The Portuguese Primeira Liga has risen in quality in recent seasons. It is currently the sixth-ranked League according to UEFA’s ranking coefficients. Indeed, it moved temporarily into fifth place after Benfica qualified for the group stages of the Champions League after defeating PSV Eindhoven in the playoffs two months ago.
Even then, the Primeira Liga continues to deliver entertainment, excitement and goals.
Sporting was close to finishing last season unbeaten. However, they lost on matchday 33 to their perennial rivals, Benfica, who are the current leaders.
The Eagles have been high-flying on all fronts this season. Apart from being top of the table, Jorge Jesus’ men recently defeated La Liga giants, Barcelona in convincing fashion, in the UCL, three weeks ago.
With eight matches played so far, some patterns have begun to play out in the Primeira Liga. These options could help punters earn great rewards as the season continues.
Benfica To Win And Over 1.5 Goals At Home
All is well with the world at Benfica these days. While they have stuck with their 67-year old manager, the play has been different and eye-pleasing.
They lead the log with 20 points, one point ahead of Porto. They also have the best attacking record with 19 goals and the joint second-best defensive record having conceded just five goals.
Jorge Jesus favours a 3-4-3 formation primarily with veterans, Nicolas Otamendi and Jan Vertoghen forming two of the three central defenders.
The aim is to close the spaces as quickly as possible during defensive transitions while trying to hold on to possession for as long as possible.
The attacking trio of Roman Yaremchuk, Darwin Nunez and Rafa Silva has been key to how successful the team has been this season.
The Lisbon-based team has won all of its home matches at home this term and scored at least two goals.
Early days, yet, this bet option looks primed to ensure punters smile to the bank more often than not.
Over 2.5 Goals In Matches Involving Moreirense
The modest club has begun the new season quite underwhelmingly. After finishing the last campaign in 8th position, they currently sit in 14th place with seven points and just one win.
They have conceded 16 goals in 8 matches, the worst in the division alongside Arouca and Santa Clara. Yet, they have scored 10 goals, which is only bettered by Tondela amongst the bottom 9 teams.
The defensive pair of Lazar Rosic and Artur Jorge looks sure to concede at least two goals in every match. They have only managed one clean sheet this season.
Moreirense has recorded six over 2.5 margins in eight Primeira Liga matches played.
It is therefore a convenient bet option for punters to stake on the Minho-based side in subsequent matches.
Goal/Goal In Matches Involving Boavista
Boavista has begun the new term better than it did last season. They are placed eighth on the log with two wins.
However, for a team with high intentions this season, they have accumulated a large of draws. The Panthers have drawn 50% of their games in the Primeira Liga.
After winning two of their first three matches, Joao Pedro’s men have drawn four of their last six. Interestingly, three of those draws have seen teams come from behind to equalise.
They have also missed the defensive contributions of Nigeria International, Chidozie Awaziem, a former member of the back three.
Fascinatingly, Boavista has scored 11 goals and let in 11 goals. This only implies that they concede and score in equal measure.
They have recorded five goal/goal matches this term. Hence, staking on both teams to be on the score sheet in games involving them is a wise option for punters.
Over 5.5 Yellow Cards In Matches Involving Porto
While being the poster team of Portuguese football, Porto’s disciplinary record has been one to note quite keenly.
After finishing last season with three red cards, the Dragons have seen a player sent off twice this term.
Sergio Conceicao lines up his team to play with an aggressive press out of possession and this has been the most observable reason why they tend to pick up cautions during matches.
The team has averaged 4 yellow cards in the Primeira Liga so far. One can expect their opponents to get at least one yellow card when they play.
For punters interested in the Portuguese league, this option promises plenty of rewards.