Portugal: Primeira Liga
Match start: 21:30 (GMT+1)
The history of struggle of two most titled teams of the country Eusébio and Cristiano Ronaldo has counted 191 official meetings. In this historical battle the considerable domination have the Dragons – 78 victories. Benfica has won 60 times and, correspondingly, 53 matches have ended with draws. Let us remember, that two calendar meetings of two grandees in the fames of the national championship last season didn’t determine the winner (1:1 in Porto and 1:1 in Lisbon).
History and realities of nowadays
The 62nd history of European Champion Clubs' Cup (1955-2017) shows that four winning finals belong to two Portuguese grandees – Benfica (1961, 1962) and Porto (1987, 2004).
But the current championship of the Champions League is successful for Porto and only fans of this football club are pleased with the game of their favorite. Prior to the last 6 round of the group stage the team of Sérgio Conceição is the main challenger for the second position in group G.
Champion’s race of Primeira Liga
But Benfica during this European Champion Clubs' Cup was rather unsuccessful – 5 defeats in a row. And that is why the team of Rui Vitória had lost all chances for participation at the Europe League.
It is obvious that now for the Reds and Whites the main battle is the struggle for a new champion’s title in frames of the national championship. But here the Eagles from Lisbon are not taking the first position:
Porto – 32, Sporting – 30, Benfica – 29, Barca – 25 …
As we see, now the participants of the main national derby are separated not only by three points but also Sporting Lisbon. The psychological factor is also very important now. Alas, past Champions League’s battle against Manchester United, Basel and CSKA Moscow vividly demonstrated that the team of Rui Vitória is not ready for the struggle for the highest places. And that is why, our choice is obvious:
Porto – 1.70, draw – 3.50, Benfica –5.25;
Our tip: Porto to win - odds 1.81 5Dimes