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
|Carlos Henriques||goalkeeper||Rafael Defendi||goalkeeper|
|Ricardo Ribeiro||goalkeeper||João Pinho||goalkeeper|
|Júnior Pius||defender||Mário Felgueiras||goalkeeper|
|Marcos Valente||defender||João Góis||defender|
|Luiz Carlos||midfielder||Francisco Afonso||defender|
|Douglas Tanque||forward||Rafael Assis||midfielder|
Text: Marco Rebelo
Pics: Facebook P. Ferreira