Benfica did a good job in their last match on the road against Tondela when they recorded a routine 0:2 victory.
The Eagles opened the match more aggressively, taking the double lead with goals over Pizzi in the 12th and Everton in the 19th minute. Logically, they opted for a less risky approach in the second and kept their advantage till the end without any major difficulties.
Benfica holds 3rd spot in the general rankings, being only four points in deficit compared to their opponents in the upcoming match.
The hosts miss miss right-backs Almeida (4/0), Ferreira (2/0), and defensive midfielder Samaris (6/0). Out should also be offensive midfielder Taarabt (23/0) and forward Nunez (25/6) set as doubtful for now.
Porto will definitely have to keep their focus till the end of the season, as their Champions League-leading 2nd spot can easily be taken by previously mentioned Benfica.
They performed, more or less, all right in their last home encounter against underdogs from Famalicao, as they recorded a 3:2 victory.
Even though the result isn’t saying so, the hosts had control over this clash, being in a 3:1 lead after seventy-five minutes of play, conceding another one late in the 90th minute, so their victory wasn’t under a serious threat in this clash.
They will miss injured goalkeeper Mbaye (no performance anyway), plus midfielder Corona (30/2) who is probably failing to recover fully on time for this one.
Benfica vs Porto H2H
15.01.21 FC Porto vs Benfica 1 : 1
23.12.20 FC Porto vs Benfica 2 : 0
01.08.20 Benfica vs FC Porto 1 : 2
08.02.20 FC Porto vs Benfica 3 : 2
The battle continues
Surely, an interesting battle for that 2nd spot is ahead of us in matches to come, as both sides simply don’t have a luxury of a setback, especially Benfica that can’t afford to lose here. It is difficult to say who will win or lose in this one, but when the two most effective squads in this season collide, it’s difficult to see a passive game.