Our prediction for this Portugal Primeira Liga match:
Benfica will be aiming to build on a 4-1 win over Estrela when they take on Gil Vicente in the La Liga round 20. The Eagles are eager to overtake Sporting CP in top position and they are likely to go all guns blazing at Os Galos. Benfica are eyeing their 8th home win of the process, but they will have to prove their worth on the field.
Gil Vicente, on the other hand, aim to build on back-to-back wins over Portimonense and Vitoria Guimaraes, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry against the title hopefuls. In their last meeting in Lisbon Benfica defeated Gil Vicente 3-1 and we predict that history is going to repeat itself. As for the away team, midfielder Kiko Vilas Boas misses out with injury, but there are no other selection worries in Vitor Campelos’ side.
Highlighted Player (Angel di Maria):
Angel Di Maria is a professional footballer who played for Argentine side Rosario Central at the start of his senior career. The left-footed winger is very quick on the ball and he often makes life difficult for opposition defenders. After playing for Benfica between 2007 and 2010, the Argentine superstar signed for Real Madrid on 28 June, 2010 for a fee of €25 million + €11 million in bonuses.
Despite impressing with los Blancos in the 2013/2014 La Liga campaign, the club chiefs decided to sell him to Manchester United on 26 August, 2014. Di Maria was playing below expectations at Old Trafford and he scored three goals in 27 league games for the Red Devils.
In 2015 he moved to Paris Saint-Germain and he scored 10 goals in 29 league appearances for les Parisiens in the 2015/2016 Ligue 1 campaign. In 2014 he won the Champions League trophy with Real Madrid and that is considered the biggest success of his career. Angel Di Maria was born in Rosario on 14 February, 1988.
Highlighted Team (Gil Vicente):
Founded in 1924, Gil Vicente are a Portuguese football club that compete in Primeira Liga. The Galos (Roosters) are well known for their red kit, but they wear white shirts and blue shorts when playing on the travels.
Gil Vicente have yet to win a domestic trophy, but they did well to make it to the Taca da Liga final in the 2011/2012 season. The Galos suffered a 2-1 loss to Benfica in the title game at Estadio Cidade de Coimbra. The likes of Rodrigo and Saviola scored for Benfica, with Ze Luis finding the net for Gil Vicente.
The Galos welcome their rivals at Estadio Cidade de Barcelos, the stadium which can hold up to 12,504 people. The venue was opened on May 30, 2014 and it can hold up to 12,504 people. It has to be noted that the team first secured promotion to the Portuguese elite division in 1990.