The Portuguese League Cup will take place in a rather unusual format. In the preliminary round, there are four four-groups, in which each team plays once against each other.
Only the group winner remains in the competition and reaches the semi-finals. While normally the final is played in neutral territory, the two semi-finals will be played on neutral ground. This year, the Estadio Municipal de Braga will host the two matches. In the first semi-final, there was the “O Clasico” between Benfica and Porto!
Benfica vs Porto Football Betting Tips
The League Cup is in the season 2018/19 a matter for the top teams. On Wednesday, hosts Sporting Braga and Sporting Lisbon face each other in the second semi-final. Accordingly, the top four teams in the league are still in the competition. Even if the League Cup is not the highest prestige, the coaches will think twice in “O Clasico” how much the rotary machine is started. After all, a lot of prestige is at stake in this duel. The bookmakers see in the match between Benfica and Porto Porto, according to odds the reigning champions and leaders from Porto at an advantage. The game starts on Tuesday at 20:45.
Benfica Lisbon – Statistics & Current Form
Recent months have left their mark on Benfica. It already started in the 2017/18 season, when the Red Eagles in the premier class had to sang silently and without a hue with zero points. The missed title defense in the domestic league meant the next setback for head coach Rui Vitoria. After no improvement was in sight in autumn 2018, the club’s management decided after three and a half years to a coach change. The former coach of the B-team, Bruno Lage, was then first confirmed as interim coach and then as head coach.
Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira described location as a desired solution in the club. After two opening victories as interim coach, he was then fixed the obligation. So far, the record reads immaculately even after four competitive matches. Bruno Lage led the Red Eagles back on track and celebrated as many victories in four games.
Despite five points behind in the table, Benfica Lisbon has not given up the dream of the club’s 37th championship title yet. However, it is also clear that the Red Eagles in the spring in the league no longer allowed to allow many point losses. In addition to the league, the two cup competitions for Benfica in spring are extremely important. Finally, in the League Cup against Porto as well as in the big cup competition against Sporting Lisbon explosive games are on the program.
The promotion of Bruno Lage will certainly give the many great talents even more playing time. Around Joao Felix (19 years old) Benfica has many more highly talented talents. This fresh wind certainly does not hurt.
Benfica Lisbon have cleaned the box three times in a row. The defensive has stabilized again significantly (in the league already 17 goals, in the previous season in the entire season only 22). An extremely important factor before the duel with the champion. Benfica “can” play again to zero. An important argument that underpins the tip on the under 2.5 in the match between Benfica and Porto!
Expected formation of Benfica Lisbon:
Svilar – Grimaldo, Conti, Jardel, Almeida – Salvio, Semedo, Gedson Fernandes, Rafa Silva – Seferovic, Joao Felix
Last matches of Benfica Lisbon:
- 18.01.2019 – Vitória Guimarães Vs. Benfica Lisbon 0: 1 (Primeira Liga)
- 15.01.2019 – Vitória Guimarães vs. Benfica Lisbon 0: 1 (Cup)
- 11.01.2019 – Santa Clara Vs. Benfica Lisbon 0: 2 (Primeira Liga)
- 06.01.2019 – Benfica vs. Lisbon. Rio Ave FC 4: 2 (Primeira League)
- 02.01.2019 – Portimonense Vs. Benfica 2: 0 (Primeira Liga)
Porto – Statistics & Current Form
Porto continues to march from success to success under Sergio Conceicao. The former player redeemed the many fans in the Estadio de Dragao and ended the title-less time. In an impressive way Porto was able to secure the 28th championship title in the club’s history in the previous year. Currently, there are many indications that the Conceicao team can confirm the title win from last season. Porto are leading the table after 18 of 34 league games and are five points ahead of Benfica. As the top teams in Portugal seldom fail, this lead of five points could already be decisive. In the last eleven league games, the reigning champion scored no less than 31 out of a possible 33 points.
Not only in the league it runs like clockwork, but also in the remaining competitions. In the premier class last year’s semi-finalist AS Roma is certainly not an overpowering opponent. In the big cup competition Porto meets in the semifinals on Braga and thus has the chance of the national triplet. However, first of all the arch-rival Benfica Lisbon has to be defeated. Sergio Conceicao will continue to miss top striker Vincent Aboubakar (cruciate ligament injury). With Maxi and Danilo Pereira as well as Otavio, three more important players fall out. Porto has meanwhile again a squad to show that can compensate for these failures.
With only eleven goals conceded in the domestic league (only five in third place) Porto has the best defensive of the league. Although both Porto and Benfica Lisbon are always good for a goal, but due to the importance of a knockout duel two waiting teams are expected. Owing to the current form, Porto is not only the favorite against Benfica Lisbon, according to odds, but basically easy to see the advantage.
Expected formation of Porto:
Fabiano – Jorge, Mbemba, Pepe, Militao – Fernando, Herrera, Torres, Corona – Tiquinho Soares, Marega
Last matches of Porto:
- 18.01.2019 – DG Chaves vs. Porto 1: 4 (Primeira League)
- 1/15/2019 – Leixoes Matosinhos vs. Porto 1: 2 (Cup)
- 12.01.2019 – Sporting Lisbon Vs. Porto 0: 0 (Primeira League)
- 07.01.2019 – Porto vs.. Nacional Funchal 3: 1 (Primeira Liga)
- 03.01.2019 – Desportivo Aves Vs. Porto 0: 1 (Primeira League)
Benfica vs Porto Direct Comparison
Benfica and Porto are the two most successful teams in Portugal and have played many great, exciting and intense games against each other. For decades these two teams – together with Sporting – dominate the national competitions and normally act on equal terms. As a result, clear results in this O Clasico are an absolute rarity. In eight of the last nine competitive games between Benfica and Porto, the tips to the Under 2.5 was crowned with success.
Benfica vs Porto Football Tips & Prediction
The Portuguese Cup competitions are clearly in the hands of the top four teams this season. In both competitions, only the top four of the league are represented. In the League Cup, the semi-finals will take place at neutral place and so at Benfica Lisbon against Porto, the prediction is difficult to 1 × 2, because there is no home advantage. Porto is the non-plus ultra in Portuguese football in recent months and therefore certainly rightly slightly in the advantage.
Key facts – Benfica vs Porto tips
Under Neo-coach Bruno Lage Benfica Lisbon celebrated four wins in four games – finally three times to zero!
Eight of the last nine competitive games ended with a sub-2.5!
In the league Porto collected 31 points in the last eleven games!
However, the Red Eagles from Lisbon certainly have the quality not only to annoy the favorite, but even to conquer. In the three-way market, a firm prediction is not to make. This pendulum can turn in any direction and bets are not recommended. However, eight out of the last nine competitive games between Benfica and Porto ended with a successful tip to under 2.5! Both teams know the opposing strengths well and try to minimize the risk. An offensive spectacle can not be expected and accordingly betting on the under 2.5 with a bet of 5 units at odds of 1.70 is recommended!
Insider Tips: Under 2.5 goals
Insider Tips: Porto