Sporting CP vs FC Porto, classic match for Saturday’s Portuguese Cup Final.
This game will be played in Lisbon, in the mythical Jamor stadium, also nicknamed National Stadium.
Porto and Sporting, enter the field at 5:15 pm on Saturday, typically it would be on a Sunday, but this year there are European elections in Portugal this Sunday, which prevents the tradition of the Sunday’s Cup Festival.
It will be an important game for both teams, as a way to ease the loss of the title of national league champions, which this year was won by Sport Lisboa and Benfica.
Sporting had a season which started in trouble
They had a situation of embezzlement of the squad, resulting from contract rescissions after the aggression in the practice center of Alcochete.
They were also forced to change the team’s coach. And, failed to recover all the jewels of the crown, nevertheless, agreements were established with some players who proved fundamental for this season.
The question that many are asking is: “How would this season run, if Bas Dost and especially Bruno Fernandes had not been brought back.
The soccer of the Dutch coach Marcel Keizer came to be questioned, in the course of the season. For the last third of the season, it was already possible to see collective movements.
However, in the opinion of many, this is a team that lives of tears and inspiration, especially midfielder Bruno Fernandes.
It is true that these finals bring a spirit and an additional motivation, and we often see teams transcending themselves and gaining a collective life.
Coldly analyzing the two teams, Porto takes the lead
It starts in advantage because it has more routines, more stability, more solutions and mainly good performers in the various moments of the game.
Marega and Tiquinho Soares, served by Herrera/Brahimi/Oliver/Otavio, with the support of Militão and Alex Telles on the wings.
Sergio Conceição is a specialist to put an extra emotional load and, for this game, I believe he will apply a “warrior” strategy on his team.
For this Cup final, considering the season of both teams, Porto’s victory seems more reliable. The odds round the pair, which is considered fair. We have in alternative AH -0.25 to go around 1.70, I would follow in this option.