Porto could not get past Lyon (1:1 and 0:1) in the Europa League, but in the domestic championship, it is simply unstoppable. The team still does not have a single defeat, and the gap from the nearest competitor is nine points. The team also concedes very little – only 19 goals in 30 rounds.
A few days ago, the Dragons destroyed Portimonense with a score of 7:0. In the first meeting between the sides in the Portuguese Cup, Porto won 2:1 against Sporting. Find out more football predictions as we always choose the most exciting matches for your attention. Sporting also looks pretty good in the current championship, being in second position. The team even has a six-point gap from the third line, which was created due to the phenomenal game in defence – only 20 goals conceded in the current championship.
The Green-Whites were more successful in the UCL this year compared to Porto and left Borussia Dortmund out of the playoffs. However, the first elimination stage gave them Manchester City as an opponent, so they lost 5:0 on aggregate. Lisbon lost a very important match just before this encounter – a 0:2 defeat in the Lisbon derby to Benfica.
We assume that there will be very few goals scored in today’s confrontation; after all, the strongest teams and best defences in Portugal today meet. The last full-time games turned out to be incredibly stubborn, so it is unlikely that anything will change in the semi-finals of the national cup.
Moreover, the favourite will not fly into the attack, the score suits him completely, and Lisbon should not forget about the defence at the beginning of the meeting because the opponent successfully implements the counterattack. So, our prediction is a total of goals under 2.5 for the odds of 1.96.
In our opinion, the standings leader will go further in this pair, and in the second leg, Porto will be able to win. Lisbon is slowing down at the end of the season, and in the regular season, they still need to defend the second position in the standings to avoid UCL qualifiers next season. The hosts also have a lead in the championship, so they can pay attention to the Portuguese Cup, and at home, they are great. So, you can also review the victory of Porto for the odds of 1.95. To win more with huge bonuses, higher odds, and without risks – visit our betting sites rankings page. A fresh review of the most reliable offers for Indian bettors will be helpful for you.