In the third round of League Cup, Braga take on FC Porto.
Porto is a leader in this group with 6 points, while Braga have three points.
Sporting Braga play very good this season in Portuguese Liga. They are standing at the 5th position and their main goal is to keep that position and participate in the qualifications for the UEFA Europa League.
They are playing very solid away, but their home performance is very good. In their last 15 home matches in all competitions they lost only once (13-1-1).
For this match they will be without their second top scorer Pardo (16/4 f).
Porto play very good this season in Portuguese Liga and they are one of the main candidates for the title. Currently they are standing at the second position with 6 points less than leader Benfica.
They are in great form with 6 wins in a row.
Their coach Julen Lopetegui will make many changes in team and rest some very important players. He has announced that they are thinking only of the game in Braga (!?).
However, the first goalkeeper Fabiano (16/0 gk), Danilo (16/3 d), Maicon (13/0 d), Alex Sandro (13/1 d), Casemiro (14/2 m), Quaresma (14/1 m), Brahimi (14/4 m), Aboubakar (6/1 f) and their top scorer Jackson Martínez (17/14 f) are all out.
They are playing on Sunday against Maritimo and for them that match is definitively more important.
Despite the absence of many important players, Porto still have quality team, but It will be hard against very tough Braga. I’ll give an advantage to the home side, they will be fully motivated to beat them. I believe that they can stay undefeated tonight.
Braga vs FC Porto Betting Tip: Braga +0.5 Ah @ 1.88 (Bet365)