Porto and Sporting Braga measure forces at Estadio Do Dragão, in a match for the 17th round of the First League. The history of direct confrontations played in this stadium is favorable to the home team, which in the last 5 matches won 4 and drew 1. Indeed, the last time these two teams played a match in this stadium, on 26‑02‑ 2019, for Taça de Portugal, Porto won by (3‑0). Alex Telles (37 ‘), Tiquinho (63’) and Y. Brahimi (90 ‘) scored the goals of Porto.
After 13 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss, the home team is currently in 2nd place, with 41 points won. In their last match, they won the Moreirense away by (2‑4), after in the previous match they won by (1‑2) outside, in a match against Sporting Lisboa. The team arrives at this match after a home victory with Varzim by (2‑1).
For this competition, record a sequence of 7 wins in their last home games. In the matches he played in his stadium there are some results that have been repeated frequently: at rest 2-0 (3 in 7 games) and 1-0 (4 in 7 games) and at the end of the match 3-0 (3 in 7 games). His attack has scored regularly, as he always scored at least one goal in the last 10 games for this competition. The team does not usually have problems to open the scoring: it scored the first goal in 12 of the last 16 matches for the Primeira Liga, of these 12 it came to rest in advantage in 11 and always managed to maintain the advantage until the end of the 90’s. In 16 games in this competition, he only got 1 comeback in the 4 games in which he suffered the first goal. In the last 16 home matches for all competitions there are 2 periods that stand out: they suffered 3 of their 8 goals between minutes (31’-45 ‘) and 3 of their 8 between (0′-15’).
The team of FC Porto reaches this 17th round, which completes the first half of the NOS League, in second place in the standings, with four points of disadvantage for rival Benfica. Despite the good campaign of the team led by Sérgio Conceição, the dragons have fallen behind their rival and seeks to capitalize on the eventual loss of champion points in the derby against Sporting Lisboa. In the last round, FC Porto won, in a difficult game, against Moreirense, 4-2, with goals scored by Soares, Alex Telles, Luis Diaz and Corona, who achieved the comeback, after the goal suffered at the beginning of the match However, after that, FC Porto once again failed to convince at all, but achieved the goal of qualifying for the semifinal of the Portuguese Cup, beating Varzim at home last Tuesday, 2-1.
Sporting Braga :
The visiting team is currently in 5th position, with 24 points won, after 7 wins, 3 draws and 6 losses. In the penultimate match, he won out against Belenenses by (1‑7). In the last game, he won at home against Tondela by (2‑1). For the championship, Sporting Braga conquered 10 points in 24 possible, after 3 wins, 1 draw and 4 losses in the last 8 games he played as a visitor. In their home league games the most frequent final result at the break was 0-1 (3 in 8 games). His attack has scored regularly, as he scored goals in 7 of the last 10 games for this competition. In 16 games in this competition, he only got 1 comeback in the 9 games in which he suffered the first goal.
Despite a weak start in this league, Sporting de Braga comes moralized to this seventeenth round, having managed to approach in recent weeks the places of access for European competitions, which is the main objective of the Minho team in this championship. The arrival of Rúben Amorim for the coach position, after the departure of Sá Pinto, seems to have worked well, since Braga added two victories in both games with the new coach. First, with the historic 7-1 victory in the visit to Belenenses and, more recently, against Tondela, in a game in which the Braga had to react to a less successful first half, in a game where he came to rest on disadvantage. With two goals, Paulinho achieved the comeback in the last minutes of the game, in a second half in which the Braga clearly improved production.