Benfica vs FC Porto Predictions

Benfica vs Porto predictions for Friday’s title affair in Portugal’s Primeira Liga. Both teams have made a solid start to their campaign, but who can make a massive title statement in Lisbon on Friday night? Read on for our free Primeira Liga predictions and betting tips.

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Benfica vs FC Porto Predictions


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The Primeira Liga Showdown: Benfica’s Redemption Quest against Resilient Porto

Key Stats
– Benfica boast an impressive 2.7 goals-per-match average this season.
– Porto remain unbeaten in the league, with most of their wins coming with a single-goal margin.
– Rafa Silva and Angel Di Maria remain Benfica’s standout players with average ratings of 8.05 and 7.98, respectively.

The vibrant atmosphere of the Estádio da Luz is set to ignite as Benfica prepare to host Porto, their fiercest rivals, in what promises to be another thrilling edition of O Classico. With both teams holding top positions in the Primeira Liga, this showdown has more at stake than mere bragging rights.

The Tale of the Hosts: Benfica’s Road to Retention

Under the guidance of Roger Schmidt, Benfica have their eyes on retaining the Primeira Liga title after clinching their 38th trophy last season. Their journey, however, hasn’t been without hurdles. After a shaky start with a surprising 3-2 defeat at Boavista’s hands, Benfica have since made an astounding comeback. A series of consecutive wins against formidable teams like Estrela Amadora, Gil Vicente, and Vitoria de Guimaraes showcased the team’s resilience. Notable performances included Angel Di Maria, Orkun Kokcu, and Fredrik Aursnes, each securing vital goals to ensure their victories.


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However, their Champions League journey took a bitter turn with a 2-0 defeat to Red Bull Salzburg, compounded by Antonio Silva’s early red card. But their domestic form hasn’t wavered, and the recent 3-1 triumph against Portimonense exemplified their determined spirit. With this momentum, Benfica are poised to give Porto a fierce challenge.

Porto: In Pursuit of Redemption

The visitors, Porto, led by Sergio Conceicao, have embarked on their league campaign with unwavering determination. Despite an early setback against Benfica in the Supertaca, Porto quickly bounced back with a series of impressive wins and stands joint-top of the table. Their only draw came against Arouca, but timely goals by Evanilson and Mehdi Taremi in subsequent matches have kept them in the title race. Their European journey also looks promising with a 3-1 win over Shakhtar Donetsk.

Star Players on Display

Benfica’s top-performing stars this season include Rafa Silva, Angel Di Maria, and Orkun Kökçü. On the other hand, Porto boast talents like Iván Jaime and Wendell.

Injury concerns persist for both sides. Angel Di Maria’s recent absence might see David Neres continue in his position. While Petar Musa’s injury is a concern, the striker’s form suggests he’ll be pivotal if fit. Meanwhile, Porto’s defensive line might be without Zaidu Sanusi and Ivan Marcano.


1. Match Outcome: Draw When it comes to the overall team performance, both Benfica and Porto have showcased stellar campaigns so far. While Porto possess an unbeaten streak, Benfica’s recent turnaround after their initial slip makes them formidable contenders. Also, the heated rivalry of the O Classico historically sees closely contested affairs. These factors point towards a potential stalemate. Although each outcome in football carries its risks, given the balance of play and the stakes at hand, a draw appears to be a justified prediction for this showdown.

2. Correct Score: 2-2 Taking a closer look at the firepower both teams possess, a high-scoring match is on the cards. Benfica have been quite prolific, as showcased by their average of 2.7 goals scored per match. Porto, while known for their tighter scorelines, have players capable of breaking the deadlock. Given the attacking prowess of both sides and the significance of the match, a 2-2 scoreline stands out. It’s a result that would reflect both teams’ attacking intent, coupled with the unavoidable defensive lapses that high-stakes matches often witness.

3. Goalscorer Prediction: Rafa Silva Among the list of potential goalscorers, Rafa Silva of Benfica is in exceptional form. With an impressive average rating of 8.05 and 3 goals already in this campaign, his goal threat is undeniable. The midfielder’s recent performances and critical contributions in big matches make him a standout candidate to find the back of the net. Additionally, given the fluidity of Benfica’s play, Silva is likely to get opportunities to score or at least be in positions where he can challenge Porto’s defence.

4. Corner Prediction: Benfica to have more corners; Total Corners: Over 10.5 Analytical data reveals that Benfica, on average, win 5.8 corners per match. Their playing style, which involves quick wingers and considerable ball possession, often results in several corner situations. On the other hand, Porto, being a side that knows how to absorb pressure and strike on the counter, might concede more corners than they win. Combining the statistics of both teams, it’s conceivable to predict over 10.5 corners in total for the match. Given the attacking nature of both sides and the chances they’re expected to create, this prediction is underpinned by the data at hand.


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