Our prediction for this Portugal Primeira Liga match:
There will be fireworks when Porto and Benfica face each other in O Classico on Friday evening. The Dragons did well to crush Famalicao 4-1 at the weekend, with the team extending their winning run in the Primeira Liga to seven games. Porto have been scoring goals for fun in all competitions of late, but it has to be noted that the likes of Carraca, Manafa, Ramos, and Vieira have been tested positive for coronavirus.
Ivan Marcano, on the other hand, is rated doubtful for the Primeira Liga derby. The Eagles, on the other hand, recorded a routine 2-0 win over Tondela in their last league match, with the team rolling over lower-league side Estrela in the Taca de Portugal. Almeida remains in the recovery room, while Jardel has been quarantined following his positive test for coronavirus. Anyhow, the two teams seem to be evenly matched at the moment, and we are tempted to put our money on draw.
Highlighted Player (Pepe):
Pepe is a professional footballer who plays for Porto as a defender. The Portuguese international played for Maritimo at the start of his senior career and in 2004 he moved to Porto. After making 64 league appearances for the Dragons, he signed a contract with Real Madrid in 2007 and he quickly established himself as a first-team regular.
Pepe is well known for his hard tackles and referees often show him red card. The Real Madrid centre back often played as a defensive midfielder under Jose Mourinho and it has to be noted that he scored five goals in all competitions in the 2013/2014 La Liga campaign.
The Portuguese footballer won his second Champions League trophy with Real Madrid in the 2015/2016 season and later in 2016 he helped A Selecao win the European Championship trophy. Portugal defeated France in the title game and Pepe played an important role in Fernando Santos’ team in the Euro 2016 final. The Real Madrid defender was born in Maceio, Brazil on 26 February, 1983.
Highlighted Team (Benfica):
Member of the ‘Big Three’ clubs in Portugal alongside FC Porto and CP Sporting, Sport Lisboa e Benfica are the football club that has never been relegated from the Primeira Liga. The club is nicknamed Aguias because of the Eagle symbol atop the club’s crest. Benfica play their home games at the Estadio da Luz which replaced the original one in 2003 and which boasts the capacity of more than 64,000. Arguably the most successful club in Portugal, Benfica have won a record of 35 Primeira Liga titles and also a record 25 Taca de Liga and 7 Taca da Liga trophies.
Two-time European Cup winners, Benfica are the club known for their diligent work with youth players, many of which went on to make great careers abroad. The most prominent players to wear a Benfica shirt are legendary Eusebio, Manuel Bento, Jorge Tavares and most recently Javier Saviola, Nuno Gomes, David Luiz and Angel Di Maria.