Our prediction for this Portugal League Cup match:
All eyes will be on Estadio Municpal de Braga when Sporting Braga and Porto face each other in the Taca da Liga final. The Dragons aim to get their revenge on the Reds for the Primeira Liga defeat, but beating Micael Sequeira’s troops away from home is easier said than done. Cameroon international Vincent Aboubakar has overcome his injury, and he is likely to be recalled to the starting XI.
Danilo, on the other hand, is a major doubt, and he will be assessed ahead of the match. Sporting Braga boss Ruben Amorim has a full squad to choose from, and the hosts are likely to find the net in the Taca da Liga final. Given Porto’s attacking potential, we believe that there is a big value in betting on both teams to score. When the two teams met in the 2012/13 Taca da Liga final Sporting Braga defeated Porto 1-0.
Highlighted Player (Ahmed Hassan):
After spending four seasons at Braga, Ahmed Hassan “Koka” joined Braga in 2015, signing a five-year deal with the Portuguese outfit. The Egyptian striker, who was born in Cairo on 5 March, 1993 made 23 league appearances for Braga in the 2015/2016 season, scoring 10 goals in the Primeira Liga. Ahmed Hassan won Taca de Portugal with Os Minhotos in 2016 and he started the title game against Porto.
Braga defeated the Portuguese giants on penalties in the cup final. Speaking of his international career, “Koka” won the African U20 Championship with Egypt and he made his full international debut with the first team on 14 August, 2013 in a 3-0 win over Uganda.
Ahmed Hassan found the net on his debut for the Egyptian national team. He has a contract with Braga which expires on 30 June, 2020. His highest market value was £4.25 million on February 24, 2016. Ahmed Hassan began his youth career at Al Ahly.
Highlighted Team (Porto):
Futebol Clube do Porto are one of Portugal’s biggest football clubs playing their matches in front of 50,000 people at their Estadio do Dragao. Porto form biggest rivalries with two other Big Three clubs in Portugal and regular league title contenders – Benfica and Sporting CP. Rivalries between the clubs stem from the historical, political, economical and cultural discrepancies between the cities of Porto and Lisbon. The Dragons, as they are commonly known in Portugal, are the second most successful Portuguese team with a total of 74 trophies to their name.
Porto hold a record of five consecutive league titles which are part of the total tally of 27 Primeira Liga trophies. FC Porto’s success extends to the international scene as well with seven European titles. Two-time European champions from 1987 and 2004, Porto also won two UEFA Cup/Europa League titles, the UEFA Super Cup and the International Cup on two occasions. Together with Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United, Porto have the most appearances in the UEFA Champions League group stage – the total of 20.