Porto vs Chaves
Portugal – Primeira Liga
Date: Saturday, 11 August 2018
Kick-Off at 21:00 UK / 22:00 CET
Venue: Estadio Do Dragao, Porto.
The reigning champions begun the new Primeira Liga campaign on Saturday evening when they host Chaves in one of the most exciting games of the opening Matchday.
Flavienses were one of the most pleasant surprises of the last season when they shockingly came sixth at the end, barely missing out on the Europa League spot.
Can they repeat such campaign in the 2018/19 season? They are off to the toughest start possible visiting Estadio Do Dragao in the inaugural fixture.
The hosts improved their form as time passed by during the pre-season.
Sergio Conceicao looks to have done a decent job in between two campaigns as the Dragons looked very tough to break down in recent outings.
They shipped just one goal in last three matches, beating Everton and Desportivo Aves and drawing to Newcastle United in the process.
Porto vs Chaves: Head-to-head
Porto completely dominated this match-up over the course of history.
The Dragons won 15, drew 1 and lost only 1 of 17 meetings with Chaves.
Porto won all of seven H2H games at Estadio Do Dragao.
The goal difference in last three H2H games is 9-0 to Porto.
Porto vs Chaves: Prediction
The Dragons will have a nice chance to continue with their stern defensive displays here as Flavienses have been struggling badly for goals lately.
The visitors did not score a single in last five games (four friendlies and one Taca da Liga tie).
Given Porto are by far stronger than any of rivals they played along the way, we just can’t see Daniel Ramos’ troops ending such a dreadful trend here at Estadio Do Dragao.
Moving forward, Porto were impeccable in front of the home crowd last year when they won 16 and drew 1 of 17 matches in the league.
They conceded only 10 goals in the process. Knowing also that they’ve truly dominated the H2H match-up, we can’t see any other scenario but a comprehensive clean sheet victory for the defending champions here.
Porto vs Chaves: Bet Tips
Porto to keep a clean sheet @ 1.61
Porto -1.5 handicap @ 1.57.