Still aimlessly out of the four lines, Benfica try to find the best way on the pitch by dueling with Vitória de Guimarães through the quarterfinals of the Portuguese Cup. The meeting this Tuesday, January 15, will be the first of two in a row between the teams and has kick-off scheduled for 5:45 pm (Brasília time). The second, scheduled for the 18th will be the Portuguese Championship. Both will have as scenery the stadium Dom Afonso Henriques, in Guimarães.The tournament is played with elimination matches. In this way, only the winner survives in the contest for the cup. In case of equality, the regulation establishes an extension of 30 minutes. If the tie persists, the decision is made through penalties.
Vitória de Guimarães
After two Portuguese league defeats, Vitória overcame Moreirense 1-0 on Friday, January 11, in a match for the seventeenth round of the 2018/2019 tournament, the last of the first round.It closed its participation in the first half of the dispute with 28 points (eight victories, four ties and five losses). It is in fifth position, the first out of the European Tournament classification block. Thus, it can even ‘inherit’ a place depending on the success of Benfica or the other three teams that are in G4. Should any of these teams become the Portuguese Cup title, the Europa League berth that would be destined for the tournament is re-assigned to the Portuguese Championship.It is not, of course, the intention of Vitória de Guimarães. Much better would be to win the trophy and win the Europa League berth as a bonus. The team began their participation in the tournament in the third round with a resounding 7-0 win away to Valenciano.Then, once again away from home, he overcame the Madeira Union. This time the score was more modest. Won by 2 to 0. The third game again was in visitor condition and margin of victory became even leaner. Boavista were beaten 1-0, but Guimarães maintained their defense without being leaked in the tournament.
Benfica began their participation in the Portuguese Cup against Sertanense. Made 3 to 0 acting as a guest. At home, against Arouca, confirmed his favoritism without being able to excite in the next phase winning 2-1. The same happened in the round of 16 against Montalegre, beaten 1-0 in their dominions.All these games were still under the direction of Rui Vitória, who was fired after the failure, by 2 to 0, against Portiminense in the Portuguese Championship. Bruno Lage, coach of Benfica B, was promoted, at first, on an interim basis, but is staying until the results help and the top men can not reach an agreement.There is a strong divergence among directors about who should be hired. The name of Jose Mourinho, strongly linked to Porto, was quoted. The coach, however, said he was unwilling to return to work in Portugal despite being fired by his last two clubs in England (Chelsea and Manchester United).With Lage, Benfica jumped from the fourth place to the vice-leadership of the Portuguese Championship. He defeated Rio Ave (4-2) and Santa Clara (2-0), closing the first round with 38 points (12 wins, two draws and three losses). Of breaking, reduced its disadvantage in relation to the port, leader, to five points.
Football Prediction of the Day Guimarães vs Benfica
By scoring 3-2 in Vitória de Guimarães in the first round of the 2018/2019 Portuguese Championship, Benfica extended to 14 consecutive games without losing to the rival. Started in 2013, it has 13 wins and one amp.
Difficult to imagine that in the scenario of administrative mess that has been played Benfica achieve some significant result in the current season. However, the change of command still seems to be having an effect on the motivation of the group and so the prognosis in the victory of the Lisbon team seems to be the best option for the match on Tuesday for the quarterfinals of the Portuguese Cup.
Bet Tips: Benfica wins