Porto are rapidly closing in on what would be their 30th domestic league title, with just three games of the season left to play.
Their opponents in those games are Vizela, Benfica and Estoril, and a win in these games coupled with poor results from 2nd-placed Sporting Lisbon will ensure Sergio Conceicao’s side lift the title. And what a stage it could be, with the opportunity to lift the title at their home ground in front of their fans with wins against Vizela or Estoril, or even more enticingly, they could win the title at the home of their rivals and title-challengers Benfica.
Alongside this, they are also in the final of the Taca de Portugal which takes place on the 22nd of May, where they will play Tondela. They made it through to the final at the expense of Sporting Lisbon, whom they defeated 3-1 on aggregate in the semi-finals.
It is looking likely that the Dragoes will end this season with two trophies to add to their already bulging trophy cabinet, and here we take a look at how they’ve done it…
Before diving into the personnel who have played so well for Porto this season, let’s first take a closer look at the numbers behind their stunning season.
Porto have so far played 31 of 34 matches in the Primeira Liga, in which they have won 26 of those 31. They have been in first place since matchday 10 in October when they beat Boavista 4-1, and no one has been able to catch up to them yet.
That Boavista game was the fifth of what would go on to be a 16 consecutive game-winning streak for Porto, where they scored 45 goals and conceded only 11. They have drawn four times, two of which were against second-place Sporting Lisbon, and the other two surprise draws came against Maritimo and Gil Vicente. In these four draws, they scored 5 and also conceded 5, underlining their ability to match their opponents even when they are not having their best day.
Their only loss in the league so far this season was in their most recent match against perennial 4th-placed side Braga, who triumphed over the champions-elect 1-0.
In the Taca de Portugal, they have won every game, scoring two goals or more in every game against Sintrense, Feirense, Benfica and Vizela. After beating all these sides, they were rewarded with a semi-final clash against Sporting Lisbon. Porto edged out a frustrated Lisbon 3-1 over two legs. The result left Sporting ruing their chance at winning more silverware this season after already winning the Taca da Liga in January, and also the fact that Porto could now potentially beat them to two other trophies this season that they were close to winning.