Portuguese League: FC Porto-Paços de Ferreira (Match Report)

FC Porto 4-0 FC Paços de Ferreira (Estádio do Dragão), 5 November 2022 – match report below

Line-up (4x4x2): Diogo Costa, Rodrigo Conceição, Fábio Cardoso, Marcano, Wendell; Uribe, Eustáquio, Otávio, Pepê; Taremi, Evanilson

Also played: João Mário, Grujic, Galeno, Gonçalo Borges and Toni Martinez.

The ‘demons’ of post-Champions League draws in the Portuguese League were very much present when this game started. I think even more so after the early goal, given what had happened last weekend. But this time Porto were very solid and never let up. Outside of one chance early in the first-half, Paços de Ferreira never looked like they could score. A very competent performance against an opponent we should be beating with relative ease.


Champions League: Club Bruges-FC Porto (Key Takeaways)

Club Bruges KV 0-4 FC Porto (Jan Breydel Stadium), 26 October 2022 – key takeaways below

Line-up (4x4x2): Diogo Costa, Pepê, Fábio Cardoso, David Carmo, Zaidu; Uribe, Eustáquio, Otávio, Galeno; Evanilson, Taremi

Also played: Rodrigo Conceição, Wendell, Bruno Costa, Gabriel Veron and Toni Martinez.

Talk about a revenge game! An excellent performance resulted in a 4-0 win and it could have been even more than that. This is one of those wins that is indisputable. It felt really good to return the favour, after Bruges beat us 4-0 at home. I think we proved we are the better team, but there’s not much separating the two sides, despite the two big scores.


Portuguese League: FC Porto-SC Braga (Match Report)

FC Porto 4-1 SC Braga (Estádio do Dragão), 30 September 2022 – match report below

Line-up (4x3x3): Diogo Costa, Rodrigo Conceição, Pepe, David Carmo, Wendell; Uribe, Eustáquio, Bruno Costa; Pepê, Taremi, Evanilson

Also played: Zaidu, Grujic, Otávio, Galeno and Veron.

We’re back in business! After a series of bad results leading into the 2 week break, Porto really needed to win last night – it didn’t matter how, they just needed a win. And they got one. A convincing one at that. Porto weren’t as dominant as the final score may suggest, but they were the better team overall and deserved to win.


Portuguese League: FC Porto-CS Marítimo (Match report)

FC Porto 5-1 CS Marítimo (Estádio do Dragão), 7 August 2022 – match report below

Line-up (4x1x2x1x2): Diogo Costa, João Mário, Pepe, Marcano, Zaidu; Uribe, Grujic, Pepê, Danny Loader; Taremi, Evanilson

Also played: Eustáquio, Galeno, Veron, Gonçalo Borges and Toni Martinez.

Porto starts off the new league season with a dominating win over Maritimo, a team that usually gives us problems. The final score was 5-1, but I found it a little flattering – it could have been a lot closer if Marítimo had taken their early chances.


Preview of 2022/23 Portuguese League

The season 2022/23 season started last weekend, with Porto beating Tondela in the Portuguese Supercup final. The new league season is now upon us, with the first Portuguese League match being played this Friday, as Benfica takes on Arouca at home (Porto will be facing Maritimo on Saturday). This post is a preview of the 2022/23 season, where I have set out my expectations for Porto and our main rivals, and what I believe the final outcome may be.