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Braga vs Porto betting tips: Taça de Portugal Final preview, predictions and odds

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Braga vs Porto match preview

Portugal’s two northern powerhouses convene in Lisbon for the Taça de Portugal Final.

Porto are the 18-times winners of this competition, only Benfica can boast more, seeking to retain the trophy having beaten 3-1 Tondela in last year’s final.

In fact, Sérgio Conceição’s side are on the cusp of a cup treble, after lifting the Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira and Taça da Liga this season, beating Sporting CP in the latter’s Final in January.

Despite this, the Dragões were unable to retain their Primeira Liga title, missing out on the title on the final day, ending up two points below Benfica, despite concluding the campaign with nine successive league wins.

Nevertheless, Porto will once again feature in next season’s Champions League group stages, and could end the season here with yet more silverware.

Braga meanwhile exist just below Portugal’s Os Três Grandes (big three), seeking to win just the sixth major trophy of their history.

This season has been a real success for Artur Jorge’s team, finishing third in the Primeira Liga, which means they’ll enter the Champions League third qualifying round.

They’ll await the draw on 24 July, but their opponents will be one of Sturm Graz, TSC, Dnipro, Servette, Panathinaikos or Belgium’s runners-up, who are to be determined.

Given that Braga struggle to smash through the glass celling and finish third or higher, they haven’t featured in the Champions League since 2012, but are just two wins away from a lucrative group phase return.

This is a real statement of intent for Os Arsenalistas, as lifting major silverware at the expense of the established elite would be.

During the league season, Porto smashed Braga 4-1 at Estádio do Dragão in September before a goalless draw at A Pedreira in March, with this the most-recent time Conceição’s side failed to take all three points.

This is the fourth Taça de Portugal Final between these two, with Porto victorious in 1977 and 1998, although it was Braga who prevailed on penalties in Oeiras seven years ago.

A huge crowd is expected at Estádio Nacional, so who will be crowned Portuguese cup winners?

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