I League. Benfica defends leadership in the Azores

Minho’s staff, which begins the spherical with 4 factors behind the reds, performs in Paços de Ferreira, the final, and FC Porto, which has 5 factors, has a troublesome journey to Vitória de Guimarães.

Already 12 factors from the entrance, in fourth place, and eight from the Champions League, Sporting is the first “massive” to enter the discipline by internet hosting Vizela on Friday.

After drawing in the derby with “leões” (2-2), Benfica is seeking to return on Saturday to victories in the Azores in the discipline of 16 and an surprising place in the competitors and a staff in bother, with coach Jorge Simão lately taking the function of Santa Clara after the removing of Mário Silva.

Even with out, to this point, displaying the power that confirmed earlier than the Mundial 2022, Roger Schmidt’s staff, which can’t depend on the Argentine central defender Otamendi, on account of suspension, is the favourite to win. Azores, the place they’ve by no means been conquered.

Last season, the reds had certainly one of the largest defeats in São Miguel, the place they gained 5-0.

For its half, Santa Clara has seven consecutive video games and not using a win in all competitions (5 defeats and two attracts), three counting I Liga, though it’s nonetheless 4 factors above the proper place.

Braga to Mata Real

A number of hours earlier than the duel in the Azores, Sporting de Braga will attempt to add a fifth victory in a row in the I Liga at Mata Real and finish with the current restoration of Paços de Ferreira, who in the final stage gained for the first time in the competitors. (1 -0 on Rio Ave programs).

Braga will likely be seeking to shut the hole on Benfica and strengthen second place, whereas additionally ready for FC Porto to lose in Guimarães, the sport that closes the day.

FC Porto in Guimaraes

After the defeat of Famalicão (4-1), the nationwide champions go to the sixth place in I Liga, a gaggle that has not gained in the competitors of three video games, seven in all competitions, however this season at house has gained. has already made life troublesome for an additional contender for the title, Benfica (0-0).

In the final three years, Sérgio Conceição’s staff has gained in Guimarães, however all the time by small margins.

Sporting receives Vizela

On Friday, after two consecutive matches with out profitable the competitors, Sporting should beat Vizela to keep away from the “Champions” spot, in a gathering that would mark the return of the Japanese participant. Morita, standing on account of harm.

Vizela, ranked eighth, arrived at Alvalade in good kind, having gained twice in the final three video games, each 3-0.

The spherical begins precisely on Friday, at 7 o’clock in the afternoon, with Arouca receiving Portimonense, and ends on Monday in Bessa with Boavista-Desportivo de Chaves.

Program for the seventeenth day:

– Friday, 20 Jan:

Arouca – Portimonense, 7pm

Game – Vizela, 21:15

– Saturday, 21 Jan:

Paços de Ferreira – Sporting de Braga, 3:30 pm

Santa Clara – Benfica, 18:00, Lisbon time

Vitória de Guimarães – FC Porto, 20h30

– Sunday, 22 Jan:

Maritime – Estoril Beach, 3:30 pm

Casa Pia – Gil Vicente, 6pm

Famalicão – Rio Ave, 20h30

– Monday, 23 January:

Boavista – Desportivo de Chaves, 20:15


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