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This preview aims to cover everything from the Porto vs Benfica betting tips to predictions of this highly competitive O Clássico game at the Estádio Do Dragão.
Porto vs Benfica Top Free Betting Tips
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|Match result||Porto to win at 11/13||BetVictor||Add to betslip|
|Both teams to score||Both teams to score @ 2/3||Bet365||Add to betslip|
|Total goals||Over 3.5 goals @ 6/7||Ladbrokes||Add to betslip|
Porto vs Benfica Match Preview and Insights
The matches between Benfica and Porto are commonly referred to as the O Clássico. It is regarded as a pinnacle of Portuguese football, as these two clubs have dominated the game in Portugal for a long time. Benfica and Porto are two decorated clubs with multiple titles between them. The intense rivalry between the two clubs can be felt in the O Clássico, which is one of the top games in this part of the world.
Benfica and Porto have met each other on more than 240 occasions. It is extremely tight between the two clubs, who are evenly matched. Both clubs have registered just over 60 wins each when it comes to home meetings, while they have not done too bad in away games against each other. Once again, the two teams are closely matched when the O Clássico takes place at neutral venues. In the overall standings, though, Porto have a slight advantage with 95+ wins in the O Clássico compared to the 85+ wins achieved by Benfica. Over the years, both clubs have shown tremendous reason to follow this encounter, which features a lot of goals.
Porto have been displaying enormous potential in the 2020-21 campaign. The club did extremely well to keep up with the likes of Benfica and Sporting Lisbon at the top of the Portuguese Primeira Liga while managing to progress into the knockout stages of the Champions League. The latter can be considered as one of the most impressive achievements of Porto in Europe over the last few years, as they were in a difficult group that included favourites Manchester City. One of the problems for Porto so far this season has come in the inability to keep clean sheets.
Benfica have been unable to win the league since the 2018-19 campaign. In fact, this title victory is the solitary league success for the club since 2017. As a result, Benfica have been showing a lot of hunger and desire – under the management of Jorge Jesus. Unlike Porto, Benfica were only able to reach the Europa League this season. Even though Benfica did reach the knockout stages, they were only able to do so as the runner-up. The priority for Benfica will be to be strong defensively, as this has been one of the few problematic areas for the club.
Top Betting Tips for Porto vs Benfica
Match result – Porto win
Benfica have been able to show a lot of improvement in Jesus’ second spell at the club. His first spell may have brought a lot of trophies, but the key priority for Benfica will be to restore the glory in the O Clássico. This will be a very evenly matched team, but the greater attacking threat possessed by Porto will ultimately end up deciding the match, according to our predictions. This pick can be backed at 11/13. This will result in returns of £18.47 on a stake of £10.
Both teams to score – yes
The attacking potential possessed by Porto and Benfica is extraordinary when compared with the rest of the Portuguese league. It is not a surprise that both teams have dominated the goalscoring charts so far this season. In recent meetings, the O Clássico has ended up producing a lot of goals despite being a fiercely contested derby. The attacking power possessed by Porto coupled with the defensive problems faced by Benfica makes our free tips go with both teams to score – a selection which is available at 2/3. This means a return of £16.67 when a punter places a wager of £10.
Total goals over 3.5
It is a surprise that the O Clássico has become something of a goal fest in recent years. There have been more than 3.5 goals in a handful of recent meetings. There is no reason to expect a high-scoring encounter even if this is one of the toughest derby matches around. The goalscoring prowess of both teams will be tested to the maximum and Benfica have been quite poor at the back in recent matches makes our preview go with a high-scoring encounter at the Estadio Do Dragao. This selection is given a price of 6/7, which means that a punter can get a return of £18.55 when they place a £10 wager.