Porto vs Vitoria SC Prediction: Team to Win, Form, News and more 17/04/2024

Here is our prediction for the upcoming Taça de Portugal Semi-finals between Porto and Vitoria SC on Wednesday, April 17th.

 
7:00am on Wednesday 17th April 2024
By
Jake Skudder

In a pivotal encounter in the Taca de Portugal, Porto will host Vitoria de Guimaraes at Estadio Do Dragao on April 17, 2024. The semi-final's second leg promises to be a thrilling affair as Porto aims to defend a slender one-goal lead acquired from their previous clash.

With a spot in the final against Sporting Lisbon at stake, both teams are expected to fight tooth and nail for a victory.

Current Form

Porto's Current Form

Porto's recent form has been less than ideal. After exiting the Champions League last month, they have struggled domestically in the Primeira Liga, with no wins in their last three matches.

This run includes a 2-1 loss to Vitoria de Guimaraes, revealing vulnerabilities that could be exploited in the upcoming match.

Vitoria SC's Current Form

On the other hand, Vitoria SC has been on a positive trajectory, undefeated in their last six league matches, which includes five wins and a draw.

Their confidence is bolstered by a recent victory over Porto, giving them a psychological edge ahead of this crucial fixture.

Team News

Porto's Team News

Porto faces significant challenges with key players like Pepe and Evanilson suspended due to red cards.

Additionally, injuries to Ivan Marcano and Zaidu Sanusi may weaken their defence further, presenting a less-than-ideal scenario for coach Sergio Conceicao.

Vitoria SC's Team News

Vitoria SC, meanwhile, might see the return of Mikel Villanueva after a period on the sidelines, which could strengthen their defensive options.

However, they remain cautious about Ricardo Mangas's participation following his recent injury.

Key Players

Porto's Key Player

Despite the absence of some key figures, Porto will rely heavily on Mehdi Taremi to lead the line and exploit Vitoria SC's defence.

His performance could be crucial in securing Porto's progression to the final.

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Vitoria SC's Key Players

For Vitoria SC, Jorge Fernandes, who scored the equalizer in their last match, will be pivotal in both defensive solidity and offensive set-pieces.

Scoreline Prediction

Given the current form and team dynamics, the match is likely to be tightly contested. However, Porto's experience and home advantage might just tip the scales in their favour, although Vitoria SC will not make it easy.

For all of the analysis of Porto vs Vitoria as it happens live, check out our Preview and Live Update page for the game.

FAQ

What time does the match start? The match starts at 8:15 pm UK time on April 17, 2024.

Where will the match be played? The match will be played at Estadio Do Dragao.

What is at stake? A spot in the Taca de Portugal final against Sporting Lisbon.

Who won the first leg? Porto won the first leg by a narrow 1-0 margin.

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