On August 1, at 20:45, Benfica and FC Porto play in Coimbra in the final of the Portuguese Cup, where the best teams of this season will meet. The FC Porto champion is also the favorite in the Cup, where she has 2.42 to win in regular time. It’s natural to bet on favorites! Taarabt and Grimaldo are uncertain from the hosts, and Marcano, Diaz and Uribe do not play from the guests.
Before the pandemic, Benfica were in a favorable position to win the title, but the season after the break started very poorly and lost important ground. Instead, the “dragons” saw their game and did not make wrong steps, managing to secure their 1st place. In the last matches, Porto made a show with Belenenses (5-0), Tondela (3-1), Sporting (2-0) and Moreirense (6-1). In the last stage, the white-blues lost to Braga, score 1-2, in a match without stake.
Benfica has recovered at the end of the season and has four victories in the last five stages, plus a 1-1 draw with Famalicao. The successes were obtained in front of Boavista (3-1), Vitoria Guimaraes (2-0), Aves (4-0) and Sporting Lisbon (2-1). So, morale is still high in the “eagles” camp, which hopes to bring Edinson Cavani next season. The news of such a transfer will surely bring a lot of confidence to the players on Da Luz!
FC Porto has won 3 of the last 4 direct duels with Benfica and it is normal to start from the favorite position, having the chance of a historic “event”. They scored both rivals in 3 of the last 4 direct matches, and Porto won the last 2-0 and 3-2. We bet again on a quality match, spectacular, in which the value of the “dragons” will make the difference. Benfica no longer has the dreaded defense of previous years and that will cost it this weekend!
Benfica: Vlachodimos – Almeida, Dias, Jardel, Tavares – Pizzi, Weigl, Pires, Cervi – Chiquinho – Seferovic
Coach: Nélson Veríssimo
FC Porto: Costa – Manafa, Pepe, Mbemba, Telles – Corona, Pereira, Loum, Oliveira, Otavio – Marega
Coach: Sergio Conceicao
In 3 of the last 4 direct duels both teams scored;
The draw was not recorded for 6 consecutive direct duels;
They scored both teams in 3 of the last 4 direct duels;
In 4 of the last 5 matches of FC Porto, over 2.5 goals have been scored;
Benfica comes after 3 consecutive victories in the championship matches;
FC Porto has not lost in 13 matches in the Portuguese Cup;
PREDICTION: Both teams to score / YES @ 1,79