Porto will look to stay in the Primeira Liga title hunt when they travel to arch-rivals Benfica on Thursday at 6:30pm (UK time).
The Dragons currently sit second in the table, six points behind unbeaten leaders Sporting CP and four ahead of their hosts for this match.
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Where to watch Benfica vs Porto on TV:
- UK: Benfica TV International
- US: GolTV
Scoreline prediction: Benfica 1-1 Porto
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Benfica vs Porto build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
Although Benfica have lost just one of their last 14 Primeira Liga matches, they’ve drawn three times during that run. That, coupled with the consistency of their fiercest rivals above them, means Jorge Jesus’ side are already out of the title race in all but mathematical certainty. Fans will be extremely conflicted heading into this one, keen to get one over on Porto but aware that a victory here will effectively hand the title to their Lisbon rivals for the first time since 2002.
Porto haven’t lost a single league match since October but have fallen to some disappointing draws since then, including against Sporting back in February. With the league leaders maintaining an unbeaten record and failing to blink so far, Sergio Conceicao’s men have been unable to land a glove on them in the title race. Defeat for Porto to Benfica here will likely be the final nail in the coffin of their title retention hopes.
- Benfica (vs Tondela): Leite; Gilberto, Verissimo, Vertonghen, Grimaldo; Silva, Pizzi, Pires, Everton; Waldschmidt, Seferovic.
- Porto (vs Famalicao): Marchesin; Corona*, Mbemba, Leite, Manafa; Conceicao, Uribe, Grujic, Otavio; Martinez, Taremi.
Andre Almeida has missed most of the season with a cruciate ligament rupture and he remains out of action, while Andreas Samaris, Joao Ferreira and Adel Taarabt are also out of contention for the hosts. Darwin Nunez is a doubt.
Back-up goalkeeper Mouhamed Mbaye remains sidelined for Porto, while Jesus Corona is also a doubt.
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Players to watch:
- Benfica: Haris Seferovic provided the assist for Alex Grimaldo’s opening goal in a 1-1 draw the last time these two sides met back in January but since then, it’s been him leading the charge in the 18-yard-box. Seferovic has been scoring braces for fun in league play recently, extending his total to 18 goals in 27 appearances, only 20 of which have come from the start. The Switzerland international is now one clear of Sporting’s Pedro Goncalves in the Golden Boot race and he’ll be looking to keep his rival at arm’s length with another goal here.
- Porto: Veteran centre-back Pepe will be the man tasked with stopping Seferovic. He might be 38 years old, but the former Real Madrid man has still been a colossus at the back for Porto, averaging more clearances (3.1) and aerial duels won (2.7) per 90 minutes than any teammate with more than 950 minutes to their name. Of course, it should come as no surprise that Pepe has also picked up five yellow cards in 23 Primeira Liga appearances, a total that actually seems quite modest by his standards. But it’s his famously robust approach that stands the best chance of keeping Seferovic at bay on Thursday.
Primeira Liga 2020/21 recent form:
- Benfica: WWWLW
- Porto: WDWWW
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