At the extremes of the Portuguese Championship 2018/2019 edition table, Chaves and Porto will face this Friday, January 18. The match is part of the tournament’s eighteenth round schedule, the first of the second round. It will be held at the Municipal Stadium in Chaves, starting at 5:00 p.m. (Brasília time).
The Chaves is at the bottom of the First League standings table. Despite having recovered and scored in the last three rounds of the first round when he drew Feirense (0-0), Vitória de Setúbal (0-0) and defeated Tondela (2-1), he was able to leave the lantern with the Birds. Even so, thanks to the tiebreaker criteria.With 12 points (three wins, three draws and 11 losses), it occupies the seventeenth – penultimate position. It is in the relegation zone with the same score of the Birds. The Feirense, sixteenth place, has one more point.The recent improvement in performance has raised the hopes of the fans so that the team, led by coach Daniel Ramos can soon leave the sticking region. For the duel against Porto, he has some restrictions to define the escalation imposed by the medical department. The defender José Lionn (still without performances in the season 2018/2019 of the Portuguese Championship) is in process of recovery of injury; and midfielders Gevorg Ghazaryan (nine games, three goals) and João Teixeira (eight games, no goal).
Leading the Portuguese Championship with 43 points (14 wins, one draw and two losses), Porto closed the first round with a goalless draw against Sporting Lisbon. Result considered good in terms of the tournament, but interrupted a sequence of 18 victories followed by the team.With five points clear in comparison to Benfica, deputy leader of the Primera Liga, that was not enough to worry their fans. However, what happened on Tuesday, January 15, left doubts. When facing the Leixões, team of the Second Division that does not even make a campaign capable to lead to the division of elite, by the quarterfinals of the Portuguese Cup, Porto did not pass of the equality by 1 to 1.It was the second tie before the team. The first had happened in the League Cup, where he managed to qualify for the semifinals. The same happened in the Portuguese Cup, thanks to a goal in the 12 minutes of the second half of the extension marked by Hernani.However, there was some doubt as to the reasons for Porto’s downfall, which nevertheless reached the mark of 20 games without defeat (18 wins and two draws). Coach Sérgio Conceição tried to minimize the difficulty found by valuing the rival’s performance and at the same time justifying the performance below the expectation of his team due to bad conditions on the pitch.His speech gained even more attention because after the game against Chaves the team will face the classic with Benfica for the semifinals of the Portuguese League Cup. This may even affect the lineup that Conceição will choose for confrontation. Of the cast, he will not have available, by injury, the midfielder Otávio (12 games in the edition 2018/2019 of the Portuguese Championship); and strikers Vincent Aboubakar (six games, four goals) and Bruno Costa (still without performances).
Football Prediction of the Day Chaves vs Porto
This will be the third match involving the teams in the 2018/2019 season. In the first, for the first round of the Portuguese Championship, Porto thrashed by 5-0. In the second, by the League Cup, again at home, Porto was in the tie by 1 to 1.
Although the Chaves show a growth trajectory and the Port of fall, the immense technical difference between the teams does not open much scope for risk hints in the match on Friday. In this way, the prognosis in the victory of visitors is the best option for the game for the eighteenth round of the Portuguese Championship in its 2018/2019 season.
Bet Tips: Porto win