On Tuesday, September 13, the Dragau Stadium in Porto will host the match of the second round of the group stage of the UEFA Champions League in football in Group B, in which the Portuguese Porto and the Belgian Club Brugge will play. The starting whistle of the Greek referee Anastasios Sidiropoulos will sound at 22:00 Kyiv time.
In a group where there are two clear favorites to reach the playoffs and two extremely uncomfortable opponents, it is absolutely not recommended to lose in battles against an equal weight category. Portuguese Porto expected tense football from going to Wanda Metropolitano and confronting Atlético Madrid, but even the most ardent fans could not even think that in 11 compensated minutes by the second half of this meeting we would see three goals at once. As a result, the players of Sergio Conceição suffered a defeat, which will definitely not play into their hands in the future along the tournament grid.
On the domestic scene, the defending champions of Portugal can be as successful as they like, but the fans of the club want to back up the return of the championship title with quality performances on the international arena. Last season, the group with Milan and Liverpool was much more deadly for the Dragons, so temperamental Portuguese fans will definitely be upset by another failure of their favorite team. Last weekend, Porto warmed up at Chaves (3:0), which should help the Conceição team before a rather important game.
When the Ukrainian striker Roman Yaremchuk completed his transfer from Lisbon’s Benfica to the Belgian Brugge, he already knew for sure that he would have to return to Portugal as part of a new team. However, it was quite difficult to believe that the team from West Flanders would start playing in European competitions with a victory over Leverkusen Bayer (1:0), even despite the bad form of the German team. Nevertheless, the Karl Hofkens team managed to get a result that is extremely important for itself, which later risks completely turning the parity of forces in the group.
It will be enough for Brugge not to lose in the upcoming game in order to seriously shake the confidence in the possibility of leaving the group for the Portuguese rivals already on the basis of the second round. At the same time, the Belgian team is approaching the upcoming meeting against the backdrop of a successful performance in the match against Soren United (2:0), in which Yaremchuk scored two assists at once. Since Antwerp did not know misfires in the starting eight matches, it is still difficult for Hofkens’ players to keep up with him, but it is quite possible to cover small setbacks in the championship with performances in the European Cup arena.
Porto: Costa – Sanusi, Karmo, Pepe, Mario – Galeno, Eushtakiou, Uribe, Pepe Aquino – Martinez, Evanilson.
Brugge: Mignolet – Meyer, Silla, Mechele, Odoy – Vanaken, Onyedika, Nielsen – Olsen, Yaremchuk, Zhuzla.
Forecast for confrontation
We believe that in the upcoming game the hosts will win back the positions they lost at the start. Our bet will be the position – Porto will not lose and TB 2.5 with a coefficient of 1.93.
September 13, Tuesday
Porto – Brugge Porto. “Dragau”. 22:00 Live TV broadcast – MEGOGO video service Referee: Anastasios Sidiropoulos (Greece) Forecast Sport.ua – 2:1