In the central match of the 31st round of the Portuguese championship, Benfica and Porto will face each other. Who will be stronger in this confrontation?
Four rounds before the end of the championship, Benfica is unlikely to fall below third place, as it is 8 points ahead of the next Braga. But to finish the season on the second line is still realistic, for this you need to beat Porto in the reporting match, which has four points more. In the 27th round, Benfica unexpectedly lost at home to Gil Vicente (1-2), but quickly rallied and won three victories in a row, beating in turn "Portymonense" (5-1), "Santa Clara" (2-1) and "Tondela" (2-0).
Porto is also confident at the end of the season, continuing to claim the league title. However, the chances of a successful fight with each round remain less and less, because the gap from the leading "Sporting" has 6 points. And even in the round before last, the "dragons "themselves put a stick in the wheel, sharing points with" Moreirense " (1-1). Before that, Porto won 7 rounds in a row. If the blue-whites lose in the upcoming match, and Sporting win, then it will be the "lions" who will become the champions of Portugal.
Injuries and disqualifications:
- Almeida (knee injury), Araujo (injury) - Benfica. Marcano (muscle injury), Mbye (knee injury) - Porto.
Statistics and figures:
- Benfica have won their last three games;
- Porto are unbeaten in the Primeira Liga round of 24;
- In the first round match, Benfica and Porto played 1-1.
Benfica only need a win to maintain their chances of a final second place, while Porto need a win to continue their battle with Sporting for gold. I expect a large number of attacks, and from both sides, and this time I suggest paying attention to the statistical outcome: the total of corners is more than 8 for 1.60.