O Clássico, in other words Benfica v Porto, is one of the biggest matches on Sunday 15th of April. A Super Sunday of football, you could say. Benfica v Porto unfortunately is very underrated as a football match, and will likely be dismissed in comparison to PSG vs Monaco or the Lazio vs AS Roma derby.
Benfica v Porto, O Clássico. A match that completely shuts down Portugal on Sunday. One of the most interesting matches of the weekend, in my opinion the most interesting. The other big matches of the weekend are; AC Milan vs Napoli and Derby della Capitale from Serie A, both on Sunday. Then there is biggest match in French football, lately anyway, PSG vs AS Monaco also on Sunday. On Saturday there is Barcelona vs Valencia from La Liga and an unusual late kickoff from Premier League; Tottenham vs MCFC.
Benfica v Porto, also known as “O Clássico”. Basically its a match between the two of the best, biggest, most successful and wealthiest clubs in Portugal. But it’s also a city rivalry, between two of the biggest cities in Portugal, Lisbon and Porto.
The first ever “O Clássico” was played 28th of April, in 1912, roughly 106 years ago. The match has been played 237 times ever since, on some form or another. Porto being the more successful side in O Clássico and in Europe, Benfica being the otherwise most successful club in Portugal.
This season, the competition is as fierce as ever, as the teams are separated only by 1 point in the Primeira Liga table after 29 matches. Benfica is 1st with 74 points followed by Porto in 2nd with 73 points. Winner of Benfica v Porto will very likely go on to win the title.
The most famous, or infamous names connected to Benfica v Porto, or O Clássico
Bela Guttman.The infamous manager of Benfica, who at first was the manager of Porto, and later on had a very successful spell with Benfica. The curse of Bela Guttman, still lives strong within Benfica. He had just won the European Cup in 1962 with Benfica, and wanted a pay rise. The Benfica board refused, and Bela Guttman quit his job, but only after declaring the following;
“Not in a hundred years from now will Benfica ever be European champions”
The rest is history, Benfica has reached 8 European Final’s since the “Bela Guttman curse”, and has not won once.
Jose Mourinho is another man who has had a connection with both club’s, managing Benfica in 2000 and Porto in 2002-2004. His spell in Porto was far more successful as he won both Europa League and Champions League, paving the way for him to become one of the most well-known managers in modern football.
Eusebio. The man, the myth, the legend also left his mark on O Clássico. He’s the 2nd highest goalscorer of this tie with 16 goals to his name, only beaten by Jose Augas wth 18 goals. Augas was the striker of the highly successful Guttman era of Benfica.
Benfica v Porto statistics
- First Primeira Liga encounter of the season ended in 0-0 draw.
- This on-coming match will be the 168th league match between Benfica and Porto.
- Out of the previous 167 league matches; Porto has won 65, Benfica 55 and 47 of the matches has ended as a draw.
- In all competitions, there has been 237 matches; of which Porto has won 91, Benfica 86 while 60 of the matches has ended in a draw.
- H2H last 5 Primeira Liga matches; Porto 2W, 3D.
- Last three matches has ended in a draw, both matches last season 1-1 and the first match of the season ended in 0-0.
- Benfica has not won Porto in Primeira Liga match since 2014.
- Benfica is undefeated in Primeira Liga this season, winning 13 and drawing once.
- Benfica is on a 9 match winning streak.
- Porto has won 9 of their 14 away matches in Primeira Liga this season.
- Most common result of Benfica vs Porto is 1-1 (14 times).
- Biggest Benfica home victory; 12-2
- Biggest Porto away victory; 0-5
- All time honours, Benfica: 81 major honours, including but not excluded to; Portuguese Primera liga 36 times. Taça de Portugal (Portuguese Cup) 26 times. Taça de Liga (League cup) 7 times. European Cup 2 times.
- All time honours, Porto: 74 major honours, including but not excluded to; Portuguese Primera Liga 27 times. Taça de Portugal (Portuguese Cup) 16 times. European Cup/Champions League 2 times. UEFA Cup/Europa League 2 times and 1 UEFA Super Cup.
- One of the most infamous names in Portuguese football is Bela Guttman. The Hungarian manager has managed both Porto AND Benfica, one with much better success. But he’s also almost MORE famous in a negative light; To make long story short, he cast a “curse” on Benfica once he was denied a payrise in midst of the glory years in Benfica. That Benfica would not win an European cup in 100 years. Interestingly, Benfica have gone on to lose all eight of their subsequent European finals. Some in quite dramatic way as well, making the story that is “curse of Bela Guttman” to almost have a life on its own.
- Benfica v Porto kick-off 18.00 on Sunday 15th of April.
Benfica v Porto best odds
- Betsson odds: Benfica 2.36, draw 3.15, Porto 2.95
- NordicBet odds: Benfica 2.36, draw 3.15, Porto 2.95
- Unibet odds: Benfica 2.35, draw 3.15, Porto 3.05
- William Hill odds: Benfica 2.37, draw 3.20, Porto 2.80
Best odds for Benfica victory are offered by William Hill, although the difference is marginal at best. Best odds for draw are also offered by William Hill. Best odds for Porto victory are offered by Unibet. O Clássico will be available for stream from Betsson and Unibet Live. As will AC Milan vs Napoli, Lasio vs AS Roma and PSG vs Monaco, check out the stream calendar for kick-off time and availability of other matches of Sunday 15th of April.
Benfica v Porto is just one of the big matches being played on Sunday 15th of April. Other noteworthy matches on Sunday is AC Milan vs Napoli and Derby della Capitale from Serie A, as well as PSG vs AS Monaco from Ligue 1. On Saturday 14th of April there are also few great match-up’s, such as Barcelona vs Valencia from La Liga and Tottenham vs MCFC from Premier League.