Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Feyenoord will be looking to make amends for a 1-0 loss to Rangers when they take on Porto in Rotterdam in their second group game. The Eredivisie outfit head into the Europa League clash following a heavy 3-0 defeat to AZ Alkmaar in the national championship and, no doubt, they are eager to give fans some cheer. Feyenoord are tough to beat at home, but Thursday’s football match against Porto will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts.
The Dragons kicked off their Europa League campaign with a 2-1 win over Young Boys and seeing that they are on a seven-game winning run in all competitions ahead of the trip to Netherhalnds is certainly giving fans a reason for optimism. Porto seem to be on top of their game at the moment and given Feyenoord’s poor form, away win should be considered.
Highlighted Player (Leroy Fer):
After spending four years at Feyenoord, Leroy Fer joined FC Twente in 2011. On 13 July, 2013 Norwich City chiefs closed a four-year deal with Fer for a fee in the region of £4.4 million. The Dutch midfielder made 30 appearances for Norwich and he scored three goals for the Carrow Road outfit.
Following Norwich’s relegation from the elite division, the highly rated footballer went on to join Queens Park Rangers at the end of the 2013/2014 campaign. The Dutch footballer scored eight goals in 48 appearances for QPR, but on 1 February 2016 he was sent on loan to Swansea City. Fer made his move to Swansea permanent five months later.
Leroy was born on 5 January, 1990 in Zoetemeer, Netherlands and he is 188 cm tall. His parents are originally from Curacao and his father Lesley was a baseball player. Speaking of his individual awards, Leroy Fer was named Rotterdam Talent of the Year in 2008.
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.