The Port closes this Thursday, January 11, the quarterfinals of the Portuguese Cup in its edition 2017/2018. From 18h30 (Brasília time) will face the Moreirense in Parque Joaquim de Almeida Freitas, Moreira de Cónegos. The rules of the tournament require definition in a single game. If there is a need, a 30-minute extension and a penalty shoot-out may be held.
The recent performance of Moreirense
Moreirense has participated in the Portuguese Cup since the first phase. At home, he needed a penalty shootout to eliminate Santa Clara after a 2-2 draw at regular time and no goals in overtime.
In the next step he knocked down Canelas 2010, scoring 3 to 1. He acted as a visitor. Returning to his stadium made Felgueiras his victim thrashing 5-2 and achieving the right to face Porto.
In the Portuguese Championship, however, his situation is delicate. On Sunday, January 7, at home, the team could not resist Benfica. It took 2 to 0. With 14 points (three wins, five draws and nine losses) it is in 15th place. Fight against relegation. It has two points more than Estoril, seventeenth place and first in the region of the sticking.
The current form of Porto
Porto also entered the field on Sunday. In his stadium, he confirmed the favoritism against Vitória de Guimarães and won by 4 to 2. It was enough to keep in the isolated leadership of the Portuguese Championship season 2017/2018 at the end of the first round. He accumulated 45 points (14 wins and three draws). They are two more than Sporting, vice-leader, and five ahead in comparison with Benfica, third placed.
The situation is also good in other competitions. In the League Cup, he has already reached the semifinals. He will face Sporting in the fight to reach the decision. The duel will be on January 24. In February, the team returns to the Champions League match against Liverpool.
In the Portuguese Cup, Porto started in the third phase and then found great resistance to overcome, as a visitor, the Lusitano. It applied a thrashing of 6 to 0. Again far from its dominions, the club had a little more difficulty in the eighth of end. But they managed to overcome Portimonense by 3 to 2. Vitória de Guimarães was the rival in the quarterfinals. Once again Porto advanced without any problem thrashed at home, by 4 to 0.
Porto have not lost since October 17, when it took them 3-2 to Leipzig, Germany, in the group stage match of the Champions League. Since then has entered the field 17 times. He won 13 matches and tied for four.
History of the bouts between Moreirense and Porto
In the four most recent matches between the teams who performed at home took the best. In the current season of the Portuguese Championship, in August, Porto scored 3 to 0.
Moreirense managed to give Porto a lot of work last season. However, the teams changed their level. Moreirense dropped its yield and Porto improved its performance. This makes the team to be considered the best option for bets in the confrontation this Thursday. It has a price of 1.25 in Rivalo. Draw shows return of 5.00 for each real invested. Success of home owners in regular time allows the multiplication of capital by 12.00.