Probable Lineups

4-2-3-1
4-2-3-1
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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparison

(62) 42 Goals 42 (76)
(46) 29 Assists 40 (58)
(6.7) 6.9 Average Ratings 7.1 (6.6)
25.9 Average Age 26.6
180.7 Average Height (cm) 182
(1) 1.5 Shots pg 1.3 (1.2)
(52%) 51% Aerial Duel Success 53% (51%)
(0.9) 0.6 Dribbles pg 0.7 (0.8)
(1.2) 1 Tackles pg 1.2 (1.5)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in Liga Portugal.

Missing Players

Porto
Benfica
Player Reason Status Rating
Iván Marcano Out 7.09
Mehdi Taremi Out 6.85
Zaidu Sanusi Out 6.61
Player Reason Status Rating
Juan Bernat Out 6.25

Team News

Porto
Benfica
  • Otávio will likely get the nod over Fábio Cardoso at the heart of the defense.
  • Other than that, Sérgio Conceição should name the same Starting XI that defeated CD Santa Clara last time around.
  • Evanílson scored in each of his last couple of appearances and will be boosted for Sunday.
  • Morato could play at the left-hand side of the defense, with Aursnes featuring at the opposite flank in order to stop FC Porto' offensive wings.
  • Rafa will lead the line if Roger Schmidt opts for a 4-2-3-1 with a false 9. Otherwise, Arthur Cabral, Marcos Leonardo and Tengstedt will be in competition to start upfront.
  • Florentino could return to Starting XI, which would move João Mário out wide.

Prediction

  • FC Porto defeated CD Santa Clara to get into the Portuguese Cup' semi-finals, but were far from convincing. In fact, the Dragons haven't been impressive in the last few games with the exception of UEFA Champions League match against Arsenal.
  • SL Benfica lost to Sporting CP at the Portuguese Cup' semi-finals 1st leg, but that shouldn't affect the Eagles as they will head into this fixture at the top of the league table while knowing that their rivals will be way more pressured to win on Sunday.
  • Given their current form, FC Porto will be desperate to give their supporters a victory here. However, they've lost 3 of the last 4 matches against the Eagles, which could be a major factor for Sunday.
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