Foot Predictions shows the Taca de Portugal clash on Wednesday between Braga and Porto, including forecasts, preview and possible lineups.
Braga host Port in the first leg of the semi-finals of the Taca de Portugal, on Wednesday night, with the visitors trying to keep the title for the second consecutive season.
The two teams met recently on Monday, when they drew 2-2 thanks to a late recovery of Carlos Carvalhalmen of.
Braga recovered from the crushing defeat in the League Cup final at the hands of the league leader Sporting Lisbon in style.
The Archbishops have lost five games since losing 1-0, winning four and drawing only once, moving up to third place in the Premier League standings.
This impasse was with his next opponents in his last fight, when a Nicolas Gaitan attacking deeply in compensation time rescued a point for Carvalhal’s charges.
Braga won this trophy in 2016, when they defeated Porto on penalties, after drawing 2-2 in 120 minutes of football.
Portugal’s fourth strength will be a big underdog in this tie, but after their recent form, they will be confident and convinced that they can counter the odds.
Porto are the champions of this competition after defeating rival Benfica 2-1 in the decisive game of last season.
The Estádio do Dragão team won the domestic double in 2019-20, but they risk seeing their domestic dominance collapse this time.
Sergio Conceição’s team has been fighting for consistency in recent weeks. Three draws in the last five league games led the team to be five points behind Sporting, despite having played one game more than the leader of the table.
After securing the Super Cup trophy at the start of the campaign, the Dragons are desperate to get their hands on some silverware for the second time this season and will see this as a perfect opportunity for that.
A positive result can be crucial for Porto’s prospects for the rest of the season and define the future success of Conceição’s teams.
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Carvalhal will be without long-term absences Rui Fonte and Francisco moura again, as the pair continues to recover from their respective cruciate ligament injuries.
They are joined on the treatment table by the right side Iuri Medeiros, who suffered a knee injury in late January.
Porto will not be able to use the services of an experienced central defender Ivan Marcano as the 33-year-old broke the cruciate ligament in May and has yet to return to the first team.
Winger Joao mario returned a positive coronavirus test and is having to isolate himself while attacking the midfielder Otavio contracted a muscle injury and the lateral Nanu is discarded with concussion.
Possible initial squad for Braga:
Matheus; Tormena, Carmo, Silva; Esgaio, Elmusrati, Novais, Galeno; Horta, Fransergio; Ruiz
Possible initial lineup of Porto:
Coast; Sanusi, Pepe, Mbemba, Manafa; Uribe, Grujic, Oliveira; Diaz, Taremi, Corona
Probability: Braga 1-1 Porto
This must be a game played due to what is at stake for both teams and the fact that there is a second leg ahead of them. We expect a draw with few goals after a dispute with little chance for both sides, leaving the tie open for the trip to Estádio do Dragão on March 3.