Benfica de Jorge Jesus enters Paços de Ferreira 11 points from leading Sporting, but seeks to solidify the good performance achieved in recent games, especially since the start of the second round.
If only the last eight games of the League were counted, that is, from the 18th round – the first in the second round -, the Eagles would be in the lead in exact equality with Sporting. They both scored 20 points, but Benfica were more effective in scoring.
In the last eight matches, the Reds have had six wins and two draws (with Moreirense and Farense). Global numbers identical to Sporting (drawn with FC Port and Moreirense).
The difference is in the goals scored and conceded: the Eagles had 13 accurate shots and allowed just one goal, in a draw with Moreirense. The Lions scored 11 and received three (Gil Vicente, Santa Clara and Moreirense).
Another fact to consider, in this two-month period – the 18th round took place on February 8th and 9th – Jesus ’team had four more matches in other competitions (Portuguese Cup and Europa League), Rúben Amorim’s men were are for eight league games.
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