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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!
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 19:45.
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.
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.
Benfica vs FC Porto head to head matches
07.10.18 PL Benfica FC Porto 1 : 0
15.04.18 PL Benfica FC Porto 0 : 1
01.12.17 PL FC Porto Benfica 0 : 0
01.04.17 PL Benfica FC Porto 1 : 1
06.11.16 PL FC Porto Benfica 1 : 1