Our football match prediction:
Porto failed to win the Primeira Liga title last season, with the team finishing the 2016/2017 domestic campaign in second position in the standings, six points behind champions Benfica. The Dragons are determined to regain the title and it has to be noted that they kick off the new campaign with a match against Estoril on August 9. Porto will face the likes of Cruz Azul, Guadalajara, Vitoria Guimaraes, Portimorense and Deportivo La Coruna before taking on Estoril at their Estadio do Dragao and, no doubt, new coach Sergio Conceicao is going to use upcoming warm-up games to test as many players as possible. Their first opponents in preseason Cruz Azul kick off the new season on July 27 against Tijuana, meaning that coach Paco Jemez is likely to field the best possible side in their final warm-up game against Porto. Taking everything into account, we predict that the Mexicans are going to grab something from Monday’s football match.
Highligted Player (Yacine Brahimi):
French-born Algerian attacking midfielder Yacine Brahimi is a technically gifted footballer, who can also fill in at winger position. The 26-year-old midfielder started his career as a proper footballing nomad, going through various clubs’ youth ranks before settling at Rennes. French Ligue 1 side gave Brahimi his professional debut in 2009. After spells at Clermont and Granada which resulted in Brahimi’s sale to the Spanish outfit, Brahimi moved to Porto where he achieved his full international recognition. The Algerian midfielder settled immediately and was exceptional in his first six months at the Portuguese club. His mesmerising dribbling skills and creative abilities have quickly made his one of Porto’s key men in the centre of the park. Consistent performances and thrilling displays have earned Yacini Brahimi picked up the African Footballer of the Year for 2014. The fabulously gifted player has been turning heads across Europe with top clubs from the continent lining up behind him. At 26 years of age Brahimi still has plenty of time in front of him and is expected to reach further heights with his club in the Champions League.
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.