Europa League final preview: Porto - Braga
Andre Villas-Boas' men will lock horns with the Archbishops in an all-Portuguese final in Dublin
Helton; Sapunaru, Rolando, Maicon, Alvaro Pereira; Guarin, Fernando, Moutinho; Hulk, Falcao, Varela
Andre Villas-Boas could become the youngest coach ever to win a UEFA club competition if Porto are able to defeat Braga on Wednesday. The 33-year-old will likely employ the attacking triumvirate of Varela, Hulk and Falcao.
Artur; Garcia, Rodriguez, Paulao, Silvio; Alan, Vandinho, Custodio, Viana; Lima, Meyong
Coach Domingos Paciencia has announced he will leave the club after the clash in Dublin. With a win on Wednesday the 42-year-old would become the first manager to beat a team he previously featured for as a player in a UEFA Cup or Europa League final.
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- Porto is currently riding a three-game winning streak against Braga, outscoring them 9-3 during that span.
- Andre Villas-Boas' men finished the season undefeated in the Portuguese Liga with 27 wins and three draws.
- The Portuguese rivals are separated by just 47 km, which is a UEFA tournament final record.
- Falcao set a new tournament record with his 16th goal of the campaign, surpassing legendary Bayern Munich striker Jurgen Klinsmann who scored 15 in 1995-96.
- Braga's last victory against Porto came on September 19, 2009.
- Artur and Silvio have played every minute of the Archbishops' Europa League campaign.
- The two sides have never faced each other in European competition before.
- Braga coach Domingos Paciencia was the Portuguese Liga's top scorer with Porto back in the 1995-96 season.
Top 3 Predictions
Porto 3-1 Braga
- 20.29 %
Porto 2-0 Braga
- 14.6 %
Porto 2-1 Braga
- 11.82 %
|Portugal - Premier League (POR1)||Apr 13, 2014||Braga 1 - Porto 3|
|Portugal - Premier League (POR1)||Dec 7, 2013||Porto 2 - Braga 0|
|Portugal - Premier League (POR1)||Apr 8, 2013||Porto 3 - Braga 1|
|Portugal - Premier League (POR1)||Nov 25, 2012||Braga 0 - Porto 2|
|Portugal - Premier League (POR1)||Apr 7, 2012||Braga 0 - Porto 1|
|Apr 16, 2014||Benfica 3 - Porto 1||TDeP|
|Apr 13, 2014||Braga 1 - Porto 3||POR1|
|Apr 10, 2014||Sevilla 4 - Porto 1||EL|
|Apr 6, 2014||Porto 3 - Academica 1||POR1|
|Apr 3, 2014||Porto 1 - Sevilla 0||EL|
|4||Maicon Pereira Roque||Defender|
|9||Rocha Paulo Cesar||Striker|
|21||Uwa Elderson Echiejile||Defender|
Times In EDT
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