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Porto vs Benfica Predictions & Tips - Benfica can break Porto dominance
- Porto vs Benfica predictions for Friday’s Primeira Liga match
- Match is being played at 21:00 GMT at the Estadio Do Dragao
- Benfica are unbeaten in 29 of their last 32 away matches
- I’m backing Porto and Benfica to share the spoils
- Full match preview and predictions
Benfica are unbeaten in 29 of their last 32 away league fixtures (Getty images)
Porto vs Benfica Predictions
This will be a titanic battle between the giants of Portugal. Neither team will give an inch but there should be goals in the match. I’m backing the match to see over 2.5 goals and end in a draw.
- Porto have seen over 2.5 goals in 7 of their last 9 matches (all competitions).
- Porto have won 11 of their last 12 home matches (Primeira Liga).
- Benfica have scored 2+ goals in 14 of their last 16 matches (Primeira Liga).
- Benfica are undefeated in 29 of their last 32 away matches (Primeira Liga).
Head to Head
Porto lead 34-16 in 64 matches against Benfica along with 14 draws.
Porto have won their last four matches against Benfica, including a 2-0 home win in their last outing just before Christmas last year.
Porto are under a bit of pressure in second place in the Primeira League. They are four points off Sporting at the top of the table, and level with Benfica in third place.
Recently Porto have however been in top form. They have won their last 10 matches in all competitions, although that includes a 4-2 win in extra time over Nacional in their last match.
Luis Diaz and Evanilson scored in 90 minutes to secure a 2-2 draw before Sergio Oliveira and Mehdi Taremi scored in extra time.
Preceding the cup match, Porto defeated Vitoria Guimaraes 3-2 away, Moreirense 3-0 at home and Famalicao 4-1 away.
Porto Injuries & Team News
Wilson Manafa, Claudio Ramos and Carraca are all out of this match with COVID-19. The only player expected to start was Manafa. Nanu is likely to take his place at right-back.
Benfica are level on points (31) with Porto on the league table which makes this a crucial match. Benfica come into this match in decent form, having not lost since going down 2-0 to Porto in the Super Cup five matches ago.
Since then Benfica have beaten Portimonense 2-1 at home, drawn 1-1 at Santa Clara and defeated Tondela 2-0 at home.
In their last match, Benfica thrashed Estrela 4-0 in the Taca de Portugal. Francisco Chiquinho scored a brace while Haris Seferovic and Luca Waldschmidt added the other two.
Benfica do not have a good recent record against Porto and will likely sit back and wait to counter. They will certainly be happy leaving with a point.
Benfica Injuries & Team News
Jorge Jesus will make plenty of changes to his side after resting most first choice players in their cup match.
In a big boost for Benfica ahead of this match, Pizzi makes his return and should partner Weigl in central midfield.
Gabriel Pires is still a doubt as he continues to recover from COVID-19.
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This should be an entertaining fixture with plenty goalmouth action. I'm backing Benfica to hold Porto to a draw.
Best Bet: Over 2.5 Goals Total Goals @-138.89 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Value Bet: Draw Full Time Result @260.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units
Correct Score Tip: 2-2 Draw Correct Score @1200.0 at Borgata Sports - 1 Unit