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: 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: After watching Sporting win on Sunday, Benfica is now under pressure
Sunday’s result between Sporting and Porto will apply some pressure to Benfica on Monday. The current league leaders are four points clear of their Lisbon rivals, but could move back to seven points with a victory against Nacional.
Jorge Jesus’ squad has been in impressive form this season, despite their slow start to the 2013/14 campaign.
Undefeated in their last 24 matches across all competitions, Benfica will try to make it 25. Their last defeat was in Greece against Olympiakos, in a match that could well have been won, had it not been for a stellar performance from the Greek’s goalkeeper.
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: Sporting aiming to end their winless streak at the Estádio da Luz
The Lisbon Derby always brings out the best of both these clubs. Sporting’s recent record at the Estádio da Luz should also give them some extra incentive to want to come out on top.
This meeting between Lisbon’s giants will involve a lot of passion, rivalry and love for the game. When Benfica and Sporting CP meet, it always means more than just a match, or even just the three points that are at stake. And on Sunday afternoon, both these sides will battle for the top spot in the Portuguese League.
Sunday’s match will be their 301st official meeting against each other.
Preview: Hosts want to distance themselves, while Arouca tries to climb the league standings
Benfica is even on points with their same city rivals Sporting CP at the top of the table, but a victory on Friday would move them three points clear. Friday's match will also be Jorge Jesus' 400th match in the Portuguese League, but due to a suspension, he will have to watch the match from the stands.
Since his arrival at the club, the Portuguese manager has turned the Lisbon side into an offensive powerhouse.
Preview: Lisbon Derby takes center stage in the Portuguese capital
For years now, Benfica and Sporting CP have been battling it out for supremacy in the Portuguese capital. Unfortunately for the Lions, they have not been able to jump ahead of their same city rivals. On Saturday, they will meet again in the Portuguese Cup, in a match that promises to have a lot of excitement.
Both sides have already met in the domestic league this season, with Benfica grabbing a 1-1 draw at the Estadio Jose Alvalade.
Preview: Benfica's dominance in the Lisbon Derby could be put to the test
These two Lisbon sides have been battling it out for years, but over time, Benfica's dominance in the Portuguese capital has been more than evident. The Águias have claimed a record 32 Portuguese League titles, to Sporting's 18.
And although Sporting finished outside of the European spots last season, the Leões seem poised to put themselves back in the discussion for the title race.
For years now they have struggled with poor management, a number of suspect signings, as well as lack of payment to their players. Since the arrival of their new president, things have changed at the Estádio José Alvalade. The players have more confidence, they have a squad that believes in themselves and their manager, and the fans can finally smile after a long road of disappointment.
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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.
When Oscar Cardozo arrived at Benfica on June 21, 2007, fans had never heard of him. After six years with the club, Cardozo is not only a well known name, but he has managed to earn himself a spot in Benfica's history books.
He may not be the quickest, or the flashiest, but his ability to put the ball in the back of the net has made up for what ever he may lack. Missing the occasional tap in is something he can be accused of, but more often than not, he tends to bounce back from that let down.
From his 161 goals scored for the Lisbon side, all of that went out the window after the final whistle against Vitoria Guimaraes in the Portuguese Cup Final.
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.
It was the summer of 2003 when a tall and somewhat unknown Brazilian central defender arrived at the Estadio da Luz, ready to begin his European Football career. Having played 62 matches for Cruzeiro, Luisao was considered to be a hot prospect, and Benfica just so happened to be the side that took a chance on him.
Since his arrival in Lisbon, the Brazilian international endured some tough times early on at the club. He was under performing and he really struggled to find consistency and confidence in his game. It had come to a point that he was on the verge of heading back to Brazil to play with more regularity, in an attempt to find his confidence once again.
The last decade has brought Benfica fans a handful of mixed emotions. From pure excitement to complete disbelief, the Lisbon club has been involved in some of the most thrilling matches, just as they have been on the end of some very disappointing results.
Leading up to the last month of their 2012/13 campaign, one would have thought that the Águias were heading for a historic finish. They were within reaching distance of the finish line, only to have tripped on their own feet, forcing them to watch their rivals cross the line before them.
As if that was not enough heartache, failing to finish things off in the Europa League Final and the Taça de Portugal Final left Jorge Jesus' side asking questions of themselves and their manager.
The final whistle at the Estádio dos Barreiros brought a certain confidence to Benfica, their players and their fans. Their celebrations in the center of the pitch after a 1-2 victory were those of a team that had fought long and hard all season, only to now be within reaching distance of the league title, with just three matches remaining.
What happened after Benfica's trip to Madeira will certainly go down in history, not only for the Portuguese League, but for Benfica as well.
How is it possible that a team with a four point advantage, heading into the final three matches of the campaign can throw that all away? Not to mention that two of those final three were at home.
"One victory is not going to save our season," were the words of Jorge Jesus in his press conference leading up to Sunday's match against V. Guimaraes.
The Portuguese manager has come under some fire over the last week or so after Benfica managed to lose the Portuguese League and the Europa League Final, but majority of Benfica fans and their President are confident that Jesus is still the the man for the job.
"All throughout the season we have said that the domestic league and the Taca de Portugal were our main priorities. This final is part of our objectives that we had initially set, but this one match will not save our 2012/13 campaign," Jesus told reporters.
Three negative results in all competitions has Benfica on the verge of throwing away a second title in a week. With one point separating them from the top spot in the Portuguese League, the Águias will not only need to win their match, but they will also need a positive result at the Mata Real Stadium.
Needing the full three points at home against Moreirense is a given for the Benfica players, but what is not a given is the actual victory.
The last two league matches for the Lisbon side have not been all that impressive, although the final result may not tell the full story of the match.
Despite a last ditch goal at the Estádio do Dragão from Porto's Kelvin, Benfica fans thought they had seen it all. How much worst could it really get? After Wednesday's match in Amsterdam, things got much worst for the Lisbon giants.
Taking a look back at their season, Jorge Jesus looked destined to claim at least one title, if not maybe two, but after their last two matches, even their Taça de Portugal match against Guimarães does not look promising.
Fans will ask how it is possible to concede two decisive goals in the final minute of a match, and while there is not a specific answer to that question, lack of experience and focus may well have been a main contributor.
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.