Sporting vs Porto – Taça de Portugal: A big week for those who follow Portuguese football.
After the derby between Benfica and FC Porto that gave the leadership of Liga NOS back to the dragons.
The Taça de Portugal’s semi-finals occupy a Thursday evening that promises to be exciting.
FC Porto will have a word to say on this Wednesday’s match. The team achieved their great objective of the week, which was recovering the leadership of the league, and this match brings them a very different challenge from the one they faced at Estádio da Luz.
Sérgio Conceição’s men have the advantage from the 1st leg, despite being short, and they will have to present themselves in this match in a way that isn’t the more usual for them. The caution will speak louder in this case.
For Sporting, their current moment of form is very positive. The team left the knockout tie against Atlético de Madrid reinforced, like in fact it had been anticipated at the time of the draw.
Playing against a powerful opponent would make it harder for them to advance, but it increased the chances that it would be worked on a mental level. That happened, with a victory last Thursday and then stronger exhibitions in the league.
The fact that they are, now, only dependent of themselves to reach the 2nd place, also opens up new perspectives for Jorge Jesus’ side.
It is certain that both teams want to reach the final, and that FC Porto’s advantage is very short on this context. A Sporting’s goal puts things all tied up when it comes to deciding which team advances onto the final.
The two teams had rough matches past Sunday, which means neither of them will be at a disadvantage in terms of fatigue. At the same time, both have been dealing with injuries that condition some of their choices and the options to present in this match.
Sporting vs FC Porto – Betting Tip and Prediction:
A Sporting with a clear offensive focus is the most expected here, trying to reach the goal that allows them to dream about reaching the final.
A rigorous FC Porto, but still with some spaces conceded to the rival, might have to hope for another great showing from Iker Casillas.