Porto extended their winning streak across all competitions to eight games with a comfortable 3-0 home win over Moreirense in their last game. Meanwhile, hosts Famalicao kicked off 2021 with a 1-0 away loss at Tondela.
After 12 games, Porto are second in the standings, four points behind leaders Sporting. On the other hand, Famalicao are struggling in 14th place with 11 points.
Famalicao vs Porto Head-to-Head
The hosts have squared off against the Porto giants 11 times in the past. With six wins in the fixture, The Dragões have been victorious in more than 50% of their meetings with Famalicenses.
Famalicao have just three wins to their name in this fixture, with two other encounters ending in draws.
The last time these sides met at Saturday's venue, the hosts recorded an important 2-1 win in the 2019-20 campaign.
Famalicao form guide: L-L-D-L-D
Porto form guide: W-W-W-W-W
Famalicao vs Porto Team News
Famalicao manager João Pedro Sousa will be without the injured Calvin Verdonk and Marcello Trotta in this crucial fixture.
The club has managed to secure the services of Wolverhampton Wanderers wing-back Ruben Vinagre. The Portuguese international is on loan for the rest of the season.
Injuries: Calvin Verdonk, Marcello Trotta
For Porto manager Sérgio Conceição, there are some familiar names on the treatment table. The trio of Ivan Marcano, Pepe and Mouhamed Mbaye will miss this fixture.
Injuries: Ivan Marcano, Pepe, Mouhamed Mbaye
Famalicao vs Porto Predicted XI
Famalicao Predicted XI (4-3-3): Vaná; Gil Dias, Srdan Babic, Diogo Queirós, Rubenn Vinagre; Joaquín Pereyra, Gustavo Assunção, Iván Jaime; Carlos Valenzuela; Ruben Lameiras, Jhonata Robert
Porto Predicted XI (4-2-2): Augustin Marchesin; Zaidu Sanusi, Malang Sarr, Chancel Mbemba, Wison Manafa; Sergio Oliveira, Mateus Uribe, Jesus Corona, Luis Díaz; Moussa Marega, Mehdi Taremi
Famalicao vs Porto Prediction
Famalicao are winless in their last six games across all competitions, having scored just three goals in those games. They've averaged a goal per game across the season but have conceded 20 - the joint-most goals in 12 games so far.
They will likely struggle to contain Porto. The top-scoring champions have recorded 31 goals in just 12 games and have kept a clean sheet in three of their last five outings.
We expect the visitors to record yet another win in the league against Famalicao on Saturday night. The odds of another clean sheet for goalkeeper Augustin Marchesin are also looking good.
Prediction: Famalicao 0-3 Porto
Published 06 Jan 2021, 12:54 IST