FC Porto hosts Young Boys in round 1 of the Europa League group stage. The match will be played on Thursday, September 19th at Estádio do Dragão (Porto)
Porto did not get to the Champions League quite unexpectedly, giving way to Krasnodar. And the surprise was not so much that the Dragons crashed out, but how they did it. In Russia, the Portuguese won 1-0, but at home, they arranged a goal shootout in which Krasnodar turned out to be more accurate (2-3). But Porto is a very scoring team in general. In the last championship, it scored 74 goals and conceded 20. And in the current one, there are already 13 goals scored and 4 conceded in 5 played rounds. Four of them ended with Over 2.5 goals scored. The Dragons have a couple of very decent forwards. Marega scored 11 goals in 29 matches of the last championship and distinguished himself thrice in 5 games of the current one. And they bought Ze Luis from Spartak Moscow, who became the champion of Russia with the Muscovites. In the last championship of Russia, he scored 10 goals in 25 matches. And he has already half of those goals in 5 games for Port and aggrieved Krasnodar in the Champions League. There is also e Brazilian Soares, who scored 15 goals in 28 games of the last championship of Portugal. In general, the hosts have someone to hit the opponents' goal.
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Young Boys also crashed out of the Champions League. Crvena Zvezda was luckier than the Swiss. The Serbs tied two matches (1-1 and 2-2) but went further due to the away goal. And Young Boys, like Porto, plays exclusively for the attack, not particularly bothering with defense, and it does not matter on whose pitch the game is taking place. For example, in the last match for the Swiss Cup, the Boys scored 11 goals. Yes, the rival was unknown to the wide audience (I even couldn’t find some information about it), but Young Boys somehow conceded 2 goals even from such a team.
Porto’s victory is likely to happen. But the hosts' loss to Krasnodar somehow prevents me from betting on it. Moreover, Porto did not win in 8 out of 10 of its last matches in the Europa League. However, the match will turn out to be open and scoring, as it was against the Russians. Well, the Swiss do not play differently. And Porto, having the status of the host, should also score if ut wants to win. The teams played with more than two goals scored in 4 of their last 5 matches. And they will probably score at least 3 goals for two in the upcoming game either.
Prediction for the match: Over 2.5 goals scored