Our prediction for this Portugal League Cup match:
A place in the League Cup final will be at stake when Sporting and Porto face each other at Estadio Dr. Magalhaes Pessoa on Tuesday evening. The Lions are enjoying a season to remember, with the team leading the chase for the Primeira Liga trophy after 14 rounds. Sporting CP have been impressive at the back this term, and we are positive that they will rely on their rock-solid defence in the Taca da Liga semifinal. Morocco international Feddal returns from suspension,w while Sporar, Neto, and Mendes remain quarantined.
The Dragons, on the other hand, head into the match following a 1-1 draw with Benfica. Porto were beaten by Braga in the 2019/20 Taca da Liga final, and, no doubt, they are eager to go all the way in the League Cup this time out. Anyhow, a low-scoring affair is on the cards, and we are tempted to put our money on under 2.5 goals. Carraca, Manafa, Otavio, Ramos, and Vieira have been tested positive for coronavirus, while Mbaye and Marcano remain in the recovery room.
Highlighted Player (Andraz Sporar):
Born in Ljubljana, Slovenia on February 27, 1994, Andraz Sporar is a striker who plays for Slovakian side Slovan Bratislava. Sporar spent his youth career at the likes of Olimpija, MNK Ljubljana and Interblock and he continued playing for the last mentioned club at senior level.
After scoring 10 goals in 21 appearances for the club, the Slovenian attacker moved to his hometown club Olimpija Ljubljana where he earned the captaincy. Andraz Sporar was scoring goals for fun in the Slovenian top flight, netting 46 goals in 95 appearances in the league, but he then decided to take a step forward in his career.
In the 2015/2016 season he moved to Swiss outfit Basel, but he made no more than 19 appearances in the league for the RotBlau. During his spell with Basel Sporar played for Arminia Bielefeld on loan as well and in the winter of 2018 he joined Slovan Bratislava. Speaking of his international career, he made his debut with Slovenia in November 2016 against Malta.
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.