Victory of Guimaraes and Benfica will face this Friday, January 18, for the second time in four days. This time the confrontation is part of the schedule of the eighteenth round of the Portuguese Championship 2018/2019 edition, the first of the second round. In the stadium Dom Afonso Henriques, in Guimarães, begins scheduled for 19:15 (Brasília time).The first duel of the week happened on Tuesday, January 15, for the quarterfinals of the Portuguese Cup. The Lisbon team got the best. With goal scored by João Félix, in the 14 minutes of the first half, won by 1 to 0 and secured his classification for the semifinals of the tournament.
Vitória de Guimarães
Although Vitória de Guimarães did not make a gala appearance, the soccer that it demonstrated could have generated a better result. Although Benfica (44% to 56%) spent less time in possession of the ball, the team managed to produce a better chance of finishing (nine to four) and sent more balls to the target (five to two). He could not, however, put the ball in the net. Thus, he saw his campaign in the Portuguese Cup closed.In the Portuguese Championship, Vitória de Guimarães closed the campaign in the first round, also defeating Moreirense 1-0 in their domains. With that, they reached the mark of 28 points (eight wins, four draws and five losses). It is the same score of Belenenses and Moreirense, who are fighting a fierce battle for fifth place.After using the tiebreaker criteria, Guimarães was left with this position at the end of the first round. It is the first outside the qualifying zone for continental tournaments. That is, determines who will be the ‘heir’ of the right to participate in the qualifiers in the Europa League version 2018/2019 if one of the top four placed the title of the Portuguese Cup, which seems to be the most likely hypothesis at that time.So any extra point against the giants can be a differential. As principal, Guimarães is ranked as the sixth best in the Primera Liga. In 24 points played in his stadium, he won 17 (five wins, two draws and one loss). He made ten goals and suffered five.The midfielder Tozé (15 games in the 2018/2019 Portuguese Championship, three goals), who made the attempt to win against Moreirense and ended up being sent off, can not play on Friday. You will have to comply with suspension.
The victory in Guimarães was the third followed by Benfica since Bruno Lage, commander of team B, took command of the main team after the resignation of Rui Vitória. The first two were for the Portuguese Championship and led the team to the tournament’s vice-lead. With 38 points (12 wins, two draws and three losses), he is five points behind Porto.The leader of the First League will be the next rival of the benfiquistas. The classic, in Lisbon, is scheduled for next 23 days. But it’s not worth the Portuguese Championship. It will be for the semifinals of the League Cup.The game certainly calls for more attention than Friday’s duel and may have an influence not only on the lineup that Lage will determine but also on the behavior of athletes who can avoid stronger contests to avoid bruising on the eve of the classic.To the care of the medical department follow the defender Tyronne Ebuehi (still without performances in season 2018/2019 of the Portuguese Championship); midfielder Rafa Silva (11 matches, five goals); and striker Jonas (ten games, six goals).
Football Prediction of the Day Vitória de Guimarães vs Benfica
Benfica have not lost to Vitória de Guimarães for 15 games. There were 14 wins and a draw in the period. In the first round of the Portuguese Championship, the Lisbon team made it 3-2.Difficult to imagine that Benfica between 100% focused on the duel this Friday. The proximity of the classic to Porto, the first with the new coach, should affect the behavior of the athletes and even the coaching staff. Faced with a rival qualified as the Vitória de Guimarães, this makes the prognosis in equality becomes a good option for the game for the first round of the second round of the Portuguese Championship version 2018/2019.
Bet Tips: Benfica