Tip Porto - Benfica Lisbon
A colossal clash in Liga Nos this weekend sees Portuguese giants collide when Porto welcome Benfica to the Estádio Do Dragão on Friday. The two clubs are level on 31 points after 13 games with Porto in second ahead of third-placed Benfica thanks to a superior goal difference. The pair is behind another traditional power in Sporting Lisbon, who leads the league by four points. Despite their standing in the table, Porto are in fantastic form, arguably the best in the country. They are unbeaten in 16 matches - 15 of which were wins - in all competitions, a run that includes several Champions League games. The reigning Liga Nos champions come into this match on the back of a ten-game win streak that includes a victory over their opponents. Porto outclassed Benfica when they met in the Super Cup in December, winning 2-0. It was the fourth successive occasion that Porto won a meeting with Benfica.
Benfica are unbeaten in four matches, winning three, a run that began after that Super Cup loss to Porto. They have won four of their six away matches in the league this season, whereas Porto won six of their previous seven home games in the league. Despite their lofty league position, this Benfica side is widely deemed a downgrade on past teams fielded by the giant club. Jorge Jesus struggles to get his players to perform on the road, only winning three of their last seven away matches in all competitions. We foresee another Porto win.
Key points Porto - Benfica Lisbon
Porto won 15 of their last 16 home games in all competitions.
Benfica failed to win four of their previous seven away matches in all competitions.
Porto won their last four meetings with Benfica.
Conclusion Porto - Benfica Lisbon
Jesus is a smart coach who may draw upon recent defeats to Porto to build an effective gameplan to counter their strengths and exploit their weaknesses. However, it doesn't seem as though he has the personnel capable of pulling off such a stunt. Back a Porto win.
Porto Benfica Lisbon Prediction published on January 13, 2021