Competition: Primeira Liga
Market: Luis Pizzi to score anytime
Odds: 21/20 @ Bet 365
With the Primeira Liga title race really starting to heat up on their return to action this week, Benfica host Tondela from behind closed doors on Thursday night.
Starting with the hosts, while Benfica might make their return in midweek sat just a single point adrift of league leaders Porto, the Reds were showing some inconsistencies prior to the break. Although Bruno Lage’s men may have come past Shakhtar Donetsk on European duties in a six-goal thriller back in February, the Portuguese giants had drawn each of their last three matches on the bounce and are simply looking to find some stability on their return to action. If Benfica are to find a way back to the top of the Primeira Liga, there is no doubt that Lage will be calling on Luis Pizzi to carry on where he left off in March. Forming a stellar partnership with Carlos Vinicius, the 30-year-old had previously found the net in his last three matches on the bounce and sits one goal behind in the race for the Golden Boot.
As for the visitors, entering the enforced break with a 1-1 draw against Boavista, Tondela find themselves almost stuck in Primeira Liga limbo after a sluggish run of form in the second half of the season. Collecting just a single point out of their last four top-flight outings and with just a single win to their name since December 7th, Natxo González’s men also had a growing reputation for their issues on the road. Including a 2-0 defeat against Vitoria Guimaraes in their last appearance away from the Estádio João Cardoso, Thursday’s guests have lost four of their last five Primera Liga contests on their travels and should be in for what is another overwhelming return to action in midweek.
Bet: Luis Pizzi 21/20 to score anytime against Tondela in Thursday’s Primeira Liga return @ Bet 365
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