Our football match prediction:
Porto will be looking to clinch their place in the last 16 of the Champions League with a win over Monaco at their Estadio do Dragao. The Dragons are level on points with third-placed Leipzig ahead of Wednesday’s football match, but due to a better goal difference, a win over les Rouges et Blancs would see them make it to the knockout stages of the elite competition. Porto are a real force to be reckoned with at home and seeing that the rock-bottom teams have nothing to play for in their last group game, we are tempted to put our money on the Primeira Liga side. Porto did well to beat Monaco at Stade Louis II earlier in the process and they are likely to record yet another win over the Ligue 1 champions. Leonardo Jardim’s men experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 4-1 loss to Leipzig and they are unlikely to spoil Porto’s party at Estadio do Dragao.
Highlighted 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 (Monaco):
Though based in Monaco, Les Rouges et Blances – as they are commonly referred to – play their games in the French football league system. Members of the top tier Ligue 1, Monaco play their home matches at the Stade Louis II in Fontvieille in front of 18,500 people. The Principality club boasts a turbulent history, which saw Monaco reach the highest heights of both domestic and international scene, but also get relegated to the amateur leagues at the very beginnings and to Ligue 2 in 2010-11 season. The following year AS Monaco were acquired by the Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, whose heavy investments turned the Principality club into one of the biggest spenders in Europe in 2013 and reestablishing its place among Europe’s top clubs. AS Monaco have had notable European results in the modern football era having been runners-up in the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup in 1992 and the UEFA Champions League in 2004. One of the most successful clubs in France AS Monaco have so far won seven league titles and five Coupe de France trophies.