Round 6: FC Porto vs Benfica

Discussion in 'FC Porto' started by Chacal, Sep 19, 2011.

  1. Chacal

    Chacal Member

    Oct 11, 2010
    California
    Club:
    FC Porto
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Futebol Clube do Porto vs SL Benfica
    Liga Portuguesa (6ª Jornada)
    Estádio do Dragão
    Friday, September 23, 2011
    20:15

    I feel that this is an important match even though it is only the 6th game of the season. Clearly Benfica has more confidence right now (4 straight league wins and a solid CL draw with United), while Porto were held to a very frustrating draw yesterday at Feirense. If Porto loses this match there is no doubt that Vitor Pereira will come under a lot of criticism and pressure from the media and fans, so let's hope that the home crowd carries us to a dominating victory.

    --We missed Hulk & Alvaro yesterday, so I'm expecting that they'll return fresh, fit & motivated for this big clash. But unfortunately James was dismissed from yesterday's match for shoving a Feirense player, so he'll miss out on Friday.
     
  2. PortoDragons

    PortoDragons Member

    Feb 17, 2010
    Club:
    FC Porto
    Definitely a must win game this early in the season. And at home, we should definitely win this match. Gonna suck to not have James available but Varela starting should be good enough.

    I predict FC Porto 2-1
     
  3. Chacal

    Chacal Member

    Oct 11, 2010
    California
    Club:
    FC Porto
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Yeah I don't think it'll be another 5-0 thrashing this year.


    Maybe we'll see a lineup like this:

    Helton
    Sapunaru-Rolando-Otamendi-Alvaro
    Fernando
    Belluschi-Moutinho
    Hulk-Kleber-Varela​


    --Alvaro returns in defense at LB; Otamendi replaces Mangala, even though the latter was impressive in his debut vs Feirense; and Sapunaru keeps his place at RB since he's better defensively than Fucile.

    --Expecting an out-and-out DM this match to cope with Benfica's midfield, the veteran Fernando might get the nod; Belluschi has great success vs Benfica in the past, so he might start ahead of Guarin (looks a little rusty) and Defour; Moutinho to keep his place as well.

    --Hulk returns to the attack, which should help out Kleber; I do agree that Varela is the obvious replacement for James, as Cristian Rodriguez is sucking right now and Djalma shouldn't start this type of match.
     
  4. BatatasFritas

    BatatasFritas Member+

    Nov 29, 2004
    Toronto
    Club:
    FC Porto
    I'm expecting Hulk to be super motivated for this game and have one heck of a game. His left foot is on fire.
     
  5. Chacal

    Chacal Member

    Oct 11, 2010
    California
    Club:
    FC Porto
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Yeah and who is Benfica's LB anyway these days...Emerson?

    Considering that Hulk dominated Coentrao last year, I hope he scores a couple of rockets on Friday. ;)
     
  6. PortoDragons

    PortoDragons Member

    Feb 17, 2010
    Club:
    FC Porto
    I hope Guarin starts over Belluschi and Fucile over Sapunaru. I agree with everything else though.
     
  7. BatatasFritas

    BatatasFritas Member+

    Nov 29, 2004
    Toronto
    Club:
    FC Porto
    Sapunaru could be a liability. He seems to a lot of hatred toward Benfica after the phantom tunnel incident.
     
  8. Chacal

    Chacal Member

    Oct 11, 2010
    California
    Club:
    FC Porto
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    My thinking with Sapunaru starting is that he's usually a more reliable defensive full-back than Fucile, and thus might be a good option to try and stop Nolito or whoever Benfica has on the left flank, especially since we'll have Alvaro bombing up the other side. But Sapu didn't look great vs Feirense and Fucile has played well this season.
     
  9. Sinstar

    Sinstar Member

    Aug 2, 2008
    Canada
    Club:
    FC Porto
    Nat'l Team:
    Portugal
    I think this decides the course of the season to be honest, we need to win this.
     
  10. Chacal

    Chacal Member

    Oct 11, 2010
    California
    Club:
    FC Porto
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Here's our list of call-ups:

    GK: Helton and Braccali

    DF: Fucile, Rolando, Otamendi, Maicon and Alvaro

    MF: Fernando, Souza, Guarin, Belluschi, Moutinho and Defour

    FW: Hulk, Kleber, Walter, Varela and Cristian Rodriguez


    SUSPENDED: James

    INJURED: Alex Sandro and Rafa

    TECHNICAL DECISION: Sapunaru, Mangala, Djalma and Iturbe



    --So Hulk and Alvaro thankfully return from injury/rest, while Maicon is chosen ahead of Mangala (thought the Frenchman played well in his debut vs Feirense).

