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.
Interim manager Luis Castro has helped put the side back on the path to success. With the league title looking to be out of reach, the reigning Portuguese Champions will look to the domestic cup competition as a main objective.
The Taça de Portugal is a very prestigious competition in Portugal, and neither side will want to pass up on an opportunity to defeat their rival.
Porto have won the competition 16 times, with their last coming in the 2010-11 season. A 2-6 victory over Guimarães capped off a cup and league double for the blue and whites. Benfica has enjoyed more success in this competition, as they are the record holders, having won on 24 occasions.
Their last victory in the Taça de Portugal was in the 2003-04 season, making it a very distant memory. Last year they made it to the final, only to come up short against Guimarães, who defeated the Lisbon side 2-1.
After last seasons complete meltdown, Jorge Jesus has this Benfica squad firing on all cylinders, but a meeting between Porto and Benfica does not always depend on who is playing better. From their last 10 meetings at the Estádio do Dragão, Benfica have only won twice. Both victories were by a 0-2 score line, with their latest coming in the Taça de Portugal during the 2010-11 season.
Of those 10 meetings, Porto won five, with both teams drawing three times.
This match promises to be highly entertaining. Porto are trying to establish themselves once again domestically, after some tough times under Paulo Fonseca. Getting a victory tonight over their rivals would offer the players and their fans a big lift.
Benfica will want to continue their fine form across all competitions. Their last defeat came in November of 2013, when they lost 1-0 away to Olympiakos in the Champions League. Since then, they have gone unbeaten in their last 27 fixtures.
Watch Porto vs Benfica live on Wednesday, March 26, 2014:
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