Preview: Porto vs. Monaco 

Preview: Porto vs. Monaco 

The Estadio do Dragao will play host to a thrilling friendly clash as Portuguese champions Porto go head to head with Ligue 1 side Monaco on Saturday.

The visitors head into the weekend unbeaten in each of their five pre-season games, while the Dragoes will be seeking to pick up a seventh straight victory across all competitions.

Porto maintained their fine run of results in preparations for the upcoming campaign as they claimed an emphatic 5-1 victory over Arouca last Wednesday.

In a one-sided contest at Olival, Matheus Uribe, Bruno Costa, Toni Martinez, Wenderson Galeno and Danny Loader all found the target to hand the Dragoes a thrilling victory.

Prior to that, Sergio Conceicao’s men kicked off their pre-season matches with a 3-0 victory against Bristol Rovers on July 14 before claiming a hard-fought 1-0 win over Portimonense five days later.

The Primeira Liga champions have now won each of their last six games across all competitions, including a 3-1 victory over Tondela in the Taca de Portugal final on May 22.

With their Portuguese Supertaca final against Tondela on the horizon, Porto will be aiming to maintain their string of sensational performances when they wrap up their pre-season outings this Saturday.

Meanwhile, Monaco failed to make it two wins from two last Saturday when they bottled a two-goal lead before settling for a 2-2 draw against a spirited Inter Milan side.

After trailing to goals from Aleksandr Golovin and Wissam Ben Yedder, the Italian outfit rallied and upped the ante as Roberto Gagliardini and Kristjan Asllani scored to force a share of the spoils.

Philippe Clement’s side are now unbeaten in each of their five pre-season games so far, claiming three draws and picking up victories against Cercle Brugge and Portimonense respectively.

Monaco, who finished third in the Ligue 1 last season, also head into the weekend without defeat in 16 consecutive matches across all competitions, stretching back to March’s 1-0 loss at Strasbourg.

Next up for the Monegasques is an opposing side who they have suffered defeats against in three of the last four meetings between the teams since 2004 — with a 1-0 victory in July 2019 being the exception.

Porto pre-season form:
Monaco pre-season form:

We say: Porto 2-2 Monacoa
Porto and Monaco head into the weekend in fine form and this makes for a thrilling and exciting watch. While the full-time result remains unimportant, we expect both sides to take the game to each other and do just enough to leave with a share of the spoils.

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