Match date: 17 Dec 2017
| Sport: Football
| Competition: Portugal Football
| Stake: 7/10
| Pick: 2 (-1.5 AH)
| Match result:
1-5 - Won
Tondela survived last season in Portugal Primeira league after ending only one position above relegation zone but with same number of points as relegated Arouca, this time they are at 12th position at the table after 14 rounds with 15 points, five more than relegation placed teams, they can't brag with their recent results and tonight in 15th round will face with title defenders Benfica, in this match will be almost impossible to avoid defeat, to confront to one of the strongest teams in league must show some really outstanding skills but i doubt in that.
In very of last four meetngs with Benfica were defeated with at least two goals margin and in those matches scored only one goal, in previous season conceded six goals against them without scoring. To this duel are coming after narrow victory over Aves away from home and with that ended streak of three consecutive defeats, in that last round they had a bit of luck as opponents created some great chances but failed to score, anyway tonight i doubt that will avoid conceding couple of goals. Defender Junior Pius (3/0), midfielder Tembeng (0/0) and Joca (3/0) are injured and will stay out, midfielder Pedro Nuno (12/0) is on loan from Benfica so he won't play here wile forward Osorio (5/0) is having problems with slight injury and is in doubt.
Benfica are struggling to find consistency in their game and it will be very hard to defend a title, still are in title trace off course and are only three points behind leaders Porto and second placed Sporting, in Champions league they were terrible and failed to earn single point in group stage so now can focus on domestic league and defending of a title, for this duel are big favorites and convincing victory would boost their morale.
Benfica are one of the strongest teams in Portugal and were defeated only once ion league so far against Boavista on the road, most recently were eliminated from Portugal Cup by Rio Ave after extra time, anyway now are participating only in league and must play on high level to defend the trophy, i'm quiet sure that will achieve convincing victory in this match. Defenders Luisao (14/1), Eliseu (6/0) and midfielder Filipe Augusto (8/0) are injured and will remain sidelined.
Tondela can be satisfied with the fact that are still safe and to climb up and reach safer spots must show more, Benfica meanwhile disappointed in Europa and now will try to defend a title in league, here must win and everything except convincing victory would be a surprise.