The Benfica vs Porto Primeira Liga match will be held this Sunday, January 12, 2014 (8:00 AM Pacific) at the Estadio da Luz. This game will have two distinct headliners in what will make it into a memorable ‘O Classico’. First, it will be the first match played since the passing of Portuguese soccer legend, Eusebio. Also, the winner of this match will obtain first place in the regular standings.
The rivalry match between Benfica and Porto will be the first match since the death of world soccer legend Eusebio. The foward which passed away aged 71, played over 15 years for Benfica, where he appeared in more than 300 games, and scored more than 300 goals. Before every match this weekend, fans have honored Eusebio’s memory with a minute of applause, while at the ‘O Classico’ it will be respected with a minute of total silence.
The Eagles will have an extra push to win this classic in honor of Eusebio. Benfica will have the chance to play at home, in the most important match of the season up to the 15th week. The team coached by Jorge Jesus currently sits in 3rd place with 33 points; one point below the leader Sporting Lisbon. By defeating Porto, Benfica will reach 36 points, and also gain first place as Sporting Lisbon already played this weekend.
Like Benfica, Porto will also be pressured to win this match at the Estadio da Luz. The Dragons are in 2nd place of the standings, also with 33 points and one behind the leader Sporting Lisbon. With the win against Benfica, they would also reach the first place. If the game ends in a tie, all three teams will finish the week tied in points with 34, although the Lions have a great goal differential.
Benfica vs Porto Prediction
The Benfica vs Porto match has all the ingredients to becoming one of the most memorable matches this season. The Benfica players and the fans will create a special atmosphere in honor of Eusebio, while also remembering the magnitude of playing Porto. The visiting side has the same pressure to win the classic, as the winner will reach the first place of the standings. The Benfica vs Porto will end in a 3-2 win by the home side.
Benfica vs Porto TV Schedule
The Benfica vs Porto match will be televised this Sunday, January 12, 2014 on BBC One in the UK at 4:00 PM. Unfortunately, this game will not be shown in the United States.