Kick-off: 2100, 15/01/2021
Stadium: Estadio Do Dragao
Porto and Benfica are both playing catch-up behind Sporting in Portugal’s Primeira Liga this season but the Dragons can put pressure on the leaders here.
Sergio Conceicao’s side beat Benfica three times last term, twice in the league on route to a title triumph and in August’s cup final on neutral territory.
An outstanding record at Estadio Do Dragao adds to the appeal and 11/10 for a home win is our first Porto vs Benfica prediction.
A Look At FC Porto’s Betting Odds
Porto powered to a 4-1 win away to bottom club Famalicao in their last game in this competition, with Mehdi Taremi bagging a brace.
The Iran forward took a while to settle in after joining in the summer, following an impressive stint with Rio Ave.
However, he has hit top form and an extra-time strike in Tuesday’s cup win at Nacional made it six goals in as many matches.
Mali international Moussa Marega is another proven performer up front, while penalty taker Sergio Oliveira has done well from midfield.
Porto won 15 of 17 home games when topping the table last term and are currently six from seven this season on domestic duty.
In the Champions League, the Dragons comfortably accounted for Olympiacos and Marseille both at home and away and drew with Manchester City here to advance alongside the Blues.
Mexico winger Jesus Corona is another player to watch out and we like 12/5 for a home win and both teams to score from the Porto vs Benfica odds.
A Look At Benfica’s Betting Odds
Benfica are only below Porto on goal difference, with both teams four points adrift of Sporting after 13 rounds of fixtures.
The Eagles enjoyed a smooth 4-0 cup success at Estrela da Amadora in midweek and have a couple of solid strikers in Haris Seferovic and Luca Waldschmidt.
Summer signing Darwin Nunez, already a Uruguay international at 21, has shown glimpses of his potential, while Brazilian midfielder Everton was another interesting buy.
Veteran defender Jan Vertonghen has bolstered the back four since arriving from Tottenham and highly-rated left-back Alejandro Grimaldo has been linked with a move in the opposite direction to Spurs.
On paper, this is a well-balanced outfit, but there have been a few hiccups over the winter months.
Boavista and Braga beat Benfica in November, Santa Clara took a point off them recently and they also had to share the spoils in Europa League games against Rangers (twice) and Standard Liege.
Club president Luis Filipe Vieira went all out to lure Jorge Jesus back from a successful stint with Flamenco but things are not going as smoothly as his first trophy-laden spell in charge.
Nicolas Otamendi is proving a significant downgrade on Ruben Dias after coming in as part of a deal with Manchester City.
We’re going for a home win by 2-1, 3-1 or 4-1 at 4/1 from the multiple correct score market to finish off our Porto vs Benfica betting tips.
Last Primeira Liga result:
Famalicao 1-4 PORTO – Mehdi Taremi (2), Sergio Oliveira (pen), Joao Mario
BENFICA 2-0 Tondela – Haris Seferovic, Luca Waldschmidt
Head-to-head: Benfica 1-2 Porto, Porto 3-2 Benfica, Benfica 0-2 Porto, Porto 1-2 Benfica, Benfica 1-3 Porto, Benfica 1-0 Porto
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