Braga vs FC Porto
Taca de Portugal
Date: Tuesday, 2 April 2019
Kick-Off at 20:15 UK / 21:15 CET
Venue: Estadio Municipal de Braga (Braga).
Porto lost the League Cup final to Sporting Lisbon on penalties in late-January, but they have a great opportunity to go all the way in Taca de Portugal. The Dragons have a massive 3-0 advantage from the first leg of their semi-final tie against Sporting Braga and a true miracle should happen for them to drop it in the reverse fixture on Tuesday evening.
Sergio Conceicao might even rest some of his main stars for this tie because of such high cushion from the first leg. Porto have a challenging schedule with Champions League quarter-final against Liverpool upcoming (next Tuesday). The Dragons can’t afford an error in last seven rounds of Primeira Liga either being level on points with Benfica in a huge title race.
Braga vs Porto: Head-to-head
Porto were the dominant force in the history of this match-up.
They won 37, drew 10 and lost only 9 of 56 meetings with Braga.
The Dragons won each of past five ties against the Archbishops.
Braga’s last win over Porto came in March 2016 (3-1 at home).
Braga vs Porto: Prediction
These two sides battled it out on Saturday evening in Primeira Liga. It was an eventful contest which saw Porto claim a 2-3 victory thanks to a brace from Tiquinho. Brazilian striker makes a deadly attacking pair together with Moussa Marega, but we don’t expect to see them both on the pitch on Tuesday.
The hosts will no doubts be much more motivated in order to fox the horrendous impression from the first leg tie. They also want to end Porto’s dominance in H2H matches. Braga generally play much better on the home pitch where they won 11, drew 1 and lost 2 of 14 league outings this season.
The lack of Porto’s ambition to go strong for another victory here will play a big role which is why we see a huge value in backing the hosts to win at 3.00.
Braga vs Porto: Bet Tips
Braga to win @ 3.00 (2/1)
Braga or Draw @ 1.60 (3/5).