Our prediction for this Portugal Primeira Liga match:
All eyes will be on Estadio da Luz when Benfica and Porto go head to head in O Classico on Saturday evening. The Eagles moved one step closer to regaining the title by beating Rio Ave on the road, and given their ten-point advantage over Porto, the league leaders should be happy with one point from the Primeira Liga derby. With no fresh injury worries to report, Roger Schmidt is unlikely to make changes to the team that defeated Rio Ave. Goncalo Guedes remains in the recovery room.
The Dragons, on the other hand, are desperate to melt Benfica’s advantage to seven points. Since the title holders have no other option but to go all guns blazing at Benfica, we are going to put our money on both teams to score. Serbia midfielder Marko Grujic is pushing for a recall, while forward Evanilson has yet to overcome a muscle problem. Veteran defender Pepe is a major doubt.
Highlighted Player (Alex Grimaldo):
Alex Grimaldo is a Spanish footballer who plays for Portuguese side Benfica as a left back. Born in Valencia on September 20, 1995, Grimaldo started his youth career at his hometown club FC Valencia, but in 2008 Barcelona scouts brought him to Camp Nou.
The 171-cm-tall footballer scored six goals in 92 appearances for Barca B before joining Primeira Liga club Benfica in the winter of 2015. Alex Grimaldo made his debut with the Eagles on January 26, 2016 in a 6-1 win at Moreirense in the Taca da Liga. Speaking of his Primeira Liga debut, Grimaldo played his first league game for Benfica on February 29, 2016 in a 2-0 win over Uniao Leiria.
The Benfica defender has two caps for Spain U21 team, but he has yet to make his debut with the senior team. His main position is left-back, but he is capable of producing fine performances as a left winger as well.
Highlighted Team (Porto):
Futebol Clube do Porto are one of Portugal’s biggest football clubs playing their matches in front of 50,000 people at their Estadio do Dragao. Porto form biggest rivalries with two other Big Three clubs in Portugal and regular league title contenders – Benfica and Sporting CP. Rivalries between the clubs stem from the historical, political, economical and cultural discrepancies between the cities of Porto and Lisbon. The Dragons, as they are commonly known in Portugal, are the second most successful Portuguese team with a total of 74 trophies to their name.
Porto hold a record of five consecutive league titles which are part of the total tally of 27 Primeira Liga trophies. FC Porto’s success extends to the international scene as well with seven European titles. Two-time European champions from 1987 and 2004, Porto also won two UEFA Cup/Europa League titles, the UEFA Super Cup and the International Cup on two occasions. Together with Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United, Porto have the most appearances in the UEFA Champions League group stage – the total of 20.