Where: Estadio Municipal de Aveiro, Aveiro, PortugalWhen: Wednesday, August 9, 9:45 PM CET
The two of the most successful teams in Portugal clash in the Super Cup. Benfica enters this event as the reigning champion, while on the other hand, Porto won the Portuguese Cup. Both teams aim to win the trophy here, but not solely due to silverware. The winner would set up a tone before the start of the campaign and also, gain a slight mental edge over the big rival.
Benfica vs. Porto Preview
The Eagles had a very good season, and we can say that if it weren’t for a terrible first half of their UEFA Champions League meeting against Inter at home, it would be even better. Benfica won the championship more or less easily, and earned plenty of money from Enzo Fernandez’s transfer, continuing their perfect business policy.
Now, they had a few more departures this summer, like Seferovic’s and Weigl’s, but on the other side, the club legend, Angel Di Maria came back to the place where he became worldwide known. Orkun Kokcu came from Feyenoord, and he might be the next big thing for the hosts.
The Eagles finished the preseason period with two losses to Burnley 0-2, and Feyenoord, 2-1, spoiling a four-game winning streak prior to this one during whom they beat Celta, Al-Nassr, Basel, and Southampton.
The Dragons also lost to Inter in the Champions League, and they didn’t have a shred of luck in that matchup. The Italians have progressed to the next phase, undeservingly, we can say.
They didn’t have a dynamic transfer window like they usually do, landing Nico Gonzales from Barca and Fran Navaro from Gil Vicente. None of the crucial players left Dragao, and the backbone of the unit is preserved.
Porto had four tests during July, and that was all from their preseason. They were better than Portimonense and Cardiff, lost to Wolves and had a tie against Rayo Vallecano. Three of four of these events were with under 2.5 goals.
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Benfica and Porto Possible Lineups
Benfica: Vlachodimos; Bah, Morato, Antonio Silva, Jurasek; Florentino, Kokcu; Di Maria, Joao Mario, Rafa Silva; Ramos
Porto: Costa, Carmo, Cardoso, Wendell, Carraca, Grujic, Baro, Otavio, Franco, Martinez, Evanilson
Benfica versus Porto Head to Head
Last year Benfica and Porto met twice, and on both occasions, the guests were victorious. Benfica was better at Dragao, having won 0-1, while Porto triumphed at La Luz, 1-2.
Benfica vs. Porto Predictions
The game won’t see too many goals because Porto likes to slow down the rhythm and pace. None of the teams would want to concede an early goal, and both sides will be cautious in the opening 45 minutes, thus decreasing the overall efficiency of the clash.
Our verdict: Under 2.5 goals.
Benfica vs. Porto Odds
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