Last weekend, FC Porto missed the successful title defense in the domestic championship. The Red Eagles from Lisbon returned to the throne and secured the title in the Portuguese Liga NOS. This weekend is the season in the country of the reigning European champions with the final in the Portuguese Cup competition completed.
The endgame can be called a “deja-vu” for two reasons. In the National Stadium of Portugal, just 20 kilometers from Lisbon, Porto meets Sporting Lisbon!
Today’s Football Tips Porto vs Sporting Lisbon
A Deja-vu is this duel, because even in the Portuguese League Cup, the two teams faced each other. Sporting Lisbon scored the lucky title win on penalties. In addition, the green lions from Lisbon last weekend in the course of the 34th match day with the Dragons from Porto. For the dethroned champion from Porto, the final in the cup is the last chance to win another trophy this season. The pressure is accordingly on the shoulders of the new runner-up, while Sporting can play relatively freed and dream of the Cup Double. The game starts on Saturday evening at 18:15.
Porto – Statistics & Current Form
Four draws and three defeats were in the end too much – the FC Porto missed in the domestic championship successful title defense. Two points are behind the great archrival Benfica Lisbon. Despite the runner-up, the team of head coach Sergio Conceicao can be quite satisfied with the performances shown. After all, the Portuguese reached the quarter-finals of the premier class, were in the League Cup final and now have the chance to win the really important Cup competition in Portugal.
In the process, the dethroned champion can go into this final in the National Stadium of Portugal with a broad chest. In the last ten league games, FC Porto have scored no less than 28 out of a possible 30 points – only Porto lost to Rio Ave FC. However, this draw was not decisive in the championship match, as Porto had also lost out due to the poorer goal difference. Porto had to concede only 20 goals in 34 league games this season. The defense is certainly one of the big strengths. In a final game, safety will be a top priority for both teams and that’s why a final without many hits is possible. For a under 2.5 between Porto and Sporting Lisbon are offered odds 1.75.
In the Cup final, former world goalkeeper Iker Casillas will not be available after suffering a heart attack in training. However, he has firmly rejected rumors that this means his retirement. Currently, however, the health has priority, because since this week is also known that his wife Sara is seriously ill with cancer. Vana Alves got the confidence from Sergio Conceicao and has been in good shape in the last three games. In addition to Casillas Porto must also do without the Mexican winger Jesus Corona, who was made in the finish last weekend with red from the place.
Expected formation of Porto:
↪ Vana Alves – Telles, Felipe, Pepe, Militao – Brahimi, Pereira, Herrera, Otavio – Marega, Tiquinho Soares
Last matches of Porto:
⚽️ 18.05.2019 – Porto vs. Sporting Lisbon 2: 1 (Primeira Liga)
⚽️ 12.05.2019 – Nacional Funchal Vs. Porto 0: 4 (Primeira League)
⚽️ 04.05.2019 – Porto vs.. Desportivo Aves 4: 0 (Primeira Liga)
⚽️ 26.04.2019 – Rio Ave FC vs. Porto 2: 2 (Primeira League)
⚽️ 20.04.2019 – Porto vs.. Santa Clara 1-0 (Primeira Liga)
Sporting Lisbon – Statistics & Current Form
Third place, triumph in the League Cup and also a triumph in the normal cup? If Dutch head coach Marcel Keizer really succeeds, hardly a fan of Jorge Jesus would cry a tear. Twelve months ago, uncertainty dominated among the green lions from Lisbon. The chaos in the management level caused a major change. Many important and longtime regulars have left the club, on the side of the newcomers sounding names were not necessarily found. In the winter European Champion Nani went to America to Major League Soccer. But Keizer formed from a team, which is considered sober significantly weaker than city rivals Benfica Lisbon or even final opponents Porto, a team that rarely had to cope with a slip-up. Sporting Lisbon paid over half a million euros in November for Keizer, who now has an outstanding 26-5-6 record in 36 competitive matches. On average, no less than 2.22 points per game were collected. The outstanding player under Keizer is midfielder Bruno Fernandes. The offensive player has scored 20 league goals and 13 assists from midfield. If Pep Guardiola remain at Manchester City, the 24-year-old is allegedly one of the wishing players in the Citizens.
