Friday, March 1, 2019, 11h17

Liga NOS: X-ray of FC Porto

Football

Benfica’s opponent plays at home and is on the back of three wins in a row; the players under Bruno Lage want to reach the 9th consecutive triumph in the National Championship and the table’s top spot.

Benfica travels to Estádio do Dragão this Saturday at 8:30 pm to play matchday 24 of the Liga NOS. FC Porto and Benfica will lock horns, with eagles looking for the 9th consecutive win in the competition and, consequently, the League’s top spot.

The clássico marks a lot more than just a duel between the first two places. It also a match between the best attack (Benfica, with 64 goals scored) and the best defense (FC Porto, with 12 goals conceded). The eagles are also the team with the best away record in the Liga NOS (28 points in 12 matches), and the best attack in the games at home and the only emblem that has already surpassed the  40-goal barrier – 41 – in front of its fans. The dragons are the most effective defense away from home, with only six goals conceded.

Raio-X do FC Porto

Top 5 goal scorers (all competitions)

PLAYER GOALS
Marega 16
Tiquinho Soares 15
Brahimi 10
Herrera 7
Corona 5

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Top 5 assist providers (all competitions)

PLAYER ASSISTS
Alex Telles 9
Corona 9
Otávio 8
Óliver Torres 7
Brahimi 6

Sérgio Conceição usually sets the team in a 4x3x3 formation, being able to change a 4x4x2, with two powerful strikers. In the last match, against SC Braga, for the Portuguese Cup, the coach carried out several changes and fielded the following starting XI: Fabiano; Wilson Manafá, Felipe, Pepe, Alex Telles; Herrera, Óliver Torres, Otávio, Corona; Adrián López, and Fernando Andrade.

Considering the most used players this season, FC Porto has been playing in 4x3x3, with Casillas; Maxi Pereira, Felipe, Éder Militão, Alex Telles; Danilo, Herrera, Óliver Torres; Corona, Brahimi, and Marega.

Raio-X do FC Porto

Top 5 shooters in the Liga NOS

PLAYER SHOTS
Tiquinho Soares 56
Marega 47
Brahimi 37
Fernando Andrade 34
Herrera 28

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Top 5 crossing in the Liga NOS

PLAYER COSSES
Alex Telles 118
Corona 75
Herrera 36
Maxi Pereira 35
Marega 32

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Top 5 passing in the Liga NOS

PLAYER PASSES
Herrera 1103
Felipe 1073
Éder Militão 932
Alex Telles 837
Óliver Torres 695

In this segment, FC Porto is in the pursuit of Benfica, the undisputed leader, with 11 184 passes performed and an accuracy close to 84.  Porto has amassed 9796 passes, an average of 394 per game, and an accuracy close to 83%.

Text: Marco Rebelo

Pics: Liga Portugal

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