Benfica hosts FC Porto in Taça de Portugal final. The match will be played on Saturday, August 1st at Estádio EFAPEL Cidade de Coimbra (Coimbra)
Benfica started very confidently in the past championship. Most of it was in the lead in the standings. The team gained 18 victories in the first 19 rounds of the championship. But having slowed down at the beginning of February and lost just to the Dragons in Porto, the Eagles began to lose their advantage. After the restart of the tournament, Benfica gained only one victory in seven matches, lost two times and scored only seven points, thereby giving a great chance to the Dragons. Porto immediately took advantage of the given chance and removed Benfica from the first line. It climbed there and did not descend from it until the finish of the tournament.
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Porto is Porto. It is a very experienced and patient club, which knows how to adhere to its strategy to the end, which it once again proved in the last championship. At the equator, it seemed that the question of the champion was practically settled. And many believed that the Eagles would make a double (they won the championship the year before). However, Porto had a different opinion. It bided its time and succeeded. The Dragons inflicted the first two defeats on the contemporary leader of the tournament. And they seized power in the standings and did not give the slightest chance to the Eagles to approach themselves.
However, this won title can play Old Harry with Porto in the cup final, as happened with Benfica in the middle of the championship. The final will be held in Coimbra, so no one has the advantage of the home field. The teams are equal in terms of the squad, and there are enough European-class performers here and there. There are two factors on Benfica's side - the champion's complacency that I have already mentioned and the anger of Benfica. I don’t know whether the Eagles will be able to beat Porto and win any other trophy besides the silver medals of the championship (they have already left the Europa League). But I think Benfica will at least not lose in regulation time.
Prediction for the match: Benfica to win with +0.5 handicap