Porto vs Tondela – Liga NOS: Porto is the team that has been playing the best football in Portugal and therefore they have been leading the league practically since the start of the season.
The Dragons have now lost that lead, although it is only provisionally, since they still have to finish the match against Estoril.
FC Porto wants to return to victories and they need to be strong here because then they will start preparing the League Cup’s semi-finals, where they will face Sporting.
FC Porto on their last 2 matches have dropped a little bit in terms of production, especially due to bad starts to the first half, where they were trailing at half-time both at home with Guimarães and away from home with Estoril.
For this match, Brahimi should return to FC Porto’s starting line-up and his return is very welcome for them, who really missed the Algerian during his absence.
Tondela is a team that is making a good campaign, having a good advantage to the teams who are on the relegation zone and this season.
In principle, if they don’t have any unusual downturn, they will escape scotch-free the fight to avoid relegation, after two seasons where they pulled off 2 miracles to escape being relegated to the 2nd tier.
Tondela, on the match at home against FC Porto, have lost 1-0, but they put up a good fight, leaving the impression they were a fierce team with a lot of attitude inside the pitch.
They already won in tough grounds, such as Guimarães’ for example. Tondela travels to Porto looking to get some points and try to take advantage of the flaws FC Porto showed on their last few matches, where they were somewhat inconsistent.
FC Porto vs Tondela – Betting Tip and Prediction:
FC Porto should start off strong, trying to get back to the winning ways at all costs after the curious incident at Estoril, where they only played 45 minutes of the match and where FC Porto, not having been inferior to the home side, ended up not being the best team and being on a disadvantage during the first 45 minutes.
FC Porto hasn’t led at half-time on their last 3 matches, but against Tondela, I believe they will be able to start off strong and reach the advantage on the first 45 minutes, even because their schedule will get tighter and they can’t ease up.
I expect a fierce entrance from the Dragons and Tondela will really struggle to withstand the strong pace that the host will impose, so I’m going with FC Porto to lead at half-time.
|1st Half – FC Porto to win||