Tondela vs FC Porto
Portugal – Primeira Liga
Date: Friday, 22 February 2019
Kick-off at 21.15 UK/ 22.15 CET
Venue: Estádio João Cardoso (Tondela).
Defense has been the hallmark of Porto’s Primeira Liga season. They have conceded just 12 goals till this point, while no other group has managed to limit it below 20. Even on the road, they have been magnificently good with just six goals going against them, again a top-stat in the league.
Tondela may be at the 11th spot right now in the table. But just two points separate them from the relegation zone. Honestly, they could not have picked up a worse moment to face league-topper Porto. Morale is also low considering they lost against Moreirense in their last match-day, for a 2-0 scoreline.
The team might try to find inspiration from the fact that they are lining up at their home ground. But a peek into the h2h stats is more than enough to put a wet blanket over that sense of jubilation.
Tondela vs FC Porto Head-to-head (h2h)
- Porto won the last four games in a row.
- Tondela failed to score in their last five matches on the trot.
- In their last seven meetings, Tondela has recorded just one goal in total.
- At this venue, the visitors have a 100% unbeaten record.
- The hosts have not scored a single goal at this venue.
Tondela vs FC Porto Prediction
Porto is the current league-topper and the potential champion. Even while taking on Tondela, their mind will be on their race to the top with Benfica. The team is simply on another level compared to the hosts of this tie.
Porto was unbeaten in 37 of their last 40 games, and in 14 of their last 15 away ties. Their sole loss on the road, in the last 15 attempts, came in the Champions League. On the other hand, Tondela was winless in five of their last six fixtures.
Even compelling is the h2h stats between these teams. Porto won the last four meetings in a row and kept clean sheets in all four. In the last seven encounters, the hosts of this tie could manage only a single goal against this opponent.
At this venue, the home team has never won a game in a face-to-face meeting with the league-toppers. Even better, except for a draw, they have lost all the other match-ups at the Estádio João Cardoso, and have not scored a single goal at all in any of their appearances.
Bank on Porto, who has the absolute best defensive stats in the Primeira Liga, to keep a clean sheet, as well as defeat this struggling set of players.
Tondela vs FC Porto Betting Tips
FC Porto to Win @ 1.40 (2/5)
FC Porto to Keep a Clean Sheet @ 1.80 (4/5).