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Dec 6, 2020 at 8pm UK at Estádio da Luz
Pacos de FerreiraPacos de Ferreira
Silva (58'), Waldschmidt (90+4')
Otamendi (74')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Reabciuk (24')
Eustaquio (66'), Jordi (72'), Uilton (78'), Pepa (87')

Preview: Benfica vs. Pacos de Ferreira - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Sunday's Primeira Liga clash between Benfica and Pacos de Ferreira, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Benfica have slipped off the top of the table in recent weeks, losing two of their last three matches, and face a difficult opponent in Pacos de Ferreira on Sunday as they look to climb back to the summit of the Primeira Liga.

Pacos Ferreira are fifth in the league and are on a five-game unbeaten run, which should give them confidence despite the daunting task of taking on a title-chasing Benfica outfit.

Match preview

Benfica's Darwin Nunez celebrates with a teammate after scoring against Rangers on November 5, 2020© Reuters

Benfica won each of their first five games to sit atop the Primeira Liga, but suffered two defeats in succession and are now third, having surrendered top spot to Sporting CP.

However, they do possess the joint-second best goalscoring record in the division with 19 in eight games - level with Porto and behind Sporting.

Their defensive record, on the other hand, while far from being poor, has not been up to their usual high standards so far this term.

Shipping 10 goals in eight games leaves them behind 10 other sides in terms of goals conceded, and Jorge Jesus will demand improvement from his team in this regard.

Pacos Ferreira, meanwhile, are enjoying a fine season by their standards, sitting just two places and four points behind Sunday's opponents.

Pepa's side started slowly, failing to win any of their first three league fixtures, but have since gone on a strong run and catapulted themselves up the table.

They come into this fixture having won three games in a row, and will certainly give Benfica a strong challenge when they visit Lisbon.

Unlike Benfica, Pacos Ferreira do not have the burden of European football to contend with and will have enjoyed extra rest in the build-up to Sunday's fixture.

Benfica Primeira Liga form: WWWLLW
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Pacos de Ferreira Primeira Liga form: LWDWWW
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Team News

Benfica head coach Jorge Jesus pictured on November 5, 2020© Reuters

Benfica boss Jesus has three players absent as he prepares to host Pacos Ferreira on Sunday.

Adel Taarabt is unavailable due to Covid-19 and Jean-Clair Todibo is still struggling with a thigh problem.

Additionally, Andre Almeida has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a serious knee injury.

Pacos Ferreira manager Pepa, meanwhile, has just two short-term absentees ahead of this contest.

Jorge Silva and Dor Jan are both out injured, but should return later this month.

Benfica possible starting lineup:
Vlachodimos; Gilberto, Otamendi, Vertonghen, Grimaldo; Pires, Chiquinho; Silva, Pizzi, Everton; Nunez

Pacos de Ferreira possible starting lineup:
Jordi; Fonseca, Marcelo, Baixinho, Reabciuk; Eustaquio; Ferreira, Carlos, Costa, Singh; Tanque

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We say: Benfica 2-1 Pacos de Ferreira

This should be a close contest and Pacos Ferreira, who are in good form, have every chance of picking up some points, but Benfica are a notch above in terms of quality and should have just enough to edge the game.

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