Porto predictions with latest odds and stats
- Number of Bets: 40
- Winning Bets: 14
- Average Odds: 2.79
- Overall Stake : 272
- Profit: 229.02
- Yield: -15.8 %
Though The Dragons seem safely atop the hill as the Primeira Liga’s strongest team, things are not so clear-cut once you take a closer look.
Although they have 11 titles in the 21 century alone – the latest of which was in the previous season, most online bookmakers don’t consider them favourites to take the silver. They’re currently sitting at a price of 3.75 for a championship win, which is not even close to Benfica’s 1.67.
Worse yet, they’re more-or-less on par with Sporting CP. Porto betting is thus a bit of a crossroads – it’s either horrendously over-priced, or their chances of outright winning aren’t that great. The lack of confidence in Porto is, in part, due to a very weak international campaign. Though they secured a double with the Portuguese cup, important parts of the winning lineup are missing going into 2020/21.
Porto Key Players
With the above in mind, let’s open with the notable departures over the summer. The young star and football prodigy Fabio Silva left for Wolverhampton in a massive €40 million deal. Though most experts agree the Wolves overpaid by a huge margin, there’s no denying Silva’s important role in the formation that secured 74 goals over the past season.
The backline also took a hit when Alex Telles went to Man United. Midfielder Danilo Pereira was loaned to PSG for a tidy sum s well, as was Vitinha. The departures aren’t the issue, however, so much as the fact their replacements don’t seem fitting.
Mehdi Taremi was brought in even though the current squad is well-stocked in forwards. Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic also arrived on load, though this seems like a much more reasonable decision – at least from the outside.
Although of course, not part of the Derby de Lisboa, Porto have long surpassed Sporting Lisbon on the charts with 28 league titles, measured against Sporting’s 18. Games between Sporting and Benfica may have more of an edge added through decades of fierce rivalry, both locally and around the country, but it’s Porto now who compete with Benfica (who have a whopping 37 league trophies on their shelves) for the Primeira Liga title on a regular basis. The game between these teams is often referred to as O Classico (The Classic).
There is, however, a different kind of rivalry involved, with Porto on one side and both clubs from the capital on the other. It has more to do with the historical, political, economical and cultural clash between the cities of Porto and Lisbon, than football.
Porto were founded back in 1893, and together with the two fierce rivals, they remain a part of the Great Three – the clubs that have never been relegated from Portugal’s top flight since its inception in 1934.
The club won the maiden edition of the league and followed it up with triumphs in 1939 and 1940, and then suffered a 16-year title drought. But all through the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s, though they occasionally finished on top, they mostly took a back seat to the two Lisbon clubs.
Their luck started changing late in the 80s, and in 1987 they beat Bayern Munich in the final to win their first-ever European Cup. Since 1990, they’ve won the Primeira Liga 18 times – surpassing Sporting in the title count. But their arguably best days were yet to come.
In 2001, the club appointed a young and very self-assured Jose Mourinho as their head coach, and having promised the league title in his first season, Mourinho delivered. In 2003, he led the team to the UEFA Cup glory, topping it off by winning the Champions League a year later.
Jose Mourinho’s departure to Chelsea in 2004 didn’t hold them back for too long, and after failing the next season, they continued their successful domestic run all the way to the present day. They also picked up the 2011 Europa League on the way, and though Benfica knocked them off the perch last season, they’ll be looking to get back on as soon as possible.