Dragons and Eagles fly low and the Lions look ready to attack

After the draw that decided nothing, Benfica and Porto go back to their calendar, knowing that any slip up will be the perfect opportunity for their rivals to take all the momentum.

Benfica have the upper hand, with their advantage of one point, and with the tiebreaker in Liga Nos being the head-to-head results instead of goal difference, they know they ‘only’ have to win all their matches and they will be champions. It’s the exact same situation as last year, where Rui Vitoria’s team faced went for 8 straight wins after the derby against Sporting to snatch the title.

Benfica will also have the information about FC Porto’s result against Belenenses, but it’s always a tricky situation in knowing what will come next, despite having that kind of knowledge available. Nuno Espirito Santo and his Dragoes are perfectly aware of this.

The stage was set against VFC for a convincing win, after Benfica risked their top spot by conceding a draw at Pacos de Ferreira. But Porto could not get the result everyone thought they would, and they went to Estadio da Luz needing a win, yet ended up fairly happy with the result of the match. It’s not wrong to assume that, at a given point and with Iker Casillas being the centre of attention, Porto’s manager ordered the team to stay back and save the draw, especially knowing that Benfica still has to go to a stadium that will be boiling to avenge the bad memories from last season. And even in this round, Porto has a very the same type of match that they before the match against Benfica, and the Aguias again travel to a very small, compacted pitch against Moreirense, a team that beat Benfica en route to claim the League Cup. They should both be winning their matches, but they also couldn’t get the job done two rounds ago, and looked afraid to go for the final blow in their faceoff.

It’s not wrong to assume that, at a given point and with Iker Casillas being the centre of attention, Porto’s manager ordered the team to stay back and play for the draw, especially knowing that Benfica still have to go to a stadium that will be boiling to avenge the bad memories from last season. And even in this round, Porto have the same type of match that they before the match against Benfica, and the

And even in this round, Porto have the same type of match as the one prior to the Benfica affair, and the Aguias again travel to a very small, compact pitch against Moreirense, a team that beat Benfica en route to claim the League Cup. They should both be winning their matches, but they also couldn’t get the job done two rounds ago, and looked afraid to go for the final blow in their faceoff.

Still relaxed as their rivals are still far away, Sporting host Boavista, a team that have fallen deep after their glory in 2000/01, joining the very prestigious group of clubs that have won the league (The big 3 and Belenenses). Iuri Medeiros won’t be able to show his magic as he’s on loan from Sporting, and that will cripple the Axadrezados, and the Leoes will want to help Bas Dost in getting a couple of goals in order to try to put some pressure on one of the title contenders. Jorge Jesus knows that there’s a huge difference in having to face the playoff or going straight to the group stage, and 2nd place will achieve you the latter.

After the draw between Benfica and Porto, everything seemingly stood still in Portuguese football, with the week being marked by the Liga Nos leaders – and also VSC – guaranteeing that they will play the final of the Portuguese Cup to finish the season. League wise, though, and everyone is expecting to see how the big rivals will fare after the unfolding of April’s fools.

About the Author

Pedro Maria Coito Castano
A football geek that can answer what's the height of that non-league midfielder. With no ability to play the game, but a keen eye to observe it, I've had a minor role as an assistant manager at an U-13 team in Portugal (Belenenses) and did some scouting for CS Maritimo (also from Portugal), and have a need to be ahead of everyone in terms of who the next big star will be