There will be a general lull on Monday after an active football weekend. But not a widespread one, and in Portugal, on the contrary, there will be several meetings at once. Including 1 of the giants, Benfica, will play. The Lisbon club travels to visit Tondela, one of the mid-tier sides in the Primera. How will this trip end? The website analysts have made their predictions for this football match on February 7, 2022. Full statistics and all odds for the match can be found at 1xbet download.
For now, Tondela have no more ambitious goals than to remain in the country’s top division
The Golden Greens won the right to make their Primera debut in 2015. In all that time, they have never risen above a final 11th place finish (and last season they were 12th at all). But, on the other hand, they have managed the most important thing: not to leave the country’s top division. Paco Ayesteran’s charges are now well on their way to meeting their usual target. They are picking up an average of about a point per game. There have been few victories, though, except in the cup, but there are enough of those with much weaker results. Especially since the day before Benfica finally managed to win, for the first time in 4 rounds (2-1 against Portimonense on its field).
Benfica are still at a crossroads
The Eagles had great hopes for Jorge Jesus. When they brought him back to Lisbon after his successful stint at Flamengo in Brazil, they backed him up with a sizeable investment in the squad. But, in fact, the only major achievement in a year and a half is reaching the play-offs of this season’s Champions League. Especially as Barcelona themselves were left behind, sending them to the Europa League! But that did not save the coach, who has long been disliked by the fans, from being sacked. It took place just before the New Year, when it became clear that Porto and Sporting would not catch up de facto. Within a month a new full-fledged mentor had not been found. And with Nelson Verissimo as acting manager, they also lost the League Cup – in the final, opening the scoring, they lost to Sporting. And then there was the defeat to the humble Gil Vicente.
Benfica had almost no problems with Tondela. Of the 13 meetings held, 11 of them were won by the Eagles, including the last 3 that took place in 2021. Incidentally, in each of them, the metropolitan club has forgone 2 goals.
Benfica are seen as unconditional favourites, but they are in a slump at the moment. so we will limit ourselves to a neutral “less than 3.5 goals” (odds – 1.69).