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May 11, 2013 8:30 PM BST
Estádio Do Dragão — Porto
Referee:‬ Pedro Proença‎
Attendance:‬ 50117‎
 
26′ (OG) Maxi Pereira
Lima 19′
90+2′ Kelvin
 

Porto-Benfica Preview: Aguias can wrap up title with away win against rivals

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

By Daniel Edwards

Nemanja Matic & Jackson Martinez - Benfica vs Porto
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Porto will be able to call on the talents of Alex Sandro after the Brazilian full-back 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 per cent 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 has shown improvements in training and could still make it.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Porto remain unbeaten in the Primeira Liga, but could well miss out on the title without losing a single match.
  • With two games left, they trail Saturday's rivals by two points. Defeat would hand Benfica the title, while a win would put the Dragao one point ahead going into the final day.
  • Porto are looking for a third-successive Primeira triumph, having recorded back-to-back titles in 2010-11 and 2011-12.
  • Benfica are the league leaders with 74 points from 28 games. In that run they have also netted 73 times, seven goals more than their rivals 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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Last Five Matches
Porto
Apr 21, 2014Porto 3 - Rio Ave 0POR1
Apr 16, 2014Benfica 3 - Porto 1TDeP
Apr 13, 2014Sporting Braga 1 - Porto 3POR1
Apr 10, 2014Sevilla 4 - Porto 1EL
Apr 6, 2014Porto 3 - Academica Coimba 1POR1
Benfica
Apr 20, 2014Benfica 2 - SC Olhanense 0POR1
Apr 16, 2014Benfica 3 - Porto 1TDeP
Apr 13, 2014FC Arouca 0 - Benfica 2POR1
Apr 10, 2014Benfica 2 - AZ 0EL
Apr 7, 2014Benfica 4 - Rio Ave 0POR1
Odds
Team News
Available Squads
1HeltonGoalkeeper
-DaniloDefender
22Eliaquim MangalaDefender
-Alex SandroDefender
-Nicolás OtamendiDefender
8Lucho GonzálezMidfielder
-Joao MoutinhoMidfielder
10James RodríguezMidfielder
25FernandoMidfielder
-Jackson MartínezStriker
17Silvestre VarelaStriker
-FabianoGoalkeeper
-Abdoulaye BaDefender
-André CastroMidfielder
-KelvinStriker
35Steven DefourMidfielder
31LiedsonStriker
-SebáStriker
1ArturGoalkeeper
4LuisaoDefender
14Maxi PereiraDefender
24Ezequiel GarayDefender
18Toto SalvioMidfielder
20Osvaldo Nicolás Fabián GaitánMidfielder
21Nemanja MatićMidfielder
30André AlmeidaMidfielder
35Enzo Nicolás PérezMidfielder
11LimaStriker
24Ola JohnStriker
13Paulo LopesGoalkeeper
19RoderickDefender
28L. MelgarejoStriker
10Pablo AimarMidfielder
16J. UrretaviscayaMidfielder
7Ó. CardozoStriker
19RodrigoStriker
Players to Watch
Jackson Martínez
Jackson Martínez
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 0
Games Goals YC RC
28 19 2 0
The Colombian has followed in the giant footsteps of compatriot and former Porto star Radamel Falcao, netting 25 goals to lead the scoring charts and keep his side in the chase. Porto will be looking to him to down Benfica and put them in the driving seat.
Maxi Pereira
Maxi Pereira
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 14
Games Goals YC RC
24 0 8 1
The Uruguayan right-back is a tough, tenacious performer, and has been a mainstay of the Benfica team for over six years. He will have the responsibility of keeping stars like James and Martinez quiet, knowing that a point could well be enough for his side.
Prediction
Porto need a win in what is a key match to decide the fate of the 2012-13 Primeira Liga title. That necessity, plus Benfica's busier schedule as they prepare for a Europa League final, should play in the Dragao's favour as they seek victory.
Editor's Prediction
Porto 2
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Jackson Martínez Jackson Martínez
Striker
Porto
19 2
Derley Derley
Striker
Maritimo
15 4
Lima Lima
Striker
Benfica
14 3
Rafael Martins Rafael Martins
Striker
14 3
F. Montero F. Montero
Striker
Sporting
13 2