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Primeira Liga

  • May 11, 2013
  • • 3:30 PM
  • • Estádio Do Dragão, Porto
  • Referee: Pedro Proença
  • • Attendance: 50117
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Primeira Liga Preview: Porto - Benfica

Primeira Liga Preview: Porto - Benfica

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Jorge Jesus' men could lift their first Primeira Liga in three years with victory, while the Dragao would go top if they can triumph in front of their own fans.


Porto will be able to call on the talents of Alex Sandro after the Brazilian fullback recovered from a muscle strain to be declared fit. The ex-Santos man has been training throughout the week and is said to be at 100 percent for the decisive clash, although Maicon, who trained apart from the rest of the Dragao, is still an uncertainty.

Benfica will give Argentina international Enzo Perez until the last minute to prove his fitness. The 27-year-old was expected to miss Saturday's encounter with a thigh strain, but he has shown improvements in training and could still make it.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Porto remains unbeaten in the Primeira Liga, but could well miss out on the title without losing a single match.
  • With two games left, Porto trails Benfica by two points. A Porto defeat would hand Benfica the title, while a win would put the Dragao one point ahead going into the final day.
  • Porto is looking for a third-successive Primeira triumph, having recorded back-to-back titles in 2010-11 and 2011-12.
  • Benfica, which will face Chelsea in the Europa League final, is the league leader with 74 points from 28 games. In that run Benfica has also netted 73 times, seven goals more than its top rival for the title.
  • The Aguias' top scorer is Lima (right), with 17 in the league. He trails Porto sharpshooter Jackson Martinez, who has netted 25 times.
  • Coach Jorge Jesus has won a trophy every year in his four at the Benfica helm, but the last time he lifted the league title was back in 2009-10.

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Available Squads
1HeltonGoalkeeper
-DaniloDefender
-Eliaquim MangalaDefender
-Alex SandroDefender
-Nicolás OtamendiDefender
8Lucho GonzálezMidfielder
-Joao MoutinhoMidfielder
28James RodríguezMidfielder
25FernandoMidfielder
-Jackson MartínezStriker
17Silvestre VarelaStriker
-FabianoGoalkeeper
4Abdoulaye BaDefender
-André CastroMidfielder
-Steven DefourMidfielder
31LiedsonStriker
-KelvinStriker
-SebáStriker
1ArturGoalkeeper
4LuisaoDefender
14Maxi PereiraDefender
14Ezequiel GarayDefender
18Toto SalvioMidfielder
20Osvaldo Nicolás Fabián GaitánMidfielder
21Nemanja MatićMidfielder
30André AlmeidaMidfielder
35Enzo Nicolás PérezMidfielder
11LimaStriker
24Ola JohnStriker
13Paulo LopesGoalkeeper
19RoderickDefender
28L. MelgarejoStriker
16Pablo AimarMidfielder
16J. UrretaviscayaMidfielder
7Ó. CardozoStriker
-RodrigoStriker

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