Benfica did a good job in their last match on the road against Tondela when they recorded a routine 0:2 victory.
The Eagles opened the match more aggressively, taking the double lead with goals over Pizzi in the 12th and Everton in the 19th minute. Logically, they opted for a less risky approach in the second and kept their advantage till the end without any major difficulties.
Benfica holds 3rd spot in the general rankings, being only four points in deficit compared to their opponents in the upcoming match.
The hosts miss miss right-backs Almeida (4/0), Ferreira (2/0), and defensive midfielder Samaris (6/0). Out should also be offensive midfielder Taarabt (23/0) and forward Nunez (25/6) set as doubtful for now.
After two consecutive defeats in Primeira, Portimonense bounced back in the best way possible in the last round, as they recorded a pretty convincing 1:5 away victory against Nacional.
As the result is saying, the guests were a completely dominant side in this clash, scoring two during the first part, and another three in the second, allowing the home side only a comforting one in the 68th minute, thus taking a valuable three points in this encounter in a match where they created really a lot.
Portimonense occupies the 13th spot on the table, having four points more than play-out placed Farense, and will definitely search for another three in the upcoming clash.
They miss central back Tagliapietra (3/0), and midfielders Sa (9/0) and Lucas Fernandes (7/0).
Sporting ended their impressive winning streak in the last round on the road to Porto when they come with a 0:0 draw, looking pretty passive throughout the encounter.
They let the hosts dictate the game rhythm and unusually opted for a more defensive approach. Luckily for them, the home side didn’t use the ball possession advantage that they had, and with minimal chances created, couldn’t be much of a competitive side in this one also.
Nevertheless, Sporting firmly holds the leading position in Primeira, leaving their closes Braga with nine points in deficit.
Braga met the expectations in the last round against underdogs from Moreirense when they completely outplayed them with a 0:4 result, in an away match.
They removed all question about the winner in this one already in the first part when they were effective three times. The guests lowered the rhythm as the match moved to the second, but that didn’t stop them to score another one in the last minutes and took this convincing win while keeping their sheet clean.
Braga holds 3rd place in Primeira, having five points less than Porto and direct promotion to the Champions League next season.
Rio Ave is struggling with their performances in Primeira, not being able to escape from a defeat in the last three matches. Last Sunday evening, they suffered a loss on the road to Ferreira with a 2:0 result.
Despite having the ball to their feet, the visitors looked passive in this encounter, not being in a position to attack more frequently. They went on a break with a 1:0 deficit, and even though appeared slightly better in the second, attacks lacked creativity. In the 56th minute, the guests conceded another one over Tanque, who was effective in the first part as well.
Rio Ave is appearing poorly this season, having only eleven points out of twelve matches, currently being at playout leading 16th spot on the table.
Nacional ended their losing momentum in the last round against Tondela, defeating them with a 2:0 result, playing at their home stadium.
They took the lead already in the first minute of the match, and with a player more on the pitch since the 28th, their job in this one became much easier. They used their numerical advantage to create several decent opportunities and confirmed their victory with a goal in the 68th over Riascos.
Nacional is currently at 9th place in the overall standings, but the lineup is suitable for changes, as only two points separate them and the relegation placed Rio Ave.