FC Porto – Sporting TIPS from insiders (07.02.2018)

Porto and Sporting Lisbon meet at Stadium Do Dragão, in a match for this phase of the Taça de Portugal (Semi-finals). In this stadium, the history of direct confrontations is favorable to the home team, which records 3 wins and 2 losses in the last 5 matches.

In fact, the last time these two teams played a match at this stadium was on 02-02-2017, in a match for the Primeira Liga that ended with the victory of Porto by (2-1). The goals of the match were scored by Tiquinho (6 ‘and 40’), for Porto, and A. Ruiz (60 ‘), for Sporting Lisboa.

FC Porto :

The home team reaches this stage of the Taça de Portugal (Semi-finals) after having played previous qualifiers with: Moreirense, Vitória Guimarães, Portimonense and Lusitano GC Évora. The team comes to this match after a home victory over Sporting Braga by (3-1). In the last 10 home matches for all competitions, Porto have won 9 and tied 1.

For this competition, it records a sequence of 4 victories in its last matches. Their attack has scored regularly, since they have scored at least one goal in each of the last 4 matches for this competition. In their away matches there is a tendency for goals, since 19 of the last 26 matches have ended with Over 2,5 goals.

FC Porto come to this game motivated, after having won a home victory over Braga, 3-1, returning to the triumphs after two games without defeating. In the last 10 games played, FC Porto scored 8 wins and only 2 draws. In this first leg of the Portuguese Cup semifinal, coach Sérgio Conceição must act with a dominant strategy, benefiting possession of the ball and organized attacks. Nevertheless, in some moments of the game he will have to play in a more direct way, looking to take advantage of forward Marega’s speed. The Cameroonian Vincent Aboubakar is the best score of FC Porto in all competitions, with 26 goals scored. For this game the coach can not count on Danilo Pereira, André André, Fabiano and Marcano, all with physical problems.

Sporting :

Until reaching this stage of the Taça de Portugal (Semi-finals), the visiting team eliminated: Cova Piedade, Vilaverdense, Famalicão and Oleiros. The team comes to this match after a defeat away with Estoril by (2-0). In the last 10 away matches for all competitions, Sporting Lisboa has won 5, tied 3 and lost 2.

In this competition, he won the last 4 matches he played. Their attack has scored regularly, since they have scored at least one goal in each of the last 4 matches for this competition. In their home matches there is a tendency for goals, since 26 of the last 27 matches have ended with Over 1,5 goals. In the last 12 home matches for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: they have conceded 6 of their 13 goals between minutes (76’-90 ‘).

Sporting Lisbon arrives at this game without great motivation, after having suffered the first defeat in the Portuguese league, as they lost in the visit to one of the last qualifiers, Estoril, by 0-2. With that defeat he lost once again the first position of the Portuguese league. In fact, it should be noted that the visitors do not go through a very positive phase, since they have registered only 4 victories in the last 10 matches played. Without great surprises, the coach Jorge Jesus should opt for a defensive strategy, looking only for the counterattack. Despite the lack of confidence that goes through, Sporting must dominate and create good opportunities to score. The Dutch Bas Dost is the highlight of this Sporting, with 25 goals scored, however, will be absent from this game due to an injury. In addition to this player, the visiting coach can not count on Podence and Gelson Martins, both injured.

Insider TIP: FC Porto to win – 1.67

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