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Porto meet visiting side Benfica at Estádio do Dragão in this Primeira Liga match on Friday.
View all Porto v Benfica tips, stats and our pre-match poll below - plus the latest betting odds.
Porto fans will want a repeat of their previous result, being a 1-4 Primeira Liga success versus Famalicão.
In that match, Porto had 57% possession and 9 shots on goal with 5 on target. For Porto, goals were scored by Mehdi Taremi (13', 58') and Sérgio Oliveira (32'). For their opponents, Famalicão got 8 shots on goal with 3 of them on target. Jhonata Robert (20') scored for Famalicão.
Porto have been offensively very strong recently, hitting 18 goals past the opposition during the course of the previous 6 matches. In those meetings, Dragões have also seen the aggregate sum of goals scored against them total 6.
Analysis of their past results shows that Porto:
- haven't been beaten in the league by Benfica in their last 2 matches.
- have not been beaten in their last 5 league matches at home.
Benfica go into this game following on from a 2-0 Primeira Liga win in the defeat of Tondela in their last match.
In that match, Benfica managed 66% possession and 21 attempts at goal with 5 on target. For Benfica, goals were scored by Haris Seferović (56') and Luca Waldschmidt (90'). Tondela had 3 attempts at goal with 2 on target.
Over the course of their previous 6 outings, Benfica have amassed a tally of 11 goals. Benfica have also not failed to score in every single one of those games. During that period, their defenders have seen 5 goals scored by their opponents. Let’s see if that trend will end up being sustained in this game.
Heading into this fixture, Benfica have not been beaten in their last 3 away league matches.
Head to head
Checking on their prior head-to-head meetings going back to 01/12/2017 tells us that Porto have won 3 of these games & Benfica 2, with the tally of drawn matches standing at 1.
In all, 12 goals were scored between them in this period, with 7 of them for Dragões and 5 for Benfica. That’s an average goals per game figure of 2.
The last league clash featuring the two was Primeira Liga match day 20 on 08/02/2020 and the score finished Porto 3-2 Benfica.
In that match, Porto had 44% possession and 15 shots on goal with 4 on target. Goals were scored by Sérgio Oliveira (10') and Alex Telles (38').
Benfica got 6 attempts on goal with 3 on target. Carlos Vinícius (18', 50') and Rúben Dias (44' Own goal) scored.
The referee was Artur Soares Dias.
Team News: Porto
Carraça (Corona virus), Otávio (Corona virus), Iván Marcano (Cruciate Ligament Rupture), Mouhamed Mbaye (Cruciate Ligament Rupture), Wilson Manafá (Corona virus), Cláudio Ramos (Corona virus) and Fábio Vieira (Corona virus) will not be able to play for Porto gaffer Sérgio Conceição.
Team News: Benfica
Due to a mostly healthy squad, there’s just the one fitness problem for the Benfica boss Jorge Jesus to be concerned about. André Almeida (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) misses out for this game.
We’re of the view that Benfica and Porto could well cancel each other out, with goals at a real premium.
That’s why our selection here is for a very close game with a 0-0 score at the end of the 90.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Estádio do Dragão (50,033)
Captain: Képler Pepe
Chairman: Jorge Pinto da Costa
Manager: Sérgio Conceição
Competitions: Primeira Liga position 2, Champions League (Last 16)
🔑 Key Man: Moussa Marega
Customarily deployed in the Striker position, Moussa Marega was born in Les Ulis, France. After making a first senior appearance for Marítimo in the 2014 - 2015 season, the dangerous Forward has managed 5 league goals in the Primeira Liga 2020 - 2021 season to date from a total of 13 appearances.