FC Porto – Varzim Prediction & Picks (14.01.2020)

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Porto and Varzim measure forces at Estadio Do Dragão, in a match for this phase of Taça de Portugal (Quarter-finals). There is only a record of 1 recent direct confrontation between these two teams, on 31-10-2018, which ended with Porto’s victory by (4-2). In this match the home factor may be decisive, since Varzim presents considerable differences in its results at home and as a visitor.

Porto:

Until reaching this phase of the Taça de Portugal (Quarter-finals), the home team eliminated: Santa Clara, Vitória Setúbal and Coimbrões. This is a team that presents similar results at home and abroad, so it is not usually affected by the home factor, since in the last 30 matches it records 10 wins, 2 draws and 3 losses as a visitor; against 12 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses in his stadium. The team arrives at this match after a victory away with Moreirense by (2-4). In the last 10 games played at home for all competitions, Porto won 9 and drew 1. Their attack has scored regularly, as they scored at least one goal in each of the last 10 games. In 15 games, he got the comeback in 2 of the 5 games in which he suffered the first goal. In the last 15 home games for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: he suffered 3 of his 7 goals between minutes (0′-15 ‘).

The team of FC Porto arrives at this motivated game, after having registered a 2-4 victory in the trip to Moreirense, thus adding the sixth consecutive victory in official matches: the team’s goals were scored by Alex Telles, Tiquinho Soares, Luis Diaz and Corona. To reach this stage of the Portuguese Cup, FC Porto eliminated Coimbrões, Vitória de Setúbal and Santa Clara. In this match against Varzim, coach Sérgio Conceição must keep the team in a 4-4-2, favoring the maintenance of ball possession and organized attacks: number 10 Nakajima is the great organizer of the offensive process. Tiquinho Soares is the best scorer of this team, with 12 goals scored. For this game, the house coach cannot count on Corona, by suspension.

Varzim :

The visiting team reaches this phase of Taça de Portugal (Quarter-finals) after having played previous qualifiers with: Anadia, Loures, Estoril and Caldas. This is a stronger team with the support of his fans, since in the last 30 matches he has recorded 4 wins, 7 draws and 4 losses as a visitor, with 16 goals scored and 19 suffered; against 9 wins, 3 draws and 3 losses in his stadium, with 20 goals scored and 13 suffered. In the last match he played, for the Honra League, he lost with the Academic Viseu at home by (1-2). In its last 10 away games, Varzim records 3 wins, 5 draws and 2 losses. The defense has been strong and only suffered goals in 1 of the last 4 matches, and its attack has scored regularly, as it always scored at least one goal in the last 4 games for this competition. In 12 games, he never got the comeback in the 4 games in which he suffered the first goal.

The Varzim team arrives at this match with a 1-2 defeat against the Viseu Scholar, ending their six consecutive games without losing in official matches. In the previous round of the Portuguese Cup, visitors eliminated Caldas, Estoril, Loures and Anadia. In this match against FC Porto, coach Paulo Alves must keep the team 4-3-3. The most advanced positions will be occupied by Frédéric Maciel, Lumeka and Leonardo Ruiz: the last athlete mentioned stands out in the Varzim, with 12 goals scored. There are no major absences for this game.


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