Two teams from Primeira Liga will face in the R16 of the Portugal Cup, when today FC Porto hosts Santa Clara in Dragão Stadium.
Just like this past Monday, I will back again FC Porto playing at home against a lower level rival. As I said in my last preview, FC Porto is a very strong team playing at home, where after Monday´s 3-0 win against Tondela, they finished another match without goals conceded playing at home making it 9 matches played in domestic competitions (7 matches for Primeira Liga, 1 match for Portugal Cup and another for League Cup) and 9 matches won with zero goals allowed, a brilliant record so far that shows FC Porto home dominance.
As I said before, FC Porto has a high-quality roster for Portuguese league standards, with players like Soares (2 goals against Tondela), Marega, Zé Luis, Danilo, Corona, Diaz and Otavio, and a very solid defense with Marcano, Pepe and Telles. Also young players like Fabio Silva and Ndiaye, that may have a chance to start tomorrow, are performing at a good level, so even if FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição opts by making some changes in the starting XI, (and I don´t believe he will make that many changes because Cup is a very important competition for the club), there will still be a lot of quality players to perform tomorrow.
Santa Clara isn´t going through a good moment, coming from 7 league matches without a win, and also Monday they suffered a heavy 4-0 home loss against Sporting. They have some experienced players in their roster like Ukra, Zé Manuel, Fábio Cardoso and Patrick, as well as some quality players like Osama Rashid and Brazilians Carlos Carvalho and Santana, but still they are miles away from FC Porto roster, and also Santa Clara coach should use some rotation in this match, so I expect a very hard night ahead of the team from Azores in Porto.
In conclusion, in my opinion, with more or less rotation from both coaches, FC Porto has a much better roster and should take another easy win at Dragão. Weather may be a problem because it will be massive raining and wind tomorrow at match time, and that´s the reason why I will take a lower 3/10 stake here. To enjoy the best odds and highest limits on this game, you have to open an account with the best betting software, BET-IBC’s VIP-IBC, so as to win big.