Preview: Benfica vs. Porto 

Preview: Benfica vs. Porto 

Liga Portugal champions Benfica and Taca de Portugal winners Porto will have a chance to claim their first piece of silverware for the 2023-24 season when they face off in the Portuguese Super Cup on Wednesday evening.

Benfica earned their 38th league title last season with 87 points, which was two points better than their opponents in this match, while Porto secured the Portuguese Cup by beating Braga 2-0 in the final back in June.

As Aguias were involved in a titanic battle in the league last season with Porto but proved to be the better side, leading the league from matchday four to the end of the campaign and securing the title by two points.

Benfica are the most decorated club in Portugal, but they had performed below their expectations over the last few seasons, and winning the league last season brought an end to a four-year wait which included three third-place finishes and a runners-up medal.

Roger Schmidt’s side recorded 28 wins, three draws, and three losses over the course of the season for a tally of 87 points, which equalled the total they managed in their 2018-19 league win when they beat Porto by two points as well.

Last season proved not only to be a good one for Benfica domestically but also in European competition, where they reached the quarter-final of the UEFA Champions League before bowing out to the eventual runners-up Inter Milan.

Benfica had the best home record of any side in the league last season with 15 wins in 17 matches on home soil, along with one draw and one loss, though it is worth pointing out that their solitary home defeat was against this opposition.

Preview: Benfica vs. Porto – prediction, team news, lineups

While Porto found themselves relinquishing the league title to this opponent last season, they did manage to secure two pieces of silverware, which were the Taca de Portugal and this trophy, when they beat Tondela at the start of the season.

Despite Benfica taking the lead in the league early on, Porto refused to go away and stayed in the title race right to the last day of the season, winning each of their last nine league matches while they were unbeaten in their final 12 games.

Sergio Conceicao’s side recorded 27 wins, four draws and three losses in their 34 matches, finishing the season seven points clear of Braga in third place and with the second-best defensive record of just 22 goals conceded.

Following their Taca de Portugal victory over Braga, the Dragons played five club friendlies leading up to this encounter and managed two wins, two draws, and one loss, scoring 10 and conceding five in that time.

Having lifted this trophy on 23 occasions, Porto have won this competition more times than Benfica and Sporting combined and will be keen to get one over this opponent early in the season to set a marker down for the rest of the campaign.

Benfica form (all competitions):

Porto form (all competitions):

We say: Benfica 2-1 Porto
While Porto have been the dominant side in this encounter over the years, Benfica have added a few world-class players to their ranks over the summer break, which could be a crucial factor this season and potentially in this match as well.

With two attacking sides on display and with it still being early in the campaign, we expect lots of chances to be created in this match by both sides but fancy the league champions to edge it by the odd goal.

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