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UEFA Europa League

  • May 18, 2011
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  • • Aviva Stadium, Dublin
  • Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo
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Europa League final preview: Porto - Braga

Europa League final preview: Porto - Braga

Andre Villas-Boas' men will lock horns with the Archbishops in an all-Portuguese final in Dublin


PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Porto (4-3-3)

Helton; Sapunaru, Rolando, Maicon, Alvaro Pereira; Guarin, Fernando, Moutinho; Hulk, Falcao, Varela


Porto


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.

Braga (4-4-2)

Artur; Garcia, Rodriguez, Paulao, Silvio; Alan, Vandinho, Custodio, Viana; Lima, Meyong

Braga


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.


DID YOU KNOW?

  • Porto are 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.
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Players to watch

R. Falcao

Position: Attacker

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The Colombian hitman has been ruthless in front of goal in the 2010-11 Europa League campaign. His 16 goals set a single season tournament record and he will no doubt be hungry for more against Braga. He forms one of the world's deadliest partnerships with Brazilian Hulk upfront.

Alan

Position: Attacker

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The one-time Porto castaway has played an integral role in Braga's unlikely march to the Europa League final. The veteran winger would love nothing more than to come back to haunt his old side in Dublin on Wedensday.

Editor's Prediction

Porto have an excellent track record against Braga and should once again put their Portuguese rivals to the sword and make Andre Villas-Boas the youngest ever coach to win a major Uefa club competition.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Porto

Sporting Braga

Wins
4
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1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

FC Porto POR
FC Porto Porto
Draw
Sporting Braga BRA
Sporting Braga Sporting Braga
83%

Top 3 Predictions

FC Porto POR
3 - 1
Sporting Braga BRA
FC Porto POR
2 - 0
Sporting Braga BRA
FC Porto POR
2 - 1
Sporting Braga BRA

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