Our prediction for this Champions League match:
Following a shocking 1-0 loss to Estoril in Primeira Liga, Porto will look to get back on course when they face Antwerp in the Champions League group stages round 4. The Dragons aim to move one step closer to the knockout stages and we are positive that they will go all guns blazing at the Belgian champions. Ivan Marcano remains on the sidelines with a long-term injury, while both Galeno and Ivan Jaime are major doubts.
Antwerp, on the other hand, quickly bounced back from a 2-1 loss to Club Brugge, with the team beating Genk 3-2 in front of home fans. Mark van Bommel’s troops, though, have been struggling on the road of late and given their poor display in a 4-1 loss to Porto a week ago, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the Portuguese outfit. All Keita, Valencia, Ondrejka, and Verhulst should miss out with injuries, speaking of the visiting team.
Highlighted Player (Toni Martinez):
Born in Barrio del Progreso, Spain, on June 30, 1997, Toni Martinez is a forward who plays for Primeira Liga side Famalicao. Martinez is a product of Real Murcia football school, but in 2013 he moved to Valencia youth academy.
After scoring two goals in 16 appearances for Valencia B, the Spaniard signed a deal with West Ham United in April 2016 for a fee of around £2.4 million. However, he did not see any game action in the Premier League with the Hammers as he was immediately sent on loan to Oxford United.
Toni Martinez played for the likes of Real Valladolid, Rayo Majadahonda, and Lugo on loan as well before signing a three-year deal with Famalicao in the summer of 2019. He made his debut with the Azuis e Brancos on August 3, 2019, in a 2-0 home defeat to Covilha in the Taca da Portugal. Toni Martinez has two caps with the Spain U19 team.
Highlighted Team (Antwerp):
Founded back in 1880, Antwerp is one of the oldest clubs in Belgium. The Great Old welcome their rivals at Bosuilstadion, the venue with the capacity of 16,144 people. Antwerp are well known for their red home kits, with the team wearing white shirts and white jerseys when playing on the travels.
Over the years Antwerp have been trying to close the gap between Belgian giants Anderlecht and Club Brugge, but they have yet to win the title in the recent history. The Great Old clinched their first domestic trophy back in 1929, with the team repeating the success two years later. The third and the fourth titles came in 1944 and 1957 respectively.
Beerschot A.C. are considered the club’s fiercest rivals, but they have a rivalry with Club Brugge as well. The club chiefs had a long-term partnership with famous English club Manchester United in the past, with Antwerp taking young footballers on loan to Old Trafford.