Match date: Tuesday 4 February 2020
Football – Portugal Cup
Venue: Estádio do Fontelo
Judi Bola, Mpobos.com-Academico Viseu broke their undefeated run last Thursday night when the team visited Academica in a 2:0 loss.
A goal in each halftime was what made the difference between the two teams, as the ball possession got shared equally but the chances created and ball movement went in favor of their opponents.
With this defeat, which broke their run of six undefeated matches, the team now probably finished their ambitions and dreams about promotion, as they now stand ten points behind second-placed SC Farense.
They have signed right-back Rui Silva from Leixoes last week, as well as experienced striker Nathan Junior on a free transfer but isn’t expected to play here. Forward Facundo Batista left them for Maldonado, while right-back Almeida went to Romanian side Hermannstadt.
Porto had a rather easy game away to Setubal last Saturday evening since they celebrated a 4:0 victory without getting into any kind of problem. They were far better in the first halftime already but needed to wait till the 38th minute to open up the opponent thanks to a goal from Corona.
Soon enough it was their double lead as Telles scored second right before the halftime whistle. Soares scored third just after the start of the second part, with Porto lowering down the tempo later on and allowing some decent phases from Setubal too.
Their hosts had more of the ball possession, but even so, they managed to score their fourth via Luis Diaz towards the end of the game. It was a second consecutive victory in Primeira Liga now for Porto, as the team bounced back properly from their loss at home to Braga, but remain seven points behind Benfica for the moment.
Forward Ze Luis (12/7) should be risked much here. Out injured remain defender Pepe (14/1), midfielder Nakajima (12/0) and Danilo Pereira (15/0). Some rotation is expected anyway.
With their game against Benfica being scheduled for Saturday night, there’s no doubt that Porto will rotate for this one, but also that their players will want to solve the game as soon as possible – also, to prove that they are well worth of the starting lineup.
Since it’s a two-legged game, the hosts definitely know that their weapon lies with this match. In any way, Porto should rotate, but should also appear controlling and pretty much seal the deal after the first leg already – the individual quality difference is anyhow on their side, strongly.
Pick : Porto Asian Handicap -1..25