Belenenses are just hanging above the relegation region, one point above the red zone and will be looking to rise when they host giants Benfica in round 12 of the Primeira Liga. The hosts have eight points so far, in 16th place, while Benfica are third with 28 points. Belenenses have just one win in the 11 league games played and are the joint poorest scorers. Meeting one of Europe’s elite teams means they have a tough task on their hands. In 11 matches so far in the league, they have two clean sheets only and in six of the 11, they’ve conceded at least two goals. In their last six competitive meetings with Benfica, Belenenses are winless, losing five.
Benfica are coming from a 0-0 draw with Barcelona in Spain and will be looking to extend their dominance over Belenenses as they play catch up to Porto and Sporting. Their only loss in the last five matches was against Bayern Munich away in the Champions League but domestically they are doing well. In the league, they’ve scored 27 goals in 11 matches, a tally only second to league leaders Porto, who have scored 28. Defensively, they are also doing well and should have an easy run out against Belenenses, who have only scored seven goals this term. Benfica have just one loss in the league this season. The defeat, at home to Portimonense, is their only one in 18 league games.
Benfica are outright favorites here; they have a fine scoring run in the league and in terms of quality, they are much better than Belenenses. They’ve also had easy outings against Belenenses and the least expected from them is a win here. Go for Benfica leading in both halves.