The League Cup, which Sporting won not only in 2019, but also in 2018, does not enjoy a great reputation in Portugal. The Taca de Portugal, however, quite and with the victory on Saturday evening, the green-whites from Lisbon for the first time since 2015, could win a major Portuguese title again. In the league Sporting was ultimately eleven points behind FC Porto. However, also the Keizer-Elf has a strong form. The 1: 2 defeat last weekend was the first defeat after 14 official games without bankruptcy. However, Sporting Lisbon was not in the best position and could have put Porto almost a leg. Sporting is certainly not without chance. Nevertheless, the squad of the runner-up is higher. In addition, Sporting is foreign – and the National Stadium is a foreign place – much weaker than in the domestic Estadio Jose Alvalade. Due to the injury-related failures of Jefferson (center-back), Rodrigo Battaglia (central midfielder) as well as the suspension of full-backs Ristovski and Borja is in the cup final between Porto and Sporting Lisbon, a prediction on the capital Eleven probably too risky.
Expected formation of Sporting Lisbon:
↪ Ribeiro – Jefferson, Mathieu, Coates, Gaspar – Petrovic, Gudelj – Acuna, Fernandes, Raphinha – Dost
Last matches of Sporting Lisbon:
⚽️ 18.05.2019 – Porto vs. Sporting Lisbon 2: 1 (Primeira Liga)
⚽️ 11.05.2019 – Sporting Lisbon Vs. CD Tondela 1: 1 (Primeira League)
⚽️ 05.05.2019 – Belenenses vs Sporting Lisbon 1: 8 (Primeira Liga)
⚽️ 27.04.2019 – Sporting Lisbon Vs. Vitória Guimarães 2: 0 (Primeira Liga)
⚽️ 19.04.2019 – Nacional Funchal Vs. Sporting Lisbon 0: 1 (Primeira Liga)
Porto vs Sporting Lisbon Direct Comparison
The last meeting is only a few days back. On the final day of the regular season, it came to this duel, which FC Porto could win in front of home crowd despite a 0: 1 deficit 2-1. A prestige success without value, as Benfica won at the same time the home game against Santa Clara sovereign. Although Porto had no chance on the title, the Conceicao-Elf fought until the end to fix the victory. Porto acted from 20 minutes in excess, but could not exploit them for a long time. Finally, the first victory of the season could be fixed in the third duel. In addition to the two league games, the two teams faced each other in the final of the League Cup, which Sporting Lisbon won on penalties.
Porto vs Sporting Lisbon Football Betting Tips Explained
The 1: 2 defeat at Estadio Dragao was for Sporting Lisbon already the fifth league game in series, which could not be won against FC Porto. While the balance in the league speaks a clear language for the runner-up, can the younger Cup balance Sporting Lisbon hope. Both 2018 and 2019 saw Sporting Lisbon prevail on penalties; especially dramatic was the League Cup final this year, after Bas Dost forced the penalty shootout in minute 92. Odds of over 2.50 are currently being offered for the Cup of Green Lions in the final between Porto and Sporting Lisbon.
Key Facts – Porto vs Sporting Lisbon tips
⭐️ Porto scored 28 out of 30 possible points in the last ten league matches!
⭐️ The 2-1 victory last weekend was Porto’s first win of the season against Sporting – Sporting prevailed in the League Cup final!
⭐️ After the chaos in the summer of 2018 Sporting could crown the season with the cup double!
FC Porto is considered by the bookies as the clear favorite and betting odds of 2.00 are offered for a win in regular time. The Conceicao Elf can handle the corona failure with certainty. Porto has a stronger squad in both the top and the bottom than the green lions. Although the last cup matches speak for Sporting Lisbon, the chances for the second Porto victory within only seven days are quite positive. Due to the importance of the game and the strong defensive lines of both teams would also be interesting between Porto and Sporting Lisbon a tip on the under 2.5. However, the decision ultimately falls on the victory of FC Porto in the regular season.
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