Taça de Portugal - Final
Braga vs FC Porto
Centro Desportivo Nacional do Jamor, Linda-a-Velha, Portugal.
Referee: Joao Pinheiro
04.06 23 at 19:15
The epic showdown is upon us! On Sunday, Braga will lock horns with FC Porto in the Taça de Portugal final at the Centro Desportivo Nacional do Jamor. This highly anticipated clash of two Portuguese titans promises to be an event of intense competition and thrilling entertainment.
Both teams have had a successful season and come into this match full of confidence, eager to seize their chance at glory. With players such as Abel Ruiz and Ricardo Horta from Braga, as well as Mehdi Taremi and Evanilson from FC Porto, the stage is set for a truly spectacular match.Get Your Sign-Up Bonus!
Os Arsenalistas fell short of clinching their first ever league title once again, which was going to be a longshot as they concluded their 2022–23 campaign in third place with 78 points, surpassing Sporting CP in the standings (by a four-point advantage), who are in the 'Big Three' of Portuguese football bracket alongside the likes of FC Porto and Benfica.
Despite numerous attempts over the past years to topple the Big Three to win the Primeira Liga title, which always came down to an unachievable feat, it goes without saying that the Minho club has had some success in the Taca de Portugal (3 titles) and Taca de Liga (2 titles), which is more than enough to boast about their overachieving and resilient attitude.
In the current campaign of the Taca de Portugal, Artur Jorge's charges forged an impressive run that saw them go unbeaten in six matches, picking up a draw and five wins, and amongst those highlighted wins was their triumph at home against Primeira Liga Champions Benfica on penalties (5:4).
Probable Starting XI
Sa; Gomez, Oliveira, Niakate, Mendes; Al-Musrati, Pizzi; Banza, Horta, Bruma; Ruiz
Azuis e Brancos were stripped of the Primeira Liga title in their last matchday against Vitoria de Guimaraes as they failed to conclude the season in first place, settling down for a second-place finish where they were two points shy of retaining their league title and putting an end to their fiery ambitions of clinching their 31st trophy.
Putting aside Benfica's dominance in the Taca de Portugal, where they've picked up 26 titles, there's no denying that FC Porto have also carved a name for themselves in this prestigious competition to cement their place as the second-best team with 18 titles picked up, and given that they are the current defending champions, there's no denying they'll pull out all the stops to defend their title.
Their run in the current Taca de Portugal was impressive as they picked up six consecutive wins, and it's safe to say that they had an easy route as they were the superior side in all of their games. During that time, they scored a whopping 19 goals and only conceded three in the process.
Probable Starting XI
Costa; Pepe, Pepe, Marcano, Wendell; Otavio, Eustaquio, Uribe, Galenlo; Evanilson, Taremi
Expert Betting Tips
Os Arsenalistas have had their sights set on the domestic cup throughout the season as they knew their chances of clinching their first ever League title were once again nonexistent, and it's likely they'll prove to be a tough cookie to crack at the Centro Desportivo Nacional do Jamor as they seek to relieve Sergio Conceicao's men from the title-defending duties.
With Sergio Conceicao linked with a possible move to Napoli (not yet confirmed) as Luciano Spalletti has stepped down from his managerial duties at the Diego Armando Maradona, this could potentially turn out to be Conceicao's possible last game as manager of FC Porto, meaning that he'll want to leave his mark as one of the best managers in Portuguese football by making certain that his side retains the Taca de Portugal trophy for the second time in a row.
Both teams have had impressive runs in the tournament so far, and their respective fans are eagerly awaiting the outcome of this match. With both sides having strong defenses, it is likely that the match will end in a draw, as neither team will be able to break through the other's defense. It remains to be seen which side will come out on top in this highly anticipated match, but it looks like a draw could be the most likely outcome here.
- X for 3.70
- Goals - Under 2.5 for 1.87
- CS - Braga 1:1 FC Porto for 7.00