• Porto have claimed maximum points in nine of their last 11 league games
  • Famalicao have won only three of their last 15 Primeira Liga encounters
  • Famalicao’s 24 league games have featured 78 goals, an average of 3.25 per game

Neutral venue suits Porto

This match is set to be played at a neutral venue and that should only play to the strengths of Primeira Liga leaders Porto, who were decisive 3-0 winners when these two sides met earlier in the season.

Porto lead Benfica by just one point in the Portuguese top-flight having claimed maximum points in 9 of their last 11 games and their narrow advantage at the top should ensure they are fully prepared for their return following a two-month layoff.

Sergio Conceicao’s side should justify favouritism but they have conceded in seven of their last ten league games and defensively are prone to lapses in concentration. Porto like to control the game in the opposition’s half and that pressure should pay off. It will at times, however, leave them vulnerable to the counter-attack.

Famalicao tailing off after fast start

Famalicao have tailed off as the season has progressed. The Primeira Liga new boys lost only one of their opening 11 games but have won just three of their last 13 and it appears teams have worked out how to detain them.

Famalicao have been picked off 4-0 at Benfica and 7-0 by Vitoria Guimaraes in that period and given they have been less effective on their travels with just four wins in 12 away assignments, the neutral venue must be considered a negative.

Despite sitting seventh in their debut season, Famalicao have struggled defensively and those flaws could be punished by Porto. Joao Pedro Sousa’s side have conceded 40 goals in 24 games – only rock-bottom Aves have been breached more.

Goals could flow

Famalicao’s 24 league games have featured 78 goals (2.35 per game) this season and a showdown with heavyweights Porto should see the entertainment continue. Over 2.5 goals has landed in 67 per cent of Famalicao’s league games this term, while Porto are the division’s second-highest scorers with 50 goals netted in 24 outings.

The title-chasing Dragons have won each of their last five away league assignments, scoring two on more on each occasion, and should maintain their advantage at the top of the table with victory. Two of those five wins ended in 2-1 scorelines and we think the same scenario could play out here.

! function(f, b, e, v, n, t, s) {
if (f.fbq) return;
n = f.fbq = function() {
n.callMethod ?
n.callMethod.apply(n, arguments) : n.queue.push(arguments)
if (!f._fbq) f._fbq = n;
n.push = n;
n.loaded = !0;
n.version = ‘2.0’;
n.queue = [];
t = b.createElement(e);
t.async = !0;
t.src = v;
s = b.getElementsByTagName(e)[0];
s.parentNode.insertBefore(t, s)
}(window, document, ‘script’,
fbq(‘init’, ‘308681636645477’);
fbq(‘track’, ‘PageView’);

Leave a Reply