Benfica predicted lineup vs Porto: Preview, Latest Team News, Prediction and Livestream- Round of 16, Taça de Portugal 2021/22
Benfica have lost a little ground to fierce rivals Sporting and Porto at the top of the Primera Liga, but will hope a good cup run is exactly the boost they need to push on in the league as well. Here at Alley Sport, we bring you the Benfica predicted lineup vs Porto, Preview, Latest Team News, Prediction and Livestream as we explore this massive fixture in this season’s Round of 16 in the Taça de Portugal.
Benfica vs Porto Preview and Liverstream
The Eagles made a flying start to their league campaign soaring to the top of the Portuguese League table. But a lack of that killer instinct in games has seen them drop unnecessary points on the way and have now slipped to 3rd in the rankings. Despite knocking out Barcelona from the Champions League group stage, Benfica have not looked menacing and dominant enough in other matches.
Young striker Darwin Núñez has provided the spark Benfica’s ageing team seems to be lacking sometimes since joining in a club record move last season, but their big guns need to start firing soon and stop leaking at the back if they are to stop their bitter rivals from winning silverware at their cost, starting with Porto in the cup competition.
Porto, on the other hand, have been making steady progress ever since Sérgio Conceição took charge in 2017. Despite not making it past the group stage in the Champions League, their squad looks fitter and better as every matchday goes by, a sure sign of success in the future.
Benfica vs Porto takes place at the Estádio do Dragão Stadium in Porto on Thursday, 23rd December 2021 at 08:45 PM GMT. This means that the game will start at 1:45 PM EST and 12:45 PM PST on the same day- 23rd December. The Indian fans will see the game kick-off at 2:15 AM IST on the next day, Friday 24th December 2021.
Bet365 are streaming this match live for account holders in the United Kingdom, who are the official broadcasters and the highlights will be available for livestream on Quest in UK and Ireland. The broadcasting rights of the Portuguese Cup, or the Taça de Portugal, in the USA lies with RTP Internacional. For fans in India, unfortunately there is no TV channel currently scheduled to telecast the game live.
Benfica team news vs Porto
In a big boost for the club from Lisbon, Serbian winger Nemanja Radonjić is likely to be back from injury for this match against bitter rivals Porto. However, influential Brazilians Rodrigo Pinho and Lucas Veríssimo are unlikely to return until late December this year. The rest of the squad is fit and raring to go.
Benfica predicted lineup vs Porto
Here is our Benfica predicted lineup vs Porto:
GK: Odysseas Vlachodimos
RWB: Gilberto Moraes
CB: Jan Vertonghen
CB: Nicolas Otamendi
CB: André Almeida
LWB: Alex Grimaldo
CM: Julian Weigl
CM: João Mário
RF: Rafa Silva
ST: Darwin Nunez
Benfica vs Porto Prediction
Despite their struggles maintaining leads in the league, a strong, resolute attacking performance could be key in what we predict will be a tightly contested match. Having scored the most goals in the league, Benfica will rely on their young forward Nunez to get the job done once more, this time in the cup. We predict the Uruguayan youngster to impress again, leading Benfica to a close-fought 2-1 win.
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