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Nacional vs Sporting CP

Nacional
Nacional
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Sporting CP

Preview:

Nacional and Sporting face off at Estadio da Madeira on this first leg match of the semi-finals of the Portuguese Cup.

Nacional comes into this match following a big victory by 3-0 at home against Setubal. The Madeira team has only lost 4 games at home this season. They are at the moment the 8th placed team on the league with 31 points.

Sporting is passing through some inconsistencies with 3 draws, 2 losses and only 1 win on the last 6 matches. They have scored little lately with only 2 goals on the last 4 matches.

The head-to-head history favours the visitors with the last Nacional win all the way back in 2011. 

Analysis of Nacional

Nacional will probably concentrate its efforts on the defensive process with the intent of allowing no chance for the opponent to strike at their goal.

The team has the tendency to adopt a very direct style of play with numerous ball being delivered through the air into the opponent’s box.

Lucas Joao is the main target up front, a finisher that always creates chances but sometimes has a hard time finalizing them.


Confirmed Lineup: Gottardi, Fernando Marçal, Zainadine Junior, João Aurélio, Rui Correia, Ali Ghazal, Saleh Gomaa, Luís Aurélio, Tiago Rodrigues, Lucas João, Marco Matias.
Coach: Manuel Machado.

Analysis of Sporting CP

The Lisbon team has an appealing football although lately they have been faltering and losing their momentum and confidence.

Sporting will probably adopt their usual 4-3-3 formation with Nani Carrillo and Montero up front, with a midfield of three elements, probably Joao Mario, Adrien and William.

Notice that, this being a Cup game, Marco Silva may opt to rotate some players of the squad. 


Confirmed Lineup: Rui Patrício, Jefferson, Tobias Figueiredo, Miguel Lopes, Paulo Oliveira, André Martins, João Mário, William Carvalho, A. Carrillo, Carlos Mané, J. Tanaka.
Coach: Marco Silva.

Betting suggestion:

The most likely scenario for this match is that there will be more goals scored on the second half than on the first. This is likely to happen due to the defensive cares that both teams will have at start that should be getting less prominent as time passes due to the imperative of victory.

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Taça de Portugal - 2014/2015

  • 100% 136 / 136 Games

  • Home team wins 60.29%
  • Draws 1.47%
  • Away team wins 38.24%
  • Over 1.5 83.09%
  • Over 2.5 58.82%
  • Over 3.5 38.97%
  • Goals 419
  • Goals /match 3.08
  • Goals /match home 1.78
  • Goals /match away 1.3
  • Both teams score 58.09%
  • Goals after 80' 4.77%
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