Our prediction for this Portugal Primeira Liga match:
Estadio Pina Manique will host Saturday’s Primeira Liga game between Casa Pia and Benfica, the two teams who meet for the first time ever in the Portuguese top flight. Casa Pia played out a goalless draw with Santa Clara on their Primeira Liga debut, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry against Benfica. Leonardo Lelo should keep his place in the starting XI despite failing to find the net at the weekend, while Rafael Martins will continue to lead the line for the newcomers.
The Eagles, on the other hand, continue life without new Liverpool striker Darwin Nunez, but the Uruguay international was not sorely missed in a 4-0 crushing of Arouca. The capital club proved their worth in back-to-back Champions League wins over Midtjylland as well; therefore, anything but a routine away triumph would be a major surprise. The good news for the visitors is that midfielder Joao Mario has overcome his injury.
Highlighted Player (Haris Seferovic):
Haris Seferovic is a Swiss international who plays for Primeira Liga club Benfica as a forward. Born in Sursee, Switzerland, on February 22, 1992, Seferovic began his youth career at his hometown club Sursee. In 2004 he moved to Luzern, and he continued his football development at Grasshoppers from 2007 to 2009.
The 189-cm-tall attacker, whose preferred foot is left, made three appearances for the Grasshopper senior team before joining Fiorentina in 2010. Haris Seferovic played for the likes of Xamax, Lecce, and Novara on loan as well before signing a deal with Real Sociedad in the 2013/2014 season.
In the summer of 2014, the Swiss international moved to Eintracht Frankfurt, where he scored 16 goals in 86 appearances in the German top flight. Seferovic, who plays for Benfica nowadays, did well to win the Primeira Liga trophy with the Eagles in the 2018/2019 season. His main position is centre-forward, but he is used as a left winger 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.