Our match prediction:
Portugal powerhouse Porto worked hard to earn their place in the group stage and will be highly motivated following the 4-1 aggregate win over AS Roma in the playoff. The Dragons have had a solid start to the new season, with the exception of the 2-1 loss to fierce rivals Sporting. However, Nuno Espirito Santo’s men are coming off from the 3-0 win over Guimaraes, which will be a big boost ahead of the Copenhagen match. Having failed dramatically last season, finishing their Champions League campaign in group stage much to the responsibility of Real Madrid legend Iker Casillas, Porto and Spanish goalkeeper alike now have a chance of redemption. FC Copenhagen returns to the Champions League after their participation in the 2013-2014 season when they finished fourth behind the likes of Real Madrid, Galatasaray and Juventus. Stale Solbakken’s men now have bigger chance against Porto, Leicester and Club Brugge which they will try to use straight from the start. Difference in quality however is too big to make any other prediction than a home win.
Highligted Player (Casillas):
Iker Casillas is a product of Real Madrid’s youth school. He made 510 appearances for the capital club at senior level and many people expected that he would retire as a Real Madrid player. The 185-cm-tall goalkeeper, though, moved to Porto on 11 July, 2015 after losing his place in the starting line-up at Real Madrid. Casillas made 32 league appearances for Porto in the 2015/2016 campaign and he managed to keep 13 clean sheets in the process. During his spell with Real Madrid the left-handed shoot-stopper won five La Liga titles and three Champions League trophies and it is well known that he made good results with Spain national team as well. Casillas helped Spain win two European Championship trophies (2008, 2012) and he was part of the team that clinched the 2010 FIFA World Cup trophy. Spain defeated Netherlands 1-0 in the 2010 World Cup final in South Africa, with Iker Casillas impressing in the title game. He made a crucial save when Arjen Robben passed all Spain defenders with the score at 0-0.
Highlighted Team (FC Copenhagen):
The most successful club in the history of Danish football F.C. Kopenhagen was founded in 1992, through the merger of 15-time Danish champions Kjobenhavns Boldklub and seven-time champions of Denmark Boldklubben 1903. Football Club Copenhagen play their matches at the Telia Parken, a venue that can host 38,000 spectators. The Team of the City as Copenhagen is called in Denmark has won the Danish football championship eleven times, while it has also won the Danish Cup on seven occasions. The club forms great rivalry with Copenhagen’s suburban club Brondby IF with games between the two club attracting some of the biggest crowds in Danish football history in this so called New Firm derby. Through its history F.C. Copenhagen have participated in the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Champions League, while their major European accomplishments have been achieved in the Royal League, with the Danish powerhouse winning two titles and coming as runners-up on one occasion.