Our prediction for this Portugal Primeira Liga match:
All eyes will be on Estadio do Bessa Seculo XXI when Boavista take on Benfica on Matchday 13. Boavista quickly bounced back from a heartbreaking loss to their local rivals Porto, with the team beating Santa Clara 2-1 at the weekend, but they face an uphill task in Friday’s football game against Benfica. The Eagles aim to retain top position in the standings, but they will have to prove their worth on the field.
The league leaders rolled over Maritimo 4-0 in their last league fixture, with Carlos Vinicius scoring a brace for the capital club. The Brazil attacker is eager to add more goals to his account, meaning that Boavista defenders should have him at bay. In their last meeting in Porto in the Portuguese top flight, Benfica defeated Boavista 2-0, and we predict that history is going to repeat itself.
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.