a Portuguese club that plays in Primeira Liga. Farense returned to Primeira liga in 2020, with the team securing promotion to the Portuguese elite division following an 18-year absence.
The Leoes de Faro (Lions of Faro) play home games at Estadio da Sao Luis, the stadium with the capacity of 12,000 people. Fellow Algavre clubs Olhanense and Portimonense are regarded as Farense’s biggest rivals. Speaking of the club’s colours, Farense footballers wear black and white shirts when playing at home, while their away kit is mainly green.
In the 2995/96 season Farense represented Portugal in the UEFA Cup, with the team suffering a loss to Olympique Lyon in the first round of the competition. The 1994/95 season is considered the club’s most successful campaign in the Portuguese top flight as they finished the process in 5th position in the standings.