Porto vs Sporting CP
Portugal – Taca da Portugal
Date: Wednesday, 7 February 2018
Kick-Off at 20:15 UK
Venue: Estadio Do Dragao (Porto).
Can the fans finally see a goal in the third head to head clash of the season between Portuguese heavyweights Porto and Sporting CP? Both of their previous ties ended in goalless draws, but the Lions came out much happier from the most recent one in Taca da LIga’s semifinal when they advanced on penalties and later went on to win the trophy against Vitoria Setubal in the final.
Will Porto get the revenge at the same stage of the competition, but in the other (and more important) cup? This one will be played in two legs and the first is scheduled for this Wednesday at Dragao. Porto will head into this in much higher spirits after surviving the Sporting Braga threat in Saturday’s Primeira LIga clash.
Sergio Oliveira, Diego Reyes and Vincent Aboubakar scored goals in a comfortable 3-1 win over the Archbishops. Conceicao’s side now has the pole position in the battle for the very top of the standings in Primeira Liga where they are two points clear off the Lisbon rivals with a game in hand on both Benfica and Sporting CP.
The story is different with the visitors who have shocked their fans with a disappointing 2-0 loss away at the relegation-threatened Estoril on Sunday evening. Jorge Jesus’ men have thus shown struggles to create in the final third without their top scorer Bas Dost who skipped the trip to Estoril and who remains questionable for this important semifinal against Porto.
Porto vs Sporting CP: Head-to-head
Overall, Porto lead the head to head tie by six wins and they have been much more successful in matches at Dragao (16 wins and 7 losses).
As we mentioned above, each of last two H2H encounters between these two teams ended in goalless draws.
Porto have won the previous league tie at home 2-1 exactly a year ago.
Porto vs Sporting CP: Prediction
The Lions have been struggling badly to find goals of late and their problems only culminated in the weekend’s loss to Estoril.
Porto will thus shave a nice chance to take advantage of the momentum and claim a clean sheet win in the first leg In front of the home fans at Dragao.
We’ll combine Porto to win & Porto to keep a clean sheet as our main betting options here.
Porto vs Sporting CP: Bet Tips
Porto to win @ 1.72
Porto to keep a clean sheet @ 2.25