Porto FC welcome the visitors C.D. Nacional in the Portuguese Primeira Liga – Round 16. The match will be held on Monday, January 7th, at the Estadio do Dragao (Porto).
Porto FC have successfully managed Aves in the last round, thus their victorious run counts yet 17 consecutive games. The team are also great at home, winning in 11 latest encounters. The hosts’ outstanding results are attributed to their blistering attack. In this campaign, they have shipped 31 goals in Primeira fixtures, of which 20 were registered on their turf. Over 17 successful matches, Porto made 45 goals, and in 8 clashes they managed to net at least thrice. Not only outsiders took the hammerings at the hands of the welcoming side, Porto also scored 3 goals to FC Schalke 04 and Galatasaray, and 4 times they netted to Lokomotiv.
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C.D. Nacional managed to overcome the crisis that they faced from September to the end of October. Since that, they won in 4 of 8 following encounters, and delivered a battle to Sporting and Rio Ave. Actually, the team failed to score in only 1 of 7 previous clashes, and they made 13 goals in total over that span. Nacional’s defense are not great though. While at home Costinha’s men play ‘to nil’ from time to time, on their travels, they kept their goal locked just meeting with the outsider Feirense. In 7 outings, the ‘Nationalists’ missed 16 goals.
Nacional are comfortable for Porto. Throughout 3 previous head-to-heads, the hosts netted 15 goals to Costinha’s side. The visitors will hardly avoid a hammering tomorrow as well. It is hard for Nacional to oppose the leaders – they allowed 4 goals to Braga and Benfica and 5 to Sporting, but they are capable of scoring themselves. In their trips to Braga and Sporting, the team found the net twice. Along Primeira fixtures, the visiting side failed to score in only 1 outing. As for Porto, they kept a clean sheet in only 1 encounter of 7. So, goals by both the hosts and the travellers are expected.
Prediction for the match: Over 3.5 goals.