Feyenoord are set to play Benfica at the Stadion Feijenoord on Sunday in a friendly game.
Feyenoord come into this match after a 1-1 draw against Villarreal in their last friendly. French midfielder Etienne Capoue’s first-half goal for Villarreal was canceled out by a second-half penalty from Iranian striker Alireza Jahanbakhsh for Feyenoord.
Benfica, on the other hand, lost 2-0 to Burnley in their last friendly match. Goals from left-back Owen Dodgson and Swedish centre-back Hjalmar Ekdal secured Burnley’s win.
Feyenoord vs Benfica Prediction
Feyenoord won the league last season under the management of Arne Slot and subsequently sold one of their star performers, Orkun Kokcu, to Benfica for €25 million. They have had some arrivals as well. Midfielder Ramiz Zerrouki has joined from Twente, while attacker Calvin Stengs, formerly of AZ Alkmaar and Nice, has been signed too.
Kokcu was pivotal to Feyenoord’s success, and the 22-year-old was linked with some of the biggest clubs in the world before moving to Benfica. Slot himself was a man in demand, with Tottenham Hotspur heavily linked with him, but the Dutchman decided to sign a new contract with Feyenoord instead.
Meanwhile, Benfica too won the league last season and were one of the most exciting teams to watch. Despite losing key midfielder Enzo Fernandez to Chelsea midway through the season, they did well to get their hands on the trophy.
Apart from Kokcu, the transfer that has caught everyone’s attention is the acquisition of Argentine winger Angel Di Maria on a free transfer.
Di Maria will be no stranger to the Benfica faithful, having begun his career in Europe with the Portuguese club before joining Real Madrid. The 35-year-old returns to the club as a World Cup winner and as one of the modern greats of the game, and his creativity and technical qualities could prove to be incredibly useful.
A close game is on the cards, but Benfica should edge past Feyenoord.
Prediction: Feyenoord 0-2 Benfica
Where to stream Feyenoord vs Benfica live & watch on TV
This match will be carried by Portuguese outlet Sport TV on Sport TV1 and DAZN in Spain, but it will not otherwise be widely available to view around the world.
You can also stream the match live using online bookmakers like Bet365.
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