    --Aside from James, the biggest absence is Sapunaru, though many of you guys wanted Fucile at RB anyway. I'll admit that the Romanian didn't look 100% fit vs Feirense.

    --Walter is again called up, which is just bizarre. If Kleber struggles again or we need a goal, let's hope that VP has the courage to bring on Walter rather than just letting him rot on the bench.
     
  11. PortoDragons

    PortoDragons Member

    Feb 17, 2010
    Club:
    FC Porto
    I'm hoping for

    -----------------Helton-------------------
    ----Fucile---Rolando--Otamendi---Alvaro---
    -----------------Fernando---------------
    -------------Guarin--Moutinho----------
    -----Hulk----------Kleber----------Varela-

    I think it'll basically be that; only changes I can see would be Belluschi over Guarin and/or C.Rodriguez over Varela; hope neither happens (more opposed to C. Rodriguez than Belluschi though).
     
  12. Paposeco

    Paposeco Member

    Jun 8, 2010
    Club:
    FC Porto
    Agree, I think you're line up is most likely what we'll see.

    I would Sub in if needed:

    -Guarin for Belluschi (maybe Defour)
    -Fucile for Sapunaru
    -C. Rodriguez for Varela

    Wish this game wasn't on a Friday but looking forward to it!

    Forca Porto!
     
  13. palynka

    palynka Member

    Jun 7, 2006
    Nat'l Team:
    Portugal
    I'd also prefer that line-up. I wouldn't mind Sapu over Fucile, though.
     
  14. FCPorto_Dragao

    Jun 15, 2005
    E DUBs
    Club:
    FC Porto
    Nat'l Team:
    Portugal
    Obrigação é ganhar! When you're at the Dragão and muppets like Jorge Jesus are running their mouths off and Cardozo is ready to the throws elbows and get stuck in late tackles, we need to show up and give them what they deserve...0 points and a deflated sense of self. Hulk knows what is up...like a bull, when he sees that red, it reminds him of that fateful December night at the luz (I was there)...no question he'll be motivated, and that will only help the other 10 rise up and play their hearts out. Quero essa garra tripeira moços!
     
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  15. palynka

    palynka Member

    Jun 7, 2006
    Nat'l Team:
    Portugal
    Word. :cool:
     
  16. PortoDragons

    PortoDragons Member

    Feb 17, 2010
    Club:
    FC Porto
    Less than two hours 'til game time!
     
  17. PortoDragons

    PortoDragons Member

    Feb 17, 2010
    Club:
    FC Porto
    Official lineups

    Helton
    Alvaro
    Fucile
    Otamendi
    Rolando
    Fernando
    Moutinho
    Guarin
    Hulk
    Varela
    Kleber

    Exactly what I'd expect from Porto!

    Artur
    Garay
    Lusiao
    Emerson
    Maxi Pereira
    Javi Garcia
    Witsel
    Nolito
    Gaitan
    Cardozo
    Aimar

    FORCA PORTO!
     
  18. vaiamerda

    vaiamerda Member

    Feb 27, 2011
    Awful ref, simply awful.

    Lots of pressure by us but we seem to run out of ideas just outside of the box.

    On another note, what a bit ch Aimar is.

    He's like that yapping kid that needs a kick in the ass.

    Fucile just missed a huge opportunity. Artur comes up huge.
     
  19. Paposeco

    Paposeco Member

    Jun 8, 2010
    Club:
    FC Porto
    Fucile :eek:

    What a miss
     
  20. vaiamerda

    vaiamerda Member

    Feb 27, 2011
    God we miss JaMES
     
  21. Viva Portugal

    Viva Portugal Member

    Dec 27, 2009
    Toronto - GTA
    Club:
    FC Porto
    Nat'l Team:
    Portugal
  22. Paposeco

    Paposeco Member

    Jun 8, 2010
    Club:
    FC Porto
    Gooooooooooloooooooooooo Pooooooooorrto!
     
  23. vaiamerda

    vaiamerda Member

    Feb 27, 2011
    vERY FALCAO LIKE GOAL.

    Well done Klebber, well done.
     
  24. BatatasFritas

    BatatasFritas Member+

    Nov 29, 2004
    Toronto
    Club:
    FC Porto
    Good job kid.
     
  25. Paposeco

    Paposeco Member

    Jun 8, 2010
    Club:
    FC Porto
    Cardozo kicks fucile in the nuts and fucile gets a yellow? :rolleyes:
     

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