Estoril vs FC Porto Prediction, Preview, Lineups & Betting Tips
Estoril and Porto are set to wrap up round 18 of the Portuguese Primeira Liga when on Monday night, 15 January 2018, “The Canaries” will challenge the invincible “Dragons” at the “Estádio António Coimbra da Mota”. Estoril and Porto are finding themselves on both sides of the pole as the hosts occupy the last (18th) position, while “The Blue and Whites” are topping the league, at least until Sunday night’s clash between Sporting CP and Desportivo Aves. Nevertheless, even if Sporting wins, Porto can return on the first position even with a single point from Estoril, although it’s pretty certain that everything except a win would be a failure for the away side.
Update: Sporting CP won 3-0 with a hat-trick scored by Bas Dost and thereby replaced Porto on top of the Primeira Liga table.
H2H: Porto accomplished a convincing 4-0 victory when these two clubs have met in opening round of the 2017-18 season at the “Estádio Do Dragão”. Moussa Marega has netted a brace while the other two goals in Estoril’s net were scored by Yacine Brahimi and Ivan Marcano.
Match was abandoned on half-time due to safety reasons!!!
Primeira Liga: Estoril vs FC Porto 15.01.2018
Like we already highlighted Porto remain unbeaten in first half of the Primeira Liga campaign and Sérgio Conceição’s men simply don’t have any other alternative than maintaining their streak after Monday’s journey to the Portuguese Riviera. That’s because their main rivals breathe in their neck and one of them is invincible as well – Sporting, while the other Lisbon giant, Benfica, has just won its visit to Braga and stalks from the third position. Thus “Dragons” must look for mandatory three points from Estoril and will hope to extend their winning streak, which is a tricky task since Porto enters in a very busy schedule, being a contender in four different competitions – the Primeira Liga, both domestic Cups (where they’ll face Sporting CP), as well as the UEFA Champions League.
“Canaries” from Estoril have won three games only and have collected 12 points out of 17 rounds so far. This ranks them in the relegation zone where we also find Vitória Setúbal, who are 17th due to the “better” goal difference they hold compared to Estoril.
The 42-year old Ivo Vieira has been appointed with the tough duty to save Estoril’s Primeira Liga status in mid-November. That happened after a devastating run of eight successive league defeats (10 in overall) in period August-November. Well, Estoril surely hints for an improvement as The Estorilistas have lost two games only ever since, winning half of their points in the meantime – 1 win and 3 draws.
We must note that one of the losses was away to Benfica, which was a quite expected outcome, while the other one came last Monday when Estoril lost 0-2 at home to another struggling side – Feirense. The defeat has been marked by two own goals scored by defender Pedro Monteiro and defensive midfielder Charalampos Kyriakou, respectively.
Team News and Missing Players
GD Estoril Praia
Ivo Vieira is definitely the coach with more injury concerns ahead the Monday clash. He won’t be able to rely on the right-back Fernando Fonseca who cannot face his parent club due to agreement between both sides. That’s why Brazilian midfielder Wesley can deputize on his zone.
Gonçalo Brandão, Thiago Cardoso (both centre-backs), right-back Mano, midfielder Duarte Valente and top scorer Kleber (6 goals) are all injured. As you can see by yourself, Kleber’s absence will be the biggest blow for the hosts who must look for a proper replacement and Bruno Gomes one of the suspects to lead Estoril’s attack here. He should be supported by the two wingers Allano Lima and Victor Andrade, as well as from Lucas Evangelista who is the midfielder with more attacking responsibilities in the trio.
Some light in the tunnel might be drawn out by Rafik Halliche’s status as the experienced Algerian defender is close to return but yet marked as doubtful prior the game.
Porto comes after a midweek Cup win over Moreirense (2-1 away) and despite the positive score Sérgio Conceição has two reasons to be frustrated. They’re both related with two of the attacking figures in Porto who got injured and could be out of this one – Algerian winger Yacine Brahimi and Malian forward Moussa Marega. Latter was on the bench on Thursday but latest reports suggest he’s been injured. If so, two of Porto’s African attacking trio will be ruled out from the trip to Estoril, which means that Vincent Aboubakar will surely lead the line and Tiquinho Soares can be chosen for his partner.
Attacking midfielder Otávio recovers from a muscle injury as well, although his absence is not something to concern Sérgio Conceição pretty much. In the meantime, Mexican Miguel Layun can replace Brahimi on the left wing.
Here is what Porto’s boss Conceição said about the match fitness of the two injured African pearls:
“These situations always worry me, no matter how many players the group has. Speaking of these two players, we will wait until the time of the match to make a decision, because we also have to think of what’s next. On Friday, we play against Tondela and then we have the Final Four of the League Cup. We will have to manage these situations in the most intelligent way possible. We are on all fronts…”
Estoril vs FC Porto Prediction and Betting Tips
After the midweek success Porto have now won nine games in a row in all competitions. Their last “slip” was a goalless home draw vs Benfica but that happened on 1st of December and “Dragons” are actually undefeated since mid-October, when they lost to RB Leipzig in the Champions League groups. Moreover, Porto boasts six consecutive wins over Estoril and Sérgio Conceição will be keen to keep on the winning spirit on Monday evening.
On the other hand, Estoril will hardly find enough strength to upset its ambitious opponent, especially without injured goal scorer Kleber, but Estorilistas can be inspired by fact they have scored at least once in seven out of 8 home games vs Porto, including the last six. “Dragons” have five wins in Estoril and most of them are 2-1 (3 times), whilst rest of the games are draws – 2-2 was the final score in any of them.
Our betting experts are confidently backing guests from Porto but for a greater value we recommend a combo between two of the most popular markets. We will place a lower stake here so our betting prediction goes on: “Porto To Win (Away Win – 2) and Both Teams To Score – Yes“.
Possible Lineups of Estoril and FC Porto
Venue: “Estádio António Coimbra da Mota”, Estoril.
Referee: Vasco Santos.
GD Estoril Praia: José Moreira – Abner, Pedro Monteiro, Lucão, Wesley – Charalampos Kyriakou, Lucas Evangelista, Pepe – Victor Andrade, Bruno Gomes, Allano Lima. (4-3-3)
FC Porto: Jose Sa – Ricardo Pereira, Felipe, Ivan Marcano, Alex Telles – Jesus Corona, Hector Herrera, Danilo Pereira, Miguel Layún – Vincent Aboubakar, Tiquinho Soares. (4-4-2)