FC Porto vs Benfica / Liga NOS – Match between two most successful Portuguese clubs is naturally the most interesting event in this round where fact that they occupy first two positions in the table gives an additional charm. At one point it seemed that Porto is steadily marching toward defence of the title but then came series of not so good results, while on the other side Benfica had a successful period and now the difference between them is just one point. Benfica won their head-to-head played in the first part of season by 1-0.
FC Porto vs Benfica begins 02.03.2019 at 21:30 CET
Porto had a quite good situation in regard to the title race. At that point it had nice five-point advantage over Benfica and it planned to keep it till this match when it wanted to resolve all dilemmas with the victory. However, the play was spoiled by two unplanned away draws with Guimaraes and Moreirense, and right now Porto has just one point more than its closest rival. Because of that they are under higher pressure than the team from Lisbon. Porto routinely won in two previous rounds with a clean sheet. Forward Aboubakar is the only one who is out of action due to injury.
Probable lineups FC Porto: Casillas – Militao, Pepe, Felipe, Telles – D. Perreira, O. Torres, Herrera – Corona, Brahimi, Soares
At the beginning of 2019 Benfica lost away to Portimonense when it seemed that has dropped out from the race for the title. After that they have to win one match after another and wait for Porto’s mistakes, which is what has happened in the meantime. Benfica won eight league matches in a row and the winning streak is still ongoing, while Porto drew two matches and now has just one point more. This is a chance for Benfica and now it should materialise the psychological advantage over Porto. Benfica won three previous matches with a clean sheet and scored even 17 goals. Stoppers Jardel and Conti are injured, and Fejse and Salivia will not play as well.
Probable lineups Benfica: Vlachodimos – Almeida, Samaris, Dias, Grimaldo – Gabriel, Pizzi, Rafa Silva, G. Fernandes – J. Felix – Seferovic
FC Porto vs Benfica PICK
Porto has dropped a large part of its advantage but it still has one point more and will enjoy the home-field advantage. Benfica got its chance, however, it is questionable does it have strength to win Porto. Perhaps it can pull a draw but not more than that.
Pick: Asian handicap 0 Porto
Odds: 1.67 at bethard (down to 1.57 can be played)
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