Our prediction for this Champions League match:
Reigning Premier League champions are having a dreadful start to their campaign. Claudio Ranieri’s men have been heavily beaten by Manchester United at the weekend with the 4-1 loss being their third in the league so far. It is a worrying piece of statistics knowing that Foxes have only lost three games for the entire season last year. Leicester City struggled against all of top 4 contenders in England and it is fair to say that Foxes lack the chemistry that guided them to dream success last year. Champions League is a different competition which provides huge motivation and we have no doubt that Ranieri’s men will do their utmost to record another win in Europe’s top competition. On the other hand, Porto will also be keen to bounce back from their 1-1 draw against FC Copenhagen and we predict a fairly interesting clash at the King Power Stadium. Leicester City summer acquisition Islam Slimani will provide a great cutting edge for the English side as former Sporting striker is well aware of Porto’s strengths and weaknesses, which could prove to be a key insight ahead of the game.
Highlighted Player (Jamie Vardy):
Spending his early career playing no-league football, Jamie Vardy made the headlines when he joined Leicester City in a £1 million deal in 2012, but little did he know that he would go on to become a genuine Premier League star just three years later. The experienced forward helped the Foxes gain promotion to the elite division and then score more than 20 goals as they mounted an unlikely title bid, earning worldwide acclaim as well as a place in the England squad. Vardy went on to score his first two goals for the Three Lions in March 2016 friendlies, with his back-heel goal against Germany in Berlin seeing him instantly become a fans’ favourite. Over the years, Vardy has earned a reputation as a striker who never gives up and can be a real menace for opposition defenders, but his excellent goalscoring record and good link-up play are enough to suggest he can be described as a mix of old-style pacey forwards and modern strikers.
Highlighted Team (FC 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.