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Rupert Wyman 17th May 2011 - 7:42

Villas-Boas Porto's new 'Special One'

If Chelsea go looking for a manager this summer, then they could do worse than approach Porto about the availability of Andre Villas-Boas. He is trying to cement his reputation as the new 'Special One' by helping his Porto side get past Braga.

He is one of Mourinho's prodigies but they are no longer on speaking terms. Another one of Mourinho's prospects Brendan Rodgers took Swansea to the Championship playoff-final last night and Villas-Boas can bring glory to Porto.

Porto are 1/2 to win in ninety minutes in Dublin, the draw is 3/1 and the Braga win is 6/1. Villas-Boas reputation has been enhanced by the fact that Porto won their domestic league without losing a single game. His rise could be even more meteoric than Mourinho.

They are also in Portugal's cup final and Villas-Boas could bag it all. He is only thirty-three and he may be in-experienced but he is lucky he can call upon a deadly strike-force in the Hulk and Falcao.

Our Match Winner is for them both to score anytime in ninety minutes or extra-time at a cracking 5/1. Both have been linked with a move to the Premier League. In their penultimate league match, a 3-3 draw against Pacos de Ferreira, Falcao scored a brace and Hulk banged in the second goal.

They are arguably the most deadly partnership in Europe and along with Villas-Boas, they will know everything about Braga.  Porto have already won at Braga this year and Otamendi scored both goals. He has scored five goals in the league this season and he has been a great signing for the club.

He is 33/1 to score two or more and 8/1 to find the net anytime. Both Hulk and Falcao are 9/2 to grab the first goal and a Braga opener would come as a surprise.

Hugo Viana is 6/1 to score anytime for Braga and if he finds the net, he will do more in ninety minutes than he ever did at Newcastle United.

He was a massive Premier League flop, he struggled with the physical nature of the game and he departed Newcastle for an ill-fated spell at Valencia before he returned to his native Portugal.

Braga are under little pressure as they are playing their first European final and they are not expected to beat a sensational Porto side.  If you fancy an upset, Braga are 4/1 to win in ninety minutes draw no bet.

Porto look good value to score in both halves at 11/8. They will want to put on a show and Villas-Boas plays a far more attacking style of football than Mourinho did at the club.

Hulk and Falcao have scored a record seventeen goals between them in the Europa League this season and they have been supplied with plenty of ammunition with the likes of Moutinho behind them. There should be plenty of goals and over 3.5 is 21/10.

Braga have nothing to lose and they will not give up. Braga's manager Domingos Pacencia will be taking charge of his last game with Braga and he would love to leave on a high-note. It will be a fantastic day for Portuguese football, a statement of how far the Super Liga has developed but there will only be one winner and that will be Villas-Boas' Porto.

 

 
 
 

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