It keeps on raining good news as one of Europe’s biggest leagues returns, Portugal’s Primeira Liga restarts on Wednesday, June 3.
Although the football will be played in unprecedented conditions with Covid-19 impacting every industry globally, the Primeira Liga has a familiar feel as old rivals Porto and Benfica battle out for the title they’ve been winning since 2002.
Porto are one point ahead of holders Benfica with Braga 13 further behind in third place with 10 rounds of matches left. below, we highlight all of the matches in the opening round of fixtures.
Wednesday 3 June
20:00 – Portimonense (2.50) v Gil Vicente (3.05)
Relegation-threatened Portimonense are on their longest winless Primeira Liga (LPFP) streak since 2011 (D5, L7). They are the division’s lowest-scorers averaging just 0.67 goals netted per game, and have failed to score in 11 league matches so far (45.83%). Portimonense have lost just 1 of their last 7 home matches, although they won only 1.
Mid-table Gil Vicente have won only 2 of their last 8 matches (D3, L3), but have lost just 3 of their last 12 in all competitions (W4, D5). The previous 3 matches ended with under 2.5 goals, while 5 of their latest 7 saw both teams score. The visitors travel here with just 1 loss from their last 7 away games (W3, D3). The last head to head meeting ended in a 1-1 draw.
Best Bet: BTTS at 1.95
22:00 – FC Famalicao (6.90) v Porto (1.42)
Famalicão have won just once (D4, L3) in their last 8 matches. The 4 draws averaged exactly 2.0 total match goals. The hosts’ recent run of just 1 win (D2, L2) in 5 home matches seems ominous when facing Porto.
Porto have won 6 (D1) of their 7 matches, their last 3 wins each saw them keep a first-half clean sheet, and in turn, 5 of their last 6 individual halves of league action have produced under 1.5 total goals. A run of 5 straight away wins (stretching back to January) has extended Porto’s unbeaten league run on the road to 11 matches.
Best Bet: Porto win and under 3.5 goals at 2.15