Our prediction for this Champions League match:
Atletico Madrid and Porto, the two old rivals, go head to head at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano in the Champions League Group B opener. Los Rojiblancos dropped two points in a 1-1 draw with Real Sociedad, but they are seen as favourites to beat the Dragons in Madrid. Antoine Griezmann is pushing for a start, while Nahuel Molina is back from a domestic ban. All Reguilon, Savid, and Cunha remain on the sidelines with injuries, whilst Felipe is banned for the match. Both Jan Oblak and Thomas Lemar are major doubts.
The Portuguese champions, on the other hand, aim to build on a 2-0 win over Gil Vicente, but beating Atletico Madrid on the road is easier said than done. A close encounter is on the cards in the Spanish capital, and we believe that punters from all around the globe can find value in betting on draw. Both Grujic and Manafa are sidelined with injuries for the away team.
Highlighted Player (Antoine Griezmann):
Anthony Griezmann is a French forward born on 21st March 1991 in Macon, and he is widely regarded as one of Europe’s most exciting footballers at the moment. The pacey striker started showing his potential shortly after coming through Real Sociedad’s youth academy and he went on to score 46 goals in 179 league appearances for La Real. Excellent displays in Spanish la Liga saw him become a target for a number of top clubs, but he eventually choose to sign for Atletico Madrid, and that proved to be a very good decision.
Griezmann continued the rich vein of form at Vicente Calderon, scoring some important goals as los Colchoneros enjoyed domestic and European success, while also becoming a key member of the France national team.
Playing as a winger or second striker, Griezmann possesses impressive technical skills, he is a strong finisher and still finds time to work hard for his side, so no wonder he is widely regarded as one of the leading forwards on the continent. He won the U19 European Championship with France and is tipped to lead Les Bleus to glory on senior level as well.
Highlighted Team (Porto):
Futebol Clube do Porto are one of Portugal’s biggest football clubs playing their matches in front of 50,000 people at their Estadio do Dragao. Porto form biggest rivalries with two other Big Three clubs in Portugal and regular league title contenders – Benfica and Sporting CP. Rivalries between the clubs stem from the historical, political, economical and cultural discrepancies between the cities of Porto and Lisbon. The Dragons, as they are commonly known in Portugal, are the second most successful Portuguese team with a total of 74 trophies to their name.
Porto hold a record of five consecutive league titles which are part of the total tally of 27 Primeira Liga trophies. FC Porto’s success extends to the international scene as well with seven European titles. Two-time European champions from 1987 and 2004, Porto also won two UEFA Cup/Europa League titles, the UEFA Super Cup and the International Cup on two occasions. Together with Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United, Porto have the most appearances in the UEFA Champions League group stage – the total of 20.