Our prediction for this Portugal Primeira Liga match:
There will be fireworks when two old rivals Boavista and Benfica face each other at Estadio do Bessa Seculo XXI on Saturday. The Black and Whites kicked off the new Primeira Liga campaign with back-to-back wins over Portimonense and Santa Clara, but Casa Pia proved to be a big catch for the Porto-based club. Both Ricardo Mangas and Miguel Reisinho are sidelined with injuries, while there are no suspended players in the home team.
The Eagles, on the other hand, aim to build on back-to-back wins over Arouca and Casa Pia. Benfica were not in action in the national championship at the weekend due to their participation in the Champions League qualifiers, meaning that tired legs should not prove to be a big problem for the visiting side. Nicolas Otamendi is banned for the match, while fellow defender Lucas Verissimo misses out with injury. Anyhow, away win should be considered as Benfica have been producing excellent displays in all competitions this term.
Highlighted Player (Yusupha Njie):
Born in Banjul, Gambia, on January 3, 1994, Yusupha Njie is a forward who plays for Boavista in Primeira Liga. Njie began his youth career at Wealers FC, and in 2004 he moved to Cherno Samba Academy to continue his football development.
The Gambia international played for the likes of Real de Banjul and FUS Rabat at the senior level before signing a loan deal with Boavista in the 2017/2018 season. He later joined the Primeira Liga club permanently. In July 2018, Yusupha Njie reportedly signed a contract with French Club Stade de Reims, but the deal was canceled due to failed medical.
The Gambian footballer made his Boavista debut in Primeira Liga on August 7, 2017, in a 2-1 loss to Portimonense. Speaking of his international career, Yusupha Njie made his Gambia debut on June 11, 2017, in a 1-0 loss to Benin in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. His primary position is centre-forward, but he is used as a right winger and a second striker as well.
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.