I League Benfica defends the leadership in the Azores

The Minho facet, who begin the spherical 4 factors behind the Reds, play last-placed Paços de Ferreira and FC Porto, 5 factors behind, have a historically troublesome journey to Vitória de Guimarães.

Already 12 factors from the lead, in fourth place, and eight from direct entry to the Champions League, Sporting is the first “huge” to enter the subject after they obtain Vizela on Friday.

After the draw in the derby with the “leões” (2-2), Benfica is seeking to return to the triumphs of the Azores on Saturday in the subject of the present sixteenth and penultimate place in the championship and a crew in disaster, with L’ coach Jorge Simão has lately taken over Santa Clara following the dismissal of Mário Silva.

Still with out displaying, till now, the energy it demonstrated earlier than the interruption of the 2022 World Cup, Roger Schmidt’s crew, which will be unable to depend on Argentine central Otamendi, resulting from a suspension, is obvious favourite to win in the Azores, the place he has by no means been defeated.

Last season, the Reds had considered one of the largest defeats of the season in São Miguel, after they gained 5-0.

For its half, Santa Clara has gone seven consecutive days with out profitable in all competitions (5 defeats and two attracts), three together with the I League, though it’s nonetheless 4 factors above the proper relegation zone.

Braga to Mata Real

Hours earlier than the duel in the Azores, Sporting de Braga will attempt to add their fifth consecutive victory in the I League at Mata Real and finish the current restoration of Paços de Ferreira, who in the final spherical lastly achieved their first victory in the competitors. (1 -0 on the Rio Ave course).

Braga is seeking to additional scale back the hole with Benfica and likewise strengthen the second place, additionally ready for a attainable slip by FC Porto in Guimarães, the match that closes the day.

FC Porto in Guimaraes

After the defeat of Famalicão (4-1), the nationwide champions go to the floor of the sixth place of the I League, a crew that has not gained in the competitors for 3 days, seven in all competitions, however that this season at dwelling he already made life troublesome for an additional contender for the title, Benfica (0-0).

In the final three seasons, Sérgio Conceição’s crew emerged victorious in Guimarães, however all the time by the smallest margin.

Sporting receives Vizela

On Friday, after two consecutive video games with no win in the championship, Sporting is compelled to beat Vizela in order to not be even additional away from the locations of entry to the “Champions”, in a gathering that would mark the return of the midfielder japanese Morita, after stopping resulting from harm.

Vizela, eighth, arrives at Alvalade in good type, with two wins in the final three video games, each by 3-0.

The spherical begins exactly on Friday, at 7 p.m., with Arouca internet hosting Portimonense, and ends on Monday in Bessa with Boavista-Desportivo de Chaves.

Program of the seventeenth day:

– Friday, January 20:

Arouca – Portimonense, 7pm

Sporting – Vizela, 21:15

– Saturday, January 21:

Paços de Ferreira – Sporting de Braga, 3.30 p.m

Santa Clara – Benfica, 18:00, Lisbon time

Vitória de Guimarães – FC Porto, 8.30pm

– Sunday, January 22:

Maritime – Estoril Beach, 3.30 p.m

Casa Pia – Gil Vicente, 6 p.m

Famalicão – Rio Ave, 8:30 p.m

– Monday, January 23:

Boavista – Deportivo de Chaves, 20:15


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