Monday, October 04, 2010


Portugal Superliga


Porto are 100% this season domestically, with six wins out of six and have only conceded in the home game with Braga. With the extended break coming up after this evening's fixture and champions Benfica having finally found some form and moving up into second, the visitors have vowed not to ease off and intend to extend their lead at the top of the table back to nine points. Considering how things have gone, they must be very pleased with their off season business when they appear to have upped the overall quality of the squad, despite selling Meireles and Alves and also turning a 7m euro profit in the process. New boss Luís André Pina Cabral Villas-Boas has waited a long time for this opportunity , although he is only 33 yo and never having played to any great level, he has worked with Jose Mourinho as an assistant for almost his whole career and is now looking to make his name at the club they both started their journey. If he has learned anything from the "special one", it will be to make the most of your television opportunities and with mainly low level games taking place tonight and the eyes of europe watching, I expect him to be looking to impress.

Porto have an incredible record in this fixture and have not lost to Guimaraes since Methuselah was last in short trousers, winning on their last seven visits, the last three by a 12-2 goal difference. They always have large travelling support making the short circa 50km journey north and it is amongst their favourite away days. Chance for the Porto players and Villas-Boas to enhance their growing reputations and I expect them to win with a degree of comfort.

Porto -0.75 ball 1.81 .

Good Luck.

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