Porto vs Sporting – Taça de Portugal: The Taça de Portugal’s semi-finals are played in 2 legs, so separated in terms of time
That put the teams involved under an extra dose of caution.
The moment of form that FC Porto and Sporting are currently on, at the beginning of February, has nothing to do with what both teams will be going through in April, when they play the 2nd leg of this tie.
Therefore, if gaining an advantage here can be important, it is more important to not throw everything away.
That message will count especially for Sporting. The Lions have once again slipped up, losing the interim leadership of Liga NOS, suffering their first loss in domestic competitions this season.
Against Estoril, Sporting has repeated mistakes and weaknesses felt over the course of the majority of the season so far, conceding too much space and showing difficulties to create goal scoring chances, with the aggravating factor of, this time, having actually conceded 2 goals without being able to score a single one.
The absences of Gelson Martins and Bas Dost have made matters worse for them, but they will have to revert their situation at Estádio do Dragão.
For FC Porto, this is a good time. After having been eliminated on the League Cup’s semi-finals by this same Sporting, Wednesday’s match will have the taste of revenge.
Sérgio Conceição’s team had a good showing of quality by beating Sporting de Braga, after dropping points in Moreira de Cónegos.
Back to first place, that they might even have with an enlarged advantage, the Dragons are considered to be the more prepared team to approach this match looking to score and gain an advantage over a fragilized opponent.
Porto vs Sporting – Betting Tip and Prediction:
The trend of the season, on the matches against the big teams, has been Sporting offering the initiative to the opponent.
Nothing points towards it being any different on this Taça de Portugal meeting, with Jorge Jesus maybe enjoying this match, however, to look for more depth on their game, just like it happened in the Champions League.
That’s a small detail that FC Porto’s defence should keep in mind..
|Under 2.5 goals||