On their presentation game, FC Porto will face Deportivo La Coruña at Estádio do Dragão, in a match that is practically sold out, just like the previous few seasons.
42 000 tickets were already sold. This will be one of the last pre-season matches for both teams since they both start their domestic leagues already in August.
The Portuguese team comes into this match after some good quality performances, where they beat Portimonense and Vitória Guimarães. In those 2 matches FC Porto scored 7 goals and conceded only 1, which is much better than their results during their Mexican tour.
The team seems to be growing with every match, and we can clearly see more harmony between the play model and the players themselves.
There also seems to be a better quality of play compared to the one presented during the Nuno Espírito Santo’s period, where the team usually looked to maintain possession but many times wasn’t able to add speed to their game, which became very problematic when facing some more tight teams (that explains the high number of draws during a certain period of last season).
Sérgio Conceição seems to be working well, no doubt, and I am definitely curious to see how far can this FC Porto go this season, without any big-name signing.
FC Porto vs Deportivo La Coruña Pick:
Regarding Deportivo, the team is far from the team they once were, namely the team of 2004 where these two teams faced off in the Champions League semi-final (then Porto would move on to lift the trophy, at Gelsenkirchen).
Deportivo are now a team usually in the Liga BBVA’s relegation fight, despite continuing to be a well-known name in Spanish and European football.
Considering the great quality and results that the “dragons” have been showing and also the fact that this is their presentation match to their supporters.
I can’t see any other result other than a home win against a Deportivo squad who is far from presenting the individual and collective quality of their opponents tonight.