FC Porto vs Pacos Ferreira Predictions
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- Ferreira were the last team to beat FC Porto in the league, a run lasting 16 games.
- Porto have only lost this encounter three times in 30 matches between the two sides.
- Porto have scored 15 times in the last eight games between these two sides compared to Ferreira’s six.
- Between them these sides have only conceded 43 goals in 44 games this season.
European qualification on the cards for Porto
Both of these sides are in the hunt for European qualification, occupying places within the top five in Primeira Liga. Only seven points separate the sides and there will be plenty of motivation for both sets of players as they attempt to pick up a vital three points.
Porto will be a little disappointed with their season as they currently sit 10 points behind leaders, Sporting Lisbon but they have progressed to the quarter finals of the Champions League this week with a thrilling win over Juventus. That victory would’ve given the players a boost in their pursuit of playing in Europe’s premier competition again next season.
They are currently on a 16 game unbeaten run in the league with their last loss coming in the reverse of this fixture at the end of October. Since then they have won 11 games and scored 32 goals, an average of two goals a game.
Overpeforming Ferreira hoping for Euro boost
Ferreira have been the surprise package in the Primeira Liga this season, currently sitting in fifth, six points clear of their nearest rivals and in prime position to qualify for the Europa Conference League next season.
Their recent form has been a little patchy with seven points taken from their last 15 games but that comes off the back of six wins in a row. They’ll be keen to pick up another win over Porto this weekend and move to within just four points of their rivals.
A goal fest isn’t expected
This game hasn’t bought too many goals in recent years with three of their last four encounters failing to beat the 2.5 goal line. History favours Porto though with the Portuguese giants having won 21 of they 30 games between these two and scoring an average of two goals a game compared to Ferreira’s 0.6 goals per game.
This should be a close tie with neither side giving much away and we’re confident that the 2.5 goal line might struggle to be beaten again. These two sides have only conceded 43 goals between them this season, less than a goal a game and that could see them cancel each other out this weekend.
Porto obviously have the better talent within their squad though and we think they should have enough about them to pick up a slender, albeit vital, 1-0 victory.