FC Porto – Portimonense SOCCER PICKS
Porto and Portimonense meet at Estádio Do Dragão, in a match for the 12 th round of the Primeira Liga. The history of recent direct confrontations is favorable to the home team, which records 4 wins and 1 loss in the last 5 matches. The last direct confrontation between these two teams, on 17-07-2018, ended with the victory of Portimonense by (2-1). In this match the home factor may be decisive, since the Portimonense presents considerable differences in their results at home and as a visitor.
The home team is currently in the 1 st position of the league, with 27 points won, after 9 wins and 2 losses. In the penultimate match, they won in a home match against Sporting Braga, by (1-0). In the last match, they won in an away match against Boavista, by (0-1). This is a team that usually maintains its competitive levels in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 9 wins, 1 draw and 5 losses in away matches; against 12 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss at their stadium. In the last 6 home league matches Porto has won 5 and lost 1, so they have won 15 points out of 18 possible.
For this competition, record a sequence of 4 victories in their last home matches. The defense has been strong and has only had goals in 3 of the last 10 matches, and their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 9 of the last 10 matches for this competition. The team usually has no problem opening the scoring: it scored the first goal in 10 of the last 11 matches for the Primeira Liga, of these 10 came to the break in advantage in 6 and managed to maintain the advantage until the end of the 90 ‘in 9 In the last 20 home matches for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: they have suffered 5 of their 12 goals between minutes (76’-90 ‘).
FC Porto came to this game motivated, after a difficult triumph outsider, by 0-1, in the visit to the Boavista field: Hernáni, and after the minute 90, scored the winning goal. The local club is aware of the quality of the opponent of this round, however, we believe that FC Porto will enter the game confidently, in order to maintain the leadership of the championship. The forwards chosen by the coach for this game will be Brahimi, Marega and Octavio. Óliver Torres, Herrera and Danilo Pereira will play in the midfield. The coach will not be able to count on Aboubakar, for being injured.
After 4 wins, 2 draws and 5 losses, the away team is currently in the 11 th position of the league, with 14 points won. In their last match, they won against Tondela at home (3-2), after in the previous match they lost out in a match against Moreirense, by (2-0). This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 4 wins, 2 draws and 9 losses in away matches; against 7 wins, 3 draws and 5 losses at their stadium. In the last 5 away league matches Portimonense has a record of 1 win and 4 losses, so they have won 3 points out of 15 possible. They have not been very strong defensively, since they have suffered goals in 9 of the last 10 matches, but their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 7 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 11 matches in this competition, they only got 1 comeback in the 6 matches in which they suffered the first goal.
Portimonense enters into this motivated performance, after a home victory, 3-2, in the reception at Tondela: Paulinho, Jackson Martinez and Nakajima scored the goals of the triumph. Similar to the rival of this round, the Portimonense usually uses a tactical disposition in 4-3-3, giving importance to a style of game more rapid and of constant transitions. The brains of the foreign team is the Brazilian Ewerton, the player responsible for defining and leading the offensive attacks of his team. Apparently, the coach of the visitors will not be able to count on Jackson Martínez, Marcel, Guillermo Lazaroni and Jubal, for being injured.