The Lisbon team has a two-point advantage over the Porto rival at the start of the 34th and final round, and only the defeat at Estádio da Luz, against a team already relegated to the second tier, would make it dependent on the result of the ‘dragons’ in the reception to Vitória de Guimarães, in fifth place.
The triumph over the Azoreans will allow Benfica to win a title that they missed in the previous three seasons, but even a draw could be enough, since FC Porto would need, at the same time (18:00), to beat the Minho and overcome a difference of 11 goals in favor of the ‘eagles’, in the tiebreaker between goals scored and conceded.
Central defender António Silva, perhaps the biggest revelation of the season, will serve a suspension game and will not be able to help Benfica on the pitch to increase the record of national titles, with the conquest of the 38th sceptre, eight more than the FC Porto (30), the second most titled club, while Sporting has half (19).
In addition to the title decision and except for the ‘cosmetic’ ranking, the final round will only shed light on the holders of the fifth and sixth positions, which give access to the third and second qualifying rounds of the next edition of the Europa Conference League and are occupied, respectively , by Vitória de Guimarães and Arouca.
The Guimarães are two points ahead of their pursuers, but face a more difficult task, in the stadium of an FC Porto that vaguely dreams of revalidating the title of champion, while Arouca visits, also at 18:00, Portimonense, 13 classified and maintenance already assured.
The ‘cloth’ on the 2022/23 I Liga will fall after 22:00, when the game between Sporting de Braga (unreachable in third place, the last accession to the Champions League) and Paços de Ferreira, penultimate placed and virtually relegated, while Marítimo, antepenultimate, also already know that they will compete in the maintenance play-off, regardless of the result in Estoril Praia.
On Friday, Sporting, fourth, closed their participation in the 2022/23 edition of the I Liga with a 2-1 triumph at Vizela.
Source: Correio da Manhã by www.cmjornal.pt.
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