Our prediction for this match:
Estadio Municipal de Albufeira will host Tuesday’s friendly between Porto and Fulham. Porto rolled over lower-league side Agueda in their first game of the pre-season, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in the friendly against the former Premier League side. Coach Sergio Conceicao is likely to use upcoming warm-up games to test as many players as possible, but regardless of who will be deployed in the starting XI, we predict that the Portuguese vice-champions will grab something from the match.
The Cottagers, on the other hand, failed to secure the Premier League survival in the last season finale, but coach Scott Parker still has a number of top-class players to choose from. Aleksandar Mitrovic, who signed a new deal with the capital club, is likely to lead the line for the Championship side. Anyhow, a close encounter is on the cards and we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw.
Highlighted Player (Hector Herrera):
Mexico international Hector Herrera is a 26-year-old midfielder playing for Portugal giants FC Porto. Herrera began his career with Pachuca in 2010 and spent three years at the club before being sold to Porto. During his first season with the Dragons Herrera struggled for playing time, but he went on to cement his place in the starting eleven, becoming one of the most valuable players for the club.
Herrera has since them racked up over 110 performances for the Portugal side, scoring over 20 goals in the process. Full Mexico international since 2012, Hector Herrera represented his country at the 2014 World Cup.
During the summer of 2016 Herrera was heavily linked with a move away from Porto and was reported to have made a personal agreement with Italian side Napoli, but the €25 million asking price proved to be a stumbling block that ended up ruining the deal.
Highlighted Team (Fulham):
Fulham are a club from London that play in the Premier League. The capital club dropped to the English second tier at the end of the 2013/2014 Premier League campaign after failing to impress in the elite competition, but managed to return in season 2018/2019.
Fulham were founded in 1879 and they play their home matches at Craven Cottage. Fulham are the oldest-established club from the English capital to have played in the top flight.
Fulham finished the 2008/2009 Premier League campaign in seventh place in the standings and that is considered the team’s biggest success, speaking of their participation in the Premier League.
The Cottagers played in the Europa League twice and they did well to reach the FA Cup final in 1975, but they were beaten by their local rivals West Ham United in the title game (0-2). Chelsea are regarded as Fulham’s bitter rivals as well and the two teams take on each other in the North London derby.