Possible scenarios in Feyenoord’s Europa League encounter with Porto
Sportsbet.io discusses the possible outcomes in Feyenoord’s Group G matchup with FC Porto in the UEFA Europa League.
Feyenoord, who lost their opening fixture against Rangers, sit rock-bottom of Group G but come into the tie on the back of a solid 5-1 victory over Twente in the Eredivisie. Jaap Stam’s side has been defensively tamable, and thus, the Dutch giants must put up a bold front against Porto.
Porto lead Group G after a 2-1 win over Young Boys on matchday one and the Dragons come to the Netherlands with eight consecutive victories across all competitions. Back-to-back clean sheets in their last two league games, Porto carry the tag of favourites in tonight’s match and their first visit to the country in 21 years.
Who can score first
Going by the form guide, we see that Porto has been more clinical in their approach, and hence, the Dragons are the favourites to open the scoring in Rotterdam.
Feyenoord may have scored first in four of their last five Eredivisie games, but against the opposition in Porto, it is unlikely the hosts will take an early lead tonight.
Based on the team's opening day results, there is a clear indication that tonight's game could be a low-scoring affair. The final score to expect from tonight's game, though, is a 2-1 win in favour of Porto.
Highest scoring half
A decisive first 45 minutes will be pivotal for Feyenoord and Porto, considering how their performances in the recent fixtures across all competitions. But going by the stakes, a high-scoring second half is likely on the cards.
Feyenoord, without a clean sheet in their last five fixtures across all competitions, fancies an end to Porto’s impressive streak of three consecutive clean sheets. The probability of either side keeping a clean sheet is relatively low, and thus, no goalkeeper will walk out with a happy face between the sticks.
27-year-old Steven Berghuis is the top scorer for Feyenoord in the Eredivisie and is the odds on favourite to open the scoring for the hosts tonight. As for Porto, Brazilian centre-forward Ze Luis has six strikes in seven Liga NOS fixtures and will shoulder the task of giving the Dragons the initial advantage in tonight’s Europa League encounter.
Words: William Paul