Preview: On the verge of winning the league, Benfica has to overturn a one goal deficit
Benfica took another step towards the Portuguese League title on Sunday, with a 0-2 victory over Arouca. Jorge Jesus’ side can now claim their 33rd league championship on Sunday, when they host Olhanense at the Estádio da Luz.
First, they will need to turn a negative result against rivals Porto in the Taça de Portugal.
The Águias have won this competition a record 24 times, but the last time they raised the trophy was in 2004. In a matter of a few days, they will have a chance to book a place in the final, as well as claim the Portuguese League.
Preview: Sevilla have a one goal deficit to overturn
Sevilla will welcome Porto to Andalusia on Thursday night for yet another fascinating Europa League match. The Sevillistas gave their fans hope, after defeating Betis in the previous round in a penalty shootout. They will now be up against the current Portuguese champions, who have plenty of experience.
The Portuguese side was matched up with Napoli in the previous round; with a lot of football fans expecting the Italian’s to go through.
Preview: Porto try to bounce back after a defeat to Nacional
In comparison to what has been normal for Porto over the last 10 or 20 years, their current campaign has been mediocre at best. They find themselves eight points off second placed Sporting CP, with rivals SL Benfica top of the league, 15 points clear.
The Dragons defeated the league leaders mid-week in the first leg of the Taça de Portugal quarterfinals, but they will now have to get past Sevilla.
Having been defeated in their last domestic match away to Nacional 2-1, interim manager Luis Castro is calling on his players to have their sights set on goal.
Preview: Rivalry renewed, in a vital cup match
Benfica and Porto have gone down two separate paths this season. The Lisbon side got off to a slow start, but have since sorted things out. They are top of the Portuguese League, they are still in the Taça de Portugal and the Taça da Liga, and they are in the quarter-finals of the Europa League.
As for the Dragões, they have had to deal with a lot of obstacles this season. After claiming the Portuguese League title last season, their newly appointed manager was dismissed just a few weeks ago.
Preview: Atmosphere in the Stadio Sao Paolo could make the difference
A second half goal from Jackson Martinez gave Porto a one-goal lead to take with them to Italy. Now playing at home in the intimidating Stadio Sao Paolo, Rafa Benitez is hoping that can play a big factor.
Napoli has won all four of their Europa League matches in Italy, and they would love to make it five out of five on Thursday. To do that, they will need to overcome the current Portuguese Champions, who are coming off a defeat in Lisbon against Sporting.
Preview: This fixture looks for its first goal in three meetings
A meeting between Sporting and Porto is always a heated affair. Both sides will meet on Sunday in their 105th meeting at the Estádio de Alvalada, with the hosts having the upper hand at home.
Sporting came into the new season in fascinating form, but they have lost some of that consistency as of late.
Currently 2nd in the Portuguese League, they trail leaders Benfica by seven points, but could cut it to four, with their Lisbon rivals only taking the pitch on Monday. A victory over Porto would also allow the Lions to distance themselves from Porto, who are third, two points back.
Preview: Luis Castro goes for his second victory as Porto's manager
The 2013/14 campaign has not gone according to plan, or at least how Porto and their fans would have expected. They are currently third in the Portuguese League, two points behind Sporting CP, and nine behind league leaders Benfica.
After a lot of speculation and mixed opinions, Paulo Fonseca was sacked from the club last week. That has now given Porto’s B team manager, Luis Castro, an opportunity to put his name in the European spotlight.
Castro started his managerial career off with a victory at the weekend, as the current Portuguese champions defeated Arouca 4-1 at home.
Preview: Porto has it all to do if they want to progress, against a very strong Atletico side
It is not often that Porto finds themselves in this type of situation, but on Wednesday night, they will need two positive results.
First, they will need to defeat Atletico Madrid, who has yet to lose in the group stage. With four victories and one draw, the Spanish side find themselves into the next round, having claimed 13 points already. Adding to their outstanding record, Simeone's squad has scored 13 goals, while only conceding three.
So apart from that much needed victory for Porto, they will also need Austria Wien to lend them a helping hand against Zenit St. Petersburg.
Preview: This match will be all or nothing for both sides
Mathematically, both these sides can go through to the next round of the Champions League. For Austria Wien, the math does get a little more complicated, but nonetheless, they still have a chance.
For Porto, they are currently third in Group G, but only trail second placed Zenit St. Petersburg by one point. When they take the field at the Estádio do Dragão on Tuesday evening, both teams will already know the final result between Zenit and Atletico Madrid, who will play earlier in the day.
Preview: With Witsel back, Zenit looks to distance themselves from Porto
Currently second in their group with just four points from three matches, Zenit St. Petersburg has a chance to put some distance between themselves and Porto. A match in Russia after a slender 0-1 victory at the Estádio do Dragão should give Spalletti's squad a good chance of earning points.
Due to Zenit's appeal of Axel Witsel's two match suspension, UEFA has changed the suspension to one match, which will now allow him to play on Wednesday. The Belgian's presence in the midfield will be felt, especially considering his knowledge of the visitors from his time in the Portuguese League.
