Our football match prediction:
Guadalajara take on Porto in their only warm-up game of the preseason. Las Chivas aim to give fans some cheer ahead of the start of the new Liga MX campaign, but the underdogs will have to be at their sharpest in Wednesday’s football match if they are to upset the Portuguese vice-champions. A man to watch in the Mexican team will be Alan Pulido, who scored 11 goals for Guadalajara in the national championship last season. Porto have big ambitions for the 2017/2018 Primeira Liga campaign and fans have faith in former club superstar Sergio Conceicao, who took over the reins in June. The Dragons are likely to take Wednesday’s friendly very seriously and, taking everything into account, we predict that both teams are going to find the net in this one. It has to be noted that the two sides meet for the first time ever in a friendly (or competitive) game.
Highlighted Player (Iker 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 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.