Tuesday, December 4, 2018, 15h58

League Cup: X-ray of Paços de Ferreira


Benfica's opponent in Group A is at the top of the II Division (Ledman LigaPro), it has a very positive record this season, a seasoned coach and experienced players in the squad.

Benfica plays again in front of its fans after the match against Feirense, in the Liga NOS. The home match against Paços de Ferreira is for matchday 2 of Group A of the League Cup and it is scheduled for 8:15 pm on Wednesday.

The leader of the II Division (Ledman LigaPro) travels to Estádio da Luz, with 24 points in 10 matches played. With the clear aspiration of clinching the immediate promotion to the Liga NOS Paços de Ferreira signed Vítor Oliveira as head coach. The 65-year-old Portuguese coach has already promoted several teams to the Portuguese top flight.

In the 2018/19 squad, there were several changes. 15 players came in and 23 left the club, with several footballers with experience in the First Division. In this aspect, an especial emphasis for Bruno Teles and Luiz Carlos, two of Paços de Ferreira's new signings.

With a solid campaign so far, Paços de Ferreira has carried out a total of 15 official matches, won 12, drew one and lost two. The team scored 24 goals and conceded seven.


"Pacenses" with an offensive mentality

For having a competitive squad and the goal of returning to the Liga NOS, Paços de Ferreira has been controlling the matches in the Second Division. The team racks up more shots, passes, and ball recoveries than the opponents and a higher ball possession percentage, according to the statistical data from the platform Wyscout.

Per game the team delivers, on average, 15 shots, with an accuracy of 36%; it ends the matches with ball possession average over 50 percent (53%). In the pass section, the men under Vítor Oliveira make 423 per encounter (83% efficacy).

Also in offensive terms, Paços favors the organized attack to build up its football. It carries out 27 per match and delivers 17 crosses per encounter.

Defensive wise, the team loses fewer balls than the opponents per game (93 against 103) and recovers the ball more times (78 against 76). The "castores" allow the opponents to carried out few shots: only 2,5 by match.


Transfers at Paços de Ferreira

IN Position OUT Position
Carlos Henriques goalkeeper Rafael Defendi goalkeeper
Ricardo Ribeiro goalkeeper João Pinho goalkeeper
Júnior Pius defender Mário Felgueiras goalkeeper
Bruno Teles defender McGowan defender
Marcos Valente defender João Góis defender
Nininho defender Miguel Vieira defender
Luiz Carlos midfielder Francisco Afonso defender
Christian midfielder Bruno Leite defender
Diaby midfielder Quiñones defender
Abbas Ibrahim midfielder Ricardo defender
Wagner forward Filipe Ferreira defender
Fatai forward Pedro Marques defender
Paul Ayongo forward Mateus midfielder
Uilton forward Rúben Micael midfielder
Douglas Tanque forward Rafael Assis midfielder
    André Sousa midfielder
    Welthon forward
    Hêndrio forward
    Bruno Moreira forward
    Raúl Almeida forward
    António Xavier forward
    Mabil forward
    Rabiola forward

Text: Marco Rebelo

Pics: Facebook P. Ferreira

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