Our partners and friends have predicted what the 2015/16 season will look like for the Primeira Liga and for some of the clubs in it.
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 partners and friends have predicted what the 2015/16 season will look like for the Primeira Liga and for some of the clubs in it. Below you will find their individual predictions for the season, including exclusive lineups, league preview and more.
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FC Porto will win the league this season. The Dragons have invested heavily and have a formidable looking squad, especially in midfield where they have an embarrassment of riches with the likes of €20m capture Imbula, Héctor Herrera and Portuguese diamonds Danilo Pereira, Ruben Neves, Sérgio Oliveira and André André. Spanish coach Julen Lopetegui should have learned about how to avoid the pitfalls of the Primeira Liga after his debut campaign and will be desperate to put Porto back on top of the pile after two barren seasons for the northerners.
Both promoted teams, tiny Tondela and Uniao da Madeira will find it tough going in the top flight, the latter making their first ever appearance in the upper echelons of Portuguese football. But Estoril and Paços de Ferreira may both struggle after losing charismatic coaches in recent seasons. Tondela and Paços to drop.
Arouca escaped relegation by the skin of their teeth last season, but upon the appointment of excellent coach Lito Vitigal the small side from northern Portugal should have a comfortable ride this time round. Vitória Setúbal has been a manager’s graveyard in recent times, and that tradition could well continue with Quim Machado.
Sporting’s big Algerian striker Islam Slimani has proven a reliable goal-getter since signing for the Lisbon club two seasons ago. With new coach Jorge Jesus known for his emphasis on attacking football, the powerful marksman should fill his boots and finish top of the goal charts.
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