Benfica are looking to put the pressure on Porto in the battle for the direct UEFA Champions League qualification. A win in “O Classico” would bring the Eagles just one point behind their arch-rivals in second place.
Neither Benfica nor Porto can be happy with the campaign they’ve had in the 2020/21 season. We’ve used to watch them battling it out for the title, but this particular O Classico will rather impact the second-place finish rather than the top of the standings.
However, both teams have significantly improved their form in the last couple of months and we should be in for a thrilling afternoon of football when they come across each other in Lisbon.
Porto are in a much better position going into the tie. They have a four-point advantage on Benfica, meaning they would stay above them even with a defeat u O Classico.
Benfica’s ambitions of making it to the top-two at the end of the season suffered a huge blow a couple of weeks ago when the Eagles fell 1-2 at home to Gil Vicente. They rebounded with three straight wins, though, netting nine goals in the process.
Pizzi and Everton were on the scoreline in a 0-2 win at Tondela on Friday. Besides this duo, Porto’s defense will need to keep an eye on Haris Seferovic who has scored 18 goals so far in the season.
Porto have a predator of their own in the like of Mehdi Taremi who took his league tally to 13 goals by converting the penalty in the weekend’s 3-2 victory over Famalicao.
Benfica vs Porto Head-to-head
Porto have been much more successful in the most recent history of O Classico. They won four and drew one of the last five meetings with Benfica.
The two sides shared spoils in a 1-1 draw when they last met each other, in mid-January this year.
Both teams scored in three of the last four head to head outings.
Benfica vs Porto Prediction
We don’t see much joy in backing the hosts at the 2.30 odds here. After all, they have lost four and drawn one of the last five O Classicos.
Moving forward, they will be playing an in-form Porto side who have won five and drawn one of the last six outings across competitions. The run includes a 0-1 victory over Chelsea in the reverse fixture of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal at the Stamford Bridge.
Sergio Conceicao knows how to prepare Porto for big matches. He proved it against Juventus in the last 16 round of the Champions League. This is why we will rather back the draw at the 3.30 odds.
The alternative bet would be Both Teams To Score at the 1.70 odds as both sides have a strong firepower on display in the final third and we would be surprised to see either failing to find the back of the net on the occasion.
Benfica vs Porto Betting Tips
Draw @ 3.30 odd
Both Teams To Score @ 1.70 odd.
Match Info: Benfica vs Porto
Portuguese Primeira Liga, Thursday, 6 May 2021
Kick-off 18:30 UK/ 19:30 CET
Venue: Estadio da Luz.