The latest edition of O Classico will take place on Thursday night as Benfica host FC Porto. Both clubs are chasing Sporting Lisbon who sit at the top of the Liga NOS table. Six points separate FC Porto from Sporting Lisbon while Benfica are 10 points back of the Lions. Just four games and 12 points are left to play for. A loss for Benfica would eliminate them from winning the title. A victory for FC Porto will keep them in the title fight.

FC Porto manager Sérgio Conceição has led the team to six straight league matches without a loss. The Blue and White are playing well in the league but too many draws (seven) have hurt their chances of retaining the Liga NOS title. Just two of FC Porto’s league matches have finished in losses this season.

Benfica coach Jorge Jesus has led Benfica to three straight Liga NOS wins. The Eagles three victories came following a shock 2-1 loss to Gil Vicente. Benfica have lost four times and drawn six games this term. The dropped points are likely to doom them to missing out on another title.

The clubs played out a 1-1 draw in their previous match this season. Benfica’s Alex Grimaldo opened the scoring in the 17th minute but Moussa Marega equalised eight minutes later. Eight yellow cards were handed out in the game plus one red card to FC Porto’s Mehdi Taremi in the second half.

Benfica vs. Porto Betting Odds

 

FC Porto have dominated recent fixtures against Benfica. They are unbeaten in five straight games against the Eagles in all competitions. Two of those five games ended in Liga NOS wins for FC Porto. Leading sportsbooks have the Dragons are odds 21/10 to win at full-time and stay within touching distance of Sporting Lisbon.

Conceição’s team top the current Liga NOS form table. They took 16 points from the last 18 on offer in the league. FC Porto tallied 10 goals and conceded just four times during that six-game span.

Benfica took 15 points from their last 18 on offer in Liga NOS. They won five of their last six games in the league and outscored opponents 16-4. Both Benfica and FC Porto are in good form and played better than Sporting Lisbon over the course of the last six league games.

Benfica are at odds of 25/18 to win at home and end a five-match winless streak against the Dragons. Benfica have won five of their last six matches at home. They are +15 in goal difference playing at home this season. The O Classico rivals are at odds of 41/17 to finish in a draw for the second straight Liga NOS match.

Benfica vs Porto Team News

Jesus has just one player set to miss the game on Thursday night as centre-back Nicolas Otamendi is suspended for the fixture. Benfica are led in goals by Haris Seferovic has 18 goals in 27 matches. Seferovic has seven assists to go with those goals to make him the team’s most important attacking player. Benfica have the league’s second-most goals with 58.

The striker has accounted for 43% of the team’s goals this term. Seferovic leads Liga NOS in goals scored this season. Although Benfica has 58 team goals, the nearest goalscorer to Seferovic is Luca Waldschmidt with seven. Alejandro Grimaldo has tops Liga NOS in assists with eight.

Conceição has two players on the suspension and injury list going into the game. Centre-back Pepe is suspended and will miss the game. Goalkeeper Mouhamed Mbaye is likely to miss the game as he comes back from an ACL injury. Mehdi Taremi leads FC Porto in goals scored this season with 14. He is third in goals scored in Liga NOS. Sergio Oliviera is second in goals scored with 12.

FC Porto have scored the most goals in the league with 61. Despite leading the league in goals, Sporting Lisbon have allowed just 15 which has them topping the table.

Benfica vs Porto Prediction

Both teams to score goals: YES @ 9/11 - BET NOW

 

Five of the last seven games in all competitions between Benfica and FC Porto finished with both teams scoring goals. The loser of O Classico will be out of the title race – although Benfica are practically out of the running already. Back-to-back FC Porto games in Liga NOS ended with both teams scoring. Three of Benfica’s last four league matches finished with both teams scoring.

Haris Seferovic to score anytime @ 7/4 - BET NOW

 

Seferovic has been the bright spot in Benfica’s attack. The striker has 18 goals in 27 league matches. Seferovic has not scored in the team’s last two games His last goal came on matchday 28 against Portimonense. He didn’t score against FC Porto in the reverse fixture but did tally an assist.

Over 2.5 goals scored @ 21/20 - BET NOW

 

Four of the last seven O Classicos in all competitions finished with over 2.5 goals scored. A lot is on the line in the game on Thursday night. Although the Liga NOS title is likely to go to Sporting Lisbon, both Benfica and FC Porto have a shot at the trophy. Two of FC Porto’s last six games finished with over 2.5 goals scored, including last weekend’s 3-2 victory over Famalicao. Benfica saw four of their last five matches finish with over 2.5 goals tallied.

Just four of the last 12 games in all competitions between Benfica and FC Porto finished in draws. It has mostly been all or nothing for the O Classico rivals. The reverse Liga NOS fixture finished 1-1 with FC Porto coming from behind to claim a draw.

The winner of this game could still sneak the Liga NOS title. Benfica must still play Sporting Lisbon. Although they might not snatch the title, they could end up helping FC Porto in the trophy race. Which side will take the spoils in O Classico?

Benfica vs Porto Tips

Here are our Benfica vs Porto tips for Thursday's O Classico.

1. Both teams to score goals: YES @ 9/11

2. Haris Seferovic to score anytime @ 7/4

3. Over 2.5 goals scored @ 21/20