In the round of 16 match of Liga Bwin, Braga receives Benfica from 8:15 p.m. this Friday.
Abel Ruiz probably ahead
Present in the victory of the Spain U21 team over Slovakia, by 3-2, which dictated the qualification of “La Rojita” for the European Championship 2023, in a match where he wore the captain’s armband, Abel Ruiz joined the Braga team only yesterday, working without restrictions. The Spanish striker is expected to play at the start as Vitinha still had complaints in the final stretch of preparation for the game with Benfica. Rodrigo Gomes is also in doubt.
Braga’s probable XI: Matheus; Tormena, David Carmo and Diogo Leite; Yan Couto, Al Musrati, André Horta and Francisco Moura; Iuri Medeiros, Abel Ruiz and Ricardo Horta.
Meité with eleven always at the mercy
Holder in the last round before the truce of the national selections, during the 2-1 against Estoril, Meité is at this moment in advantage to stay in the eleven for the visit tonight on the ground of Braga. And like what happened against the canaries, a match in which he took advantage of the unavailability of Taarabt (then suspended and also with physical problems), now he can again take advantage of the absence of number 49, who did not recover from his injury. suffered in the right thigh against ajax.
Meité is studying the possibility of starting Benfica’s second consecutive game, which he has only managed once in 2021/22, his first season at Luz, and already with Nélson Veríssimo: betting on the start of the League Cup final with Sporting (loss by 2-1), maintained the position in the next match, with Gil Vicente, however leaving at half-time due to the disadvantage of the marker – the eagles even lost this match, by 2-1, at Estádio da Luz.
Among the options and also in the running for the job are João Mário and Paulo Bernardo. The ex-Inter has not started since the aforementioned match against Sporting, but he worked under the orders of the red coach during the break, trying to show arguments to return to the eleven. The young midfielder has played in both Portugal Under-21 games and will be further behind in the race for the place.
In the list of 22 footballers for tonight’s trip to Pedreira, the name of Seferovic is a big novelty. Marked by physical problems in 2021/22, the Swiss international, who is only 470 years old, has fully recovered from a muscle injury in his right leg and returns to the group after two and a half months, at the during which he missed 13 games for the Eagles.
The international still under study
Absent from red training for the past two weeks, Otamendi and Darwin were part of Nélson Veríssimo’s call-up even after playing for their respective sides (Argentina and Uruguay) in the early hours of Wednesday and coming top of the game with Braga . . While the centre-back was already part of yesterday’s training session at Seixal, the striker was limited to doing gym work. Faced with this wear and considering Tuesday’s reception at Liverpool, for the Champions League, Veríssimo assesses the condition of the pair and their possible presence in the eleven.
Probable composition of Benfica: Vlachodimos; Gilberto, Morato, Vertonghen and Grimaldo; Rafa, Meite, Weigl and Everton; Gonçalo Ramos and Yaremchuk.