Porto vs Benfica: Big game, this Friday, on Liga NOS…
The derby between FC Porto and SL Benfica is the match that, year after year, everyone wants to see. In this case, the match will have even more attractions than just the usual rivalry.
FC Porto is in first place on Liga NOS, but only with a 3-point advantage over Benfica.
The environment surrounding both teams is also very close to assuming its highest levels of combustion. The derby was never as hot as this season’s one.
For FC Porto, this is a match of enormous mental demand. On a week where they will also decide whether they advance on the Champions League, Sérgio Conceição’s team can’t give up first place.
At Vila das Aves they have dropped 2 points, on a match where we saw a drop on their attacking productivity, and that has exposed them to their chasers. In fact, when the match begins, they could already be, provisionally, in 2nd place.
For the Eagles, this match doesn’t sound that decisive, even because, at this stage of the league, Benfica doesn’t have that much to lose.
Despite a feeling of a results crisis, Benfica is just 3 points away from first place, aware that they can take advantage of this resurgence to surprise the Dragons.
Porto vs Benfica – Betting Tip and Prediction:
Both teams should start with 3 midfielders’ formations, with Benfica presenting, at the moment, better conditions to have creative solutions on the central corridor.
FC Porto’s option has been, especially, opting for a more physical version as a way to overcome the difficulties imposed by some of their opponents.
With more solutions available on their roster (Marega, Soares and Otávio are available after injury, while Corona is still suspended), FC Porto might take the initiative in this match.
Benfica will try to face the less responsibility as an opportunity to score and mess with their rivals’ favouritism.
|Both teams to score||