Porto take on the visitors Academico Viseu in the semifinal match of Portuguese League Cup. The match will be played on Wednesday, January 25th at Estádio Dr. Magalhães Pessoa (Leiria).
Porto claim to be not just one of the giants, but the main force in their country. There are arguments in favor of this status, both in historical terms, in the form of an abundance of trophies, and based on recent successes. The wards of Sergio Conceição last season were able to regain the league title in the spring, and the new season began with a win and the Super Cup. There were several misfires at the start, and they come back to haunt now – “Porto” is below “Benfica”, one of the permanent competitors. But at the same time they successfully play in other tournaments. So, again it turned out to break into the playoffs of the Champions League - there the Portuguese will face off against Inter. Well, the tripeiros is closest to the trophy just now, because they, having knocked out Gil Vicente, made it to the semi-finals of the League Cup.
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Academico de Viseu are notably inferior to their opponent. By and large, now is the peak of their history, which has already exceeded 100 years. After all, there is nothing more to be especially proud of, except for a couple of years of being in the elite division, and then everything ended there back in the 80s of the last century. By and large, the current club is a restart that was carried out at the beginning of the new century. And after staying at semi-amateur levels, in 2013 they managed to rise at least to the 2nd league of the country. And even there in the last cycle was only 15th place. In this regard, there is now a significant breakthrough. There are even chances to compete for the rise to Primeira – the table there is not headed by Academico, but is in the group of leaders. At the same time, it also turned out to shine in the League Cup. At first, they managed to pass the group stage undefeated, and then, in December, they sorted it out in the quarterfinals with Boavista, winning 2-1.
In 2020, the parties have already faced each other, and again in the semi-finals, only in the Portuguese Cup. In Viseu there was even a draw, also 1-1, but then Porto defeated the outsider 3-0 on their native Dragau. The wards of Sergio Conceição may well repeat the result of 2020 in Leiria. We recommend betting on the victory of “Porto” with a handicap of “-2 goals scored”.
Prediction for the match: Porto to win with -2.0 handicap.