There are a few matches that will be very interesting to watch this weekend. HTGA Football will discuss two of them.
FC Porto – FC Famalicão
If you follow the Liga NOS, there is no way you are not excited about this match. FC Porto is in third at the moment, while FC Famalicão are the surprising league leaders.
FC Porto had an easy match last weekend in the Taça de Portugal. They won 5-0 against SC Coimbrões and could rest a few of their most valuable players. Luis Díaz scored a brace, and gave one assist. In addition, Fábio Silva got the chance in the starting XI, scoring once and giving an assist also.
FC Famalicão didn’t have an easy match, as they had to play 120 minutes and reached the next round through a penalty shootout. Supersub Anderson Silva scored the 0-1 in the 70th minute, but in one of the last moments of the game Lusitânia FC scored the 1-1. It went to extra time, and despite Rúben Lameiras coming on as a sub FC Famalicão couldn’t kill the game off and score a goal. In the penalty shootout, Lusitânia had the chance to decide the match, but they missed the penalty and moments later Lionn scored the winning penalty.
If we take a look at both systems, you can see that FC Porto plays with a four-man midfield, while FC Famalicão plays with a three-man midfield. So it will be interesting to see how João Pedro Sousa makes sure that FC Porto cannot create a surplus in midfield.
I think FC Porto will take the lead in the first half, but that FC Famalicão will return as usual leading to a draw.
Sporting CP – Vitória Guimarães SC
After FC Porto – FC Famalicão, Sporting will play host to Vitória SC. It will be a very interesting match as both teams have some attractive players in their squad.
Sporting CP got eliminated in the Taça de Portugal, losing 2-0 to Alverca. After ten minutes, the Leões were already behind. After the break, Bruno Fernandes got subbed on. He couldn’t make an instant impact, and after Luan scored the 2-0 the match was done and dusted. This was the first defeat for Sporting CP, after Silas took over a month ago.
Vitória SC didn’t perform better this weekend. They had a hard time against Club Sintra, and after the break Elvis Fernandes opened the score from the penalty spot. Davidson equalized after 85 minutes, which meant that the match went to extra time. Neither Club Sintra nor Vitória SC scored, leading to a penalty shootout. On behalf of Vitória SC, João Carlos Teixeira and Marcus Edwards missed, while everyone scored their penalty at Club Sintra.
It will be interesting to see how Valentin Rosier will perform against Brazilian winger Davidson. Davidson averages 2.4 succeeded dribbles per 90 minutes, gets fouled 3.6 times per 90 minutes and he shoots 3.4 times per match. Rosier makes 4.3 foules per 90 minutes, and Vitória SC is pretty strong in set pieces so that’s something to keep an eye out for.
I think that Vitória SC will win against Sporting CP, as Sporting hasn’t been defending very well lately and the attack of Vitória SC is very strong.