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Aug 7, 2021 at 6pm UK at Parque Desportivo Comendador Joaquim de Almeida Freitas
Martins (30')
Soares (36'), Pires (69'), Jorge (75'), Pacheco (90+3')
FT(HT: 1-2)
Verissimo (9'), Waldschmidt (19')
Taarabt (33'), Weigl (60'), Meite (81'), Silva (90+8')
Goncalves (56')

Preview: Moreirense vs. Benfica - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Saturday's Primeira Liga clash between Moreirense and Benfica, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Benfica get their 2021-22 Primeira Liga campaign underway with a clash against Moreirense at the Parque de Jogos Comendador Joaquim de Almeida Freitas on Saturday.

The away side will once again be expected to battle with Porto and defending champions Sporting Lisbon for the title, while the hosts should be in contention for a European spot after narrowly missing out last term.

Match preview

Benfica coach Jorge Jesus in the Europa League on February 18, 2021© Reuters

Benfica took a giant step towards progressing into the last stage of the UEFA Champions League qualifying rounds courtesy of a 2-0 victory versus Spartak Moscow on Wednesday.

Second-half goals from Rafa Silva and Gilberto secured a crucial away triumph for Jorge Jesus's men in Russia ahead of the return leg next Tuesday.

In the meantime, As Aguias have their sights set on a good start to the new domestic season as they go in search of a 38th league title following second and third-place finishes in the last two campaigns.

Standing in their way is a Moreirense side against whom Benfica have a near-perfect record in recent encounters involving the teams.

Saturday's visitors have emerged victorious on eight of their last 10 trips to the home side, with their only defeat in that time coming in a Taca da Liga semi-final tie four years ago.

Moreirense players including Mateus Pasinato speak to the referee in January 2021© Reuters

Moreirense will not be featuring in this year's edition of the aforementioned tournament after they were knocked out in the qualifying round on penalties by lower league opposition Penafiel a fortnight ago.

Vasco Seabra's men fell behind to a Rui Pedro opener midway through the second period, but parity was restored in double-quick time by Goncalo Franco, whose missed spotkick decided the shootout.

The result was in keeping with Os Verdes e Brancos' last two pre-season outings, where they suffered humiliating 4-0 and 3-0 defeats to Sporting Braga and Santa Clara respectively.

Saturday's hosts must now put all that behind them as they prepare for the start of their eighth consecutive season in the Portuguese top flight.

Moreirense pre-season form:
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  • L
  • L

Moreirense form (all competitions):
  • W
  • L
  • L
  • L

Benfica pre-season form:
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • D

Benfica form (all competitions):
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • D
  • W

Team News

Benfica's Haris Seferovic celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates in January 2021© Reuters

The trio of Andre Almeida, Darwin Nunez and Rodrigo Pinho are sidelined with knee injuries and are ruled out for the away side.

Twenty-year-old Tiago Araujo is also expected not to play any part in the contest as he remains down with a muscle problem which has ruled him out of action since April.

Haris Seferovic was hauled off in the first half of Benfica's last outing, and his involvement this weekend is uncertain.

Pedro Amador is yet to recover from a long-term knee injury which limited him to just four league appearances last season.

Derik Lacerda's spell on the treatment table continues due to a shoulder injury, but the Brazilian midfielder is not far off a return to action.

Moreirense possible starting lineup:
Oliveira; Conte, Rosic, Pacheco, Jorge; Silva, Franco, Ramos, Pires; Soares, Martins

Benfica possible starting lineup:
Vlachodimos; Vertonghen, Otamendi, Verissimo; Grimaldo, Weigl, Mario, Goncalves; Pizzi, Silva, Ramos

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We say: Moreirense 0-3 Benfica

Benfica have made it a habit of flying out of the blocks in recent seasons and will be fired up for this one as they go in search of yet another league crown. We are backing them to claim an emphatic victory, scoring plenty of goals en route.

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