Porto predicted lineup vs Benfica: Preview, Latest Team News, Prediction and Livestream- Round of 16, Taça de Portugal 2021/22

A strong, resolute defense which has conceded just 8 goals in the league all season has been the foundation for Porto’s success so far. They will hope for another shut-out when they host bitter rivals Benfica. We at Alley Sport take a look at the Porto predicted lineup vs Benfica, 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.

Porto vs Benfica Preview and Liverstream

Having strengthened in the summer with important signings like Pepe, Wendell, Bruno Costa and Fábio Cardoso to bolster their squad, Porto have only shown glimpses of their potential thus far. The Dragons are just 4 points behind leaders Sporting as things stand though. Despite blowing teams off the water in the league sometimes, their performances haven’t been consistent enough and with a stern test against Benfica coming up, they need to find that strong, consistent patch soon to win some silverware this season.

Benfica, on the other hand, have scored plenty this campaign, but how they would love Porto’s record at the back. An erratic defense has seen them drop unnecessary points on the way and they have now slipped to 3rd in the rankings. They too will be fired up to knock out their bitter foes Porto and add to their record 26 Taça titles.

Porto predicted lineup vs Benfica: Preview, Latest Team News, Prediction and Livestream- Round of 16, Taça de Portugal 2021/22
Porto predicted lineup vs Benfica: Preview, Latest Team News, Prediction and Livestream- Round of 16, Taça de Portugal 2021/22

Porto vs Benfica 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.

Porto predicted lineup vs Benfica: Preview, Latest Team News, Prediction and Livestream- Round of 16, Taça de Portugal 2021/22
Porto predicted lineup vs Benfica: Preview, Latest Team News, Prediction and Livestream- Round of 16, Taça de Portugal 2021/22

Porto team news vs Benfica

In a big boost for the club from the coastal city, Spanish center-half Iván Marcano is the only player currently in the treatment room and will be joining up with the squad soon as well. Sérgio Conceição has an otherwise fit squad to choose from.

Porto predicted lineup vs Benfica

Here is our Porto predicted lineup vs Benfica:

Formation: 4-3-3

GK: Diogo Costa

RB: João Mário

CB: Chancel Mbemba

CB: Pepe

LB: Wendell

CM: Mateus Uribe

CM: Vitinha

CM: Marko Grujić

RF: Otávio

ST: Mehdi Taremi

LF: Luis Díaz

Porto predicted lineup vs Benfica: Preview, Latest Team News, Prediction and Livestream- Round of 16, Taça de Portugal 2021/22
Porto predicted lineup vs Benfica: Preview, Latest Team News, Prediction and Livestream- Round of 16, Taça de Portugal 2021/22

Porto vs Benfica Prediction

Porto have struggled in creating chances and scoring goals in the league. In what we predict will be a tightly contested match, a strong, resolute attacking performance could be key. With their bitter rivals scoring for fun this season, they might just edge out this one. We predict young striker Nunez will lead Benfica to a close-fought 2-1 win to advance in the cup.

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