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Porto vs Braga – Villas-Boas can emulate mentor Mourinho in Dublin

| 18.05.2011

Back in the 2002/03 season, a special manager announced himself to the world by winning the treble in his first season in charge of Porto.

Sat behind Jose Mourinho in the Porto dugout during that treble winning season was one Andre Villas-Boas, and it is Mourinho’s protégée who will star in the Europa League final on Wednesday.

Match Odds

Having wrapped up the league title by April 3, Villas-Boas is targeting the second leg of his treble and his side are 1/2 to win their Europa League final with neighbours Braga inside 90 minutes.

Braga have managed just two victories over Porto in their last ten meetings with Porto picking up victories in seven of those games, and it’s easy to understand why Braga are the 6/1 outsiders.

Having shocked Benfica in the semi-final, Braga know what it takes to knock-out a fellow league team in Europe but with the final being just one leg, Porto can assert their class.

Porto are 1/4 to lift the Europa League trophy and in the two Portuguese Cup finals they’ve contested with Braga, they’ve won them both.

Total Goals

The last three games between the two sides have seen Porto score on nine occasions and concede three times which could mean we’re in for an exciting cup final and over 2.5 goals is available at 5/6.

Porto have played 16 games in Europe this season and have scored an incredible 43 goals with Falcao getting 16 of these, and the Colombian is 7/2 to get the first goal.

Falcao meets his match in the Braga defence that has conceded just 20 goals in 18 European games, but the Porto attack should be too strong and the Portuguese champions are 11/1 to win 3-1.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.