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Benfica: 2015/16 season preview


Planet Benfica have kindly predicted the new season for Onefootball. Here's their 2015/16 season preview.

Record Primeira Liga winners Benfica celebrated their 34th title win at the end of the 2014/15 season, a season in which they finished three points ahead of arch-rivals FC Porto and nine ahead of fellow Lisbon club Sporting. Scoring a whopping 86 league goals, which meant a +70 goal difference – ahead of Chelsea, Juventus and PSG and behind only Barcelona and Real Madrid in Europe’s top five leagues – Benfica will be looking to improve on that this season following the acquisition of Raúl Jiménez from Atletico and loan move for Fulham’s Konstantinos Mitroglou.

Many eyes will be on Porto, though, who have steadied their defence – not that they needed to, conceding just 13 goals in the last campaign – by bringing in Real Madrid legend Iker Casillas and Giannelli Imbula from Marseille. But having lost Jackson Martinez and Danilo, it’s perhaps worth last season’s runners-up to invest in attack.

This season we won’t be watching Gil Vicente and Penafiel in Portugal’s premier division, but we’re happy to have Tondela and União Madeira take their place.

Our Benfica partners, Planet Benfica, part of the Football Collective, have predicted what the 2015/16 season will look like for the Primeira Liga and for Benfica. Below you will find their predictions for the season under #MySeasonPreview and you’ll find their ideal Benfica lineup for the upcoming season.

You too can get involved in the #MySeasonPreview by predicting your own 2015/16 season here and you could be in with a chance to win Beats by Dre headphones, a 2015/16 football kit of your choice or a retro football shirt from Campo Retro.

Planet Benfica 2015/16 Season Preview

With a back-to-back league wins Benfica will be looking for the triple and we back them to do so and earn a historic 35th domestic title, despite Jorge Jesus leaving to rivals Sporting and Porto spending heavily.

União de Madeira, who returned to the Primeira Liga after a 20 year absence will find it difficult to compete as Madeira’s third representing team in the 2015/16 season. Tondela also won promotion this season and are the other candidates to return to the second division, despite having secured a loan of Benfica striker Jhon Murillo. It will take something special for the two new boys to keep their place in the Portuguese top division.

Having secured European football for the upcoming season Belenenses departed with coach Lito Vidigal and stand-in Jorge Simão, and decided to go for the maverick Sá Pinto for the manager post. A respectable 6th league position last season may be difficult for Sá Pinto to manage due to extra responsibilities in Europe, and depending on how the players respond to his managing style Belenenses could be in for a rocky season.

Sá Pinto is known to be a demanding and his CV is not without altercations with both players and club officials. If the former Sporting man doesn’t keep his cool he could be the first to be relieved of his duties without the added pressure of keeping Belenenses in a European spot.

After missing the silver boot last season by one goal to Jackson Martinez, Benfica’s Jonas will win the due title he deserved. A goal wrongly ruled for offside in the last game was the difference. Jonas will have the chance to compete in the Champions League this season, after missing out on the registration in 2014, but the extra games on his legs will not shy away the finisher from continuing his rampart start to the Portuguese League. The assured absence of Martinez will certainly help that cause.

Planet Benfica 2015/16 Best XI

Benfica best xi

Benfica’s Top Scorer?

Jonas

Benfica’s Key Player?

Jonas (if Gaitan leaves…), superb featherweight touch and can bring the attacking players into the game carrying the team up front. With Lima on his way out Benfica will rely more on Jonas’ experience in front of goal

Which player does Benfica need to get rid of?

Benfica’s contract book boasts over 40 professional players and with many being surplus to requirements the club needs to offload to become leaner and focused on signing players that add value to the current squad, rather than hoping to make a quick profit from buying and selling in bulk. Ex-Manchester United player Bebé is currently out on loan to Rayo Vallecano and will probably be the first high profile name to leave. Luis Filipe, Steven Vitória, and Sidnei are likely to follow the Portuguese sooner or later.

Go back to the Primeira Liga season preview page here.

 

You too can get involved in the #MySeasonPreview by predicting your own 2015/16 season here and you could be in with a chance to win Beats by Dre headphones, a 2015/16 football kit of your choice or a retro football shirt from Campo Retro.