Preview: Zenit has little margin for error on Tuesday night
From their two group matches, Zenit has not been all that impressive. A 3-1 defeat at the Vicente Calderon against Atletico Madrid was followed up by a scoreless draw at home against Austria Vienna. And although Zenit looked good through spells of their last match, they were unable to put the ball in the net, which is the most important part of the game.
On Tuesday night, Hulk and Danny will return to a familiar stadium. It would also have been a familiar return for Axel Witsel who spent some time with Benfica, but the Belgian international will be suspended for this match.
Preview: Both sides are looking to stay perfect in Group G
Porto will play host to Atlético Madrid on Tuesday, with both sides coming off domestic victories at the weekend. As for their involvement in this season's UEFA Champions League, both sides won their opening match, setting up an entertaining match at the Estádio do Dragão.
For the Portuguese champions, their European campaign started off with a 0-1 victory over Austria Vienna at the Ernst Happen Stadion. Captain Lucho Gonzalez came through with an important strike to give the Dragões the full three points.
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Preview: Paulo Fonseca's first match in charge could end with a title
Even after claiming a second consecutive Portuguese League title last season, Porto parted ways with Vítor Pereira. It had been rumored for quite some time that the Portuguese manager would move on from the club, but that finally became official when former Paços de Ferreira manager Paulo Fonseca was appointed as the new leader of the Dragões.
Fonseca has had his fair share of pre-season matches to not only get acquainted with his new players, but he also had a chance to get used to the daily pressures of managing a top club in Portugal.
Preview: Gala's defensive frailties will once again be put to the test on Saturday
After signing Didier Drogba and Wesley Sneijder last season, Galatasaray's run through Europe was quite impressive, and exciting to say the least. Watching their fans enjoy every second of the match was a sight to see.
On Saturday, the Turkish fans will get to witness an entertaining match, between two sides trying to sort out their weaknesses before domestic football begins in the coming weeks.
Over the last 20 years, Porto has done an incredible job not only from a titles aspect, but their ability to sell players for big money has become somewhat of a trademark for them. They not only have helped market and evolve players, but their manager's have also benefited from their time at Porto.
As a Portuguese Football fan, when you think of Porto, given their track record as of late, you think of titles. It goes without saying that they have essentially dominated the Portuguese League, after Benfica enjoyed a similar spell of dominance.
Pinto da Costa and his staff will now prepare themselves, and hope that they made the right decision in signing 40-year-old Paulo Fonseca.
Miami Beach, Florida (May 18, 2013) – FC Porto and Benfica are in a fierce contest to win the 2012/13 Portuguese Primeira Liga title. Only one of these two teams will be crowned champions when the final whistle blows all over Portugal this Sunday. At exactly 13:30 EST / 17:30 GMT / 19:30 CET, all eight final fixtures will kick off.
Paços de Ferreira vs Porto and Benfica vs Moreirense are the two encounters that will dominate viewership. Live Soccer TV reminds viewers in the United States to watch both fixtures on ESPN3 this Sunday. In addition to going live on ESPN3 in USA, the Pacos de Ferreira vs Porto match will also enjoy live broadcast on RTP Internacional and Sport TV Americas in Canada.
Paços de Ferreira fans have enjoyed the most successful season in their club's history. On Sunday, a week after claiming a spot in the qualification round of the Champions League next season, Paços will get a chance to spoil the anticipated title party for Porto.
A last minute victory over Benfica on Saturday will not only have the Porto players full of confidence, but they now only depend on themselves to reclaim the title. Is Vítor Pereira's side going to be able to handle the euphoria heading into the Mata Real, or will this season's surprise team make things interesting?
We will take a look at their previous meetings and any potential patterns that could have any influence on the match come Sunday afternoon.
Miami Beach, Florida (May 10, 2013) – All eight matches from the Portuguese Primeira Liga are scheduled to take place on Saturday May 11, 2013. One fixture, in particular, will captivate the public: Porto vs Benfica
It is Portugal’s very own version of El Clasico in Spain, called 'O Classico'. Millions of football fans around the globe are looking to catch every second of this weekend’s match. LiveSoccerTV.com (@LiveSoccerTV) can feed you with info on where to watch Porto vs Benfica live at 15:30 EST / 19:30 GMT / 21:30 CET on Saturday.
Since Monday’s 1-1 draw at home to Estoril, the Portuguese Primeira Liga title is not Benfica’s to lose anymore. The Lisbon-based giants are indeed above any other team on the league table. However, the two-point gap between the first and second spots means that the Dragons of Porto can bring down the flying Eagles of Benfica this Saturday.
As a fan, what more could you ask for than the possibility of being able to claim the league title against your rival? While it may sound appealing and exciting, it could also end up being a complete disappointment. On Saturday, Benfica and Porto will both be out to give their fans something to smile about, as they will go head to head in what will be the title match.
Playing in their 79th league meeting in the city of Porto, the visitors do not have the greatest record on their rivals home ground, but all of that will not matter, given the circumstances.
From their 78 meetings in the league, Benfica has only managed to defeat Porto at the Estádio do Dragão or Estádio das Antas on 12 occasions. That is approximately 15% of their league meetings. As for the hosts, they have managed an incredible 47 victories, amounting to approximately 60%, with the other 19 matches ending in a draw.