Portugal's Primeira Liga restarts tonight but what’s at stake

Portugal's Primeira Liga restarts tonight but what’s at stake

The Portuguese Primeira Liga will be the second of Europe's top leagues to resume after the German Bundesliga 18 days ago.

While the Bundesliga is Bayern Munich's to lose, Portugal’s is a tight affair with only a point separating the top two, in fierce rivals Porto and Benfica with ten games left to play.

Porto travels to face mid-table Famalicão on Wednesday but will be without Japanese international Shoya Nakajima who decided to train at home with his wife suffering from health problems.

The disagreements

Ahead of the resumption, there have been disagreements over the number of substitutions teams can use in games, the location of two sides' home games at a neutral base in the capital and whether matches should be aired on free-to-air television.  

Despite health authorities calling for games to be staged 'in the fewest number of stadiums as possible', 16 of the 18 teams will use their home ground.

Just as in the Bundesliga, action will be behind closed doors with the substitutes spread out on the touchline, while managers and backroom staff will be encouraged to wear face masks as regularly as possible.

All players have been tested this week before being cleared to play, with four teams having had at least one positive COVID-19 test since training resumed at the beginning of May. 

Benfica forward Carlos Vinicius and central midfielder Pizzi is the league's top-two goalscorers, on 15 goals and 14 goals respectively, whilst Porto's top scorer, Chelsea target Alex Telles, is on eight goals. 

With the top-two, and therefore Champions League qualification, all but secured, a battle is also brewing below them for Europa League places, currently occupied by Braga, Sporting Lisbon and Rio Ave.

However, Vitória de Guimarães and Famalicão are just a point outside potential European football next season and that coveted fifth spot.


Wednesday, June 3

  • Portimonense vs Gil Vicente
  • Famalicao vs Porto

Thursday, June 4

  • Maritimo vs Vitoria FC
  • Benfica vs Tondela
  • Vitoria SC vs Sporting Lisbon

Friday, June 5

  • Santa Clara vs Braga
  • Aves vs Belenenses

Saturday, June 6

  • Boavista vs Moreirense

Sunday, June 7

  • Rio Ave vs Pacos Ferreira
  • Portugal - Next Match
  • 4, Jun - 7:30pm
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