The Portuguese Priemera returned with a bang this weekend with a few movements happening across the table in what was the fifth gameweek of the compeition. Title favorites Sporting CP and FC Porto went head to head inside the José Alvalade Stadium and it proved to be a classic with both sides sharing the spoils in one-all encounter.
Their other counterparts in the title race, Benfica, capitalized on the points dropped by the two sides to stretch their lead atop the table, registering a 5-0 win over Santa Clara. Estoril have made waves so far and continued their fine form by securing a 2-1 away win over Tondela.
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As indicated earlier, Benfica have established an early lead after managing a perfect score in the five games played so far. The Eagles have established a two-point lead, with Estoril being their closest competitors. Porto and Sporting sit in third and fourth place respectively with 11 points apiece while Boavista completes the top five with eight points.
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Sarabia addresses decision to move to Sporting CP on loan: Paris Saint-Germain striker Pablo has revealed his reason for securing a loan move to Sporting CP this summer. The Argentine was the only player to be transfer out of the Ligue 1 club, sealing a quick-fire season-long move to the Primiera Liga outfit on deadline day. According to the attacker, the reason for his transfer was to secure enough playing time as he anticipated that his chances of featuring for the former French champions will be limited with the arrival of Lionel Messi and co.
Benfica's Darwin on Bayern Munich's radar: Bayern are reportedly keeping tabs on Benfica's Darwin Nunez and could be plotting a move for the young striker next summer, reports from Portugal have revealed. The 22-year-old forward is reportedly on the radar of Bayer Leverkusen as well as a number clubs in the English Premier League.
Top matches to watch in La Liga on September 17-20, 2021
FC Porto vs Moreirense: Porto will look to build on the weekend's draw with Sporting CP when they host Moreirense this weekend. The Dragons are unbeaten against their opponents in their last 10 meetings, winning seven games and drawing the remaining three.
Estoril Praia vs Sporting CP: Sporting CP travel to Estoril with the hope to bounce back from the draw from their previous game. The Lions were held to a disappointing 1-1 draw against 10-man FC Porto this weekend. On the contrary, the opponent they come up against have had bright start to the season, picking up four wins and a draw from the five games they have featured in thus far.
SL Benfica vs Boavista: Leaders Benfica will host Boavista in Lisbon as they set their sight on a sixth successive win in the Primiera. The Eagles are the only side to have managed five wins out of five since the league kicked off this season.
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