Probable Lineups

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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparison

(76) 32 Goals 17 (35)
(58) 25 Assists 20 (30)
(6.6) 7 Average Ratings 6.7 (6.5)
25 Average Age 27.1
182.7 Average Height (cm) 177.5
(1.2) 1 Shots pg 0.8 (0.8)
(51%) 54% Aerial Duel Success 48% (48%)
(0.7) 0.7 Dribbles pg 0.5 (0.5)
(1.4) 1.2 Tackles pg 0.9 (1.1)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in Liga Portugal.

Missing Players

Benfica
Moreirense
Player Reason Status Rating
Fredrik Aursnes Out 6.93
Player Reason Status Rating
Alhassane Sylla Out N/A
Hernâni Infande Out 6.28
Madson Doubtful 6.56

Team News

Benfica
Moreirense
  • Fredrik Aursnes serves a match ban after being sent off against Sporting CP, which opens the Starting XI door to either Morato or Carreras at the left-hand side of SL Benfica' defense.
  • Roger Schmidt should rest key players like Rafa, Di María or Florentino, giving João Mário, Tiago Gouveia or Kokçu a chance to start.
  • Alan will likely return to Starting XI after serving a match ban last time around.
  • Ofori is also back available, but Rui Borges will likely opt for a more defensive midfield, meaning that the Ghanaian should be on the bench.

Prediction

  • After being unable to beat rivals Sporting CP in two consecutive games, SL Benfica defeated Marseille in midweek and are now in a favorable position to get into the UEFA Europa League semi-finals.
  • Moreirense FC are losing some gas right now as it can be shown by their last 2-2 home draw against Estrela where they had a 2-goal lead. Rui Borges' men only won once in the last 5 games and will look to regain some confidence ahead of their trip to Estádio da Luz.
  • With a 4 point-gap to Sporting CP (that could be increased to 7 points since the Lions have a game in hand), SL Benfica might prioritize Europa League over Primeira Liga. However, even playing with least utilized players, the Eagles should have what it takes to beat Moreirense.
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