Porto v Arsenal: could Arsenal possibly continue the goalscoring form of the last 3 games?



by Sir Hardly Anyone

FC Porto are the most successful club in Portugal in terms of points accrued over time.  


# Club Matches W D L GD Points
1 1.171 850 197 124 1.667 2.741
2 1.171 778 231 162 1.494 2.565
3 1.168 716 251 201 1.150 2.399


With the exception of Belenenses in 1945–46 and Boavista in 2000–01, only three clubs have won the Primeira Liga title – Benfica (38 times), Porto (30) and Sporting CP (19). These three clubs generally end up sharing the top three positions (thus, appearing more frequently in UEFA competitions) and are the only clubs to have played in every season of the competition.

Porto are currently third in the Portuguese league


Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Benfica 22 17 4 1 52 15 37 55
2 Sporting Lisbon 21 18 1 2 60 19 41 55
3 FC Porto 22 15 3 4 37 16 21 48
4 Sporting Braga 22 13 4 5 46 33 13 43


Porto in Champions League

Champions League matches are being played on a variety of dates and so far.  Here are the games so far…

13 February
Copenhagen 1-3 Manchester City

Leipzig 0-1 Real Madrid

14 February
Paris St Germain 2-0 Real Sociedad
Lazio 1-0 Bayern

Porto have played three games in February, all in the Primeira Liga starting with a goalless draw against Rio Ave, followed by a 3-2 away defeat to Arouca and then finally a 2-0 home win against Estrela da Amadora.  So not the best of form going into the game against Arsenal.

This compares with Arsenal’s three victories which of course you will know all about, resulting in 14 goals for and one against, in the matches against Liverpool, West Ham United and Burnley.

However, in case all of this makes it seem as if FC Porto is going to be a walkover over it is worth remembering just what the results have been like against them in the past…

Arsenal have played the club six times, all between 2006 and 2010, and all in the Champions League.  And we have actually only won half of these games, drawing one and losing two.


Date Match Result Score
26 Sep 2006 Arsenal v FC Porto W 2-0
06 Dec 2006 FC Porto v Arsenal D 0-0
30 Sep 2008 Arsenal v FC Porto W 4-0
10 Dec 2008 FC Porto v Arsenal L 2-0
17 Feb 2010 FC Porto v Arsenal L 2-1
09 Mar 2010 Arsenal v FC Porto W 5-0


Porto recent results

In February Porto have played three games, drawing 0-0 with Rio Ave, losing away to Arouca 2-3 and then beating Estrela da Amadora 2-0 at home.

And we actually have a highlights video of the game, with Porto in the blue and white stripes.   The video includes just about the most relaxed penalty that you are ever likely to see.

You’ll also notice that Porto went 3-1 down in this game and went down to 10 players.



Porto’s  best win of the season was on 20 January when they beat Moreirense 5-0.

So let’s do a comparison between Arsenal and Porto – and because the clubs have played a different number of games we’ve included a points per game (PPG) total at the end.


Team P W D L F A GD Pts PPG
Arsenal 25 17 4 4 58 22 36 55 2.20
FC Porto 22 15 3 4 37 16 21 48 2.18


Arsenal are this season scoring 2.32 goals a game and conceding 0.88 goals a game.   In contrast FC Porto are scoring 1.68 goals a game and conceding 0.68 goals a game.   So although they have a good defence in terms of the league in which they are playing, their attacking quality within that league is clearly not of the strength of Arsenal’s.

Being at home with a very partisan crowd they might knock in a goal, but we can expect perhaps three from Arsenal, given the average of 2.32 Arsenal goals this season.

Arsenal’s average score in the last five games however is 4.2 goals for and 0.4 goals against and it could be that this game could continue that form.

More anon.

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