FC Porto vs. Leicester / Champions League – This match of the last, sixth round of group phase of UEFA Champions League is a duel between two leading teams in the Group G, where Leicester has already qualified for the round of 16, while Porto could do the same if it defeats the Foxes at home on Wednesday evening. The Portuguese currently have two points more than third Copenhagen and in case of new victory they would end up as second in the group, given it is impossible to catch up with leading Leicester which has five points more at the moment. Let’s add that the first head-to-head between the two teams played in England had ended as victory of home team 1-0. Begins: 07.12.2016 – 20:45 CET
Of course, the defeat at King Power stadium is an additional motive for Porto’s players to also triumph in front of their fans, especially as it would mean for them qualification for the knockout phase of the Champions League. We have said in the introduction that third-positioned Copenhagen currently has two points fewer and better head-to-head score against Porto, so in case the two teams have the same number of points the Danes would go to the round of 16, while the Portuguese had to satisfy with knockout phase of the Europa League.
That is exactly what Porto wants to avoid and reason why we expect that will give its maximum at Dragao stadium in order to defeat reigning champions of England, who on the other hand have already secured the first place in the group and have no motive from that side in this match. We should stress that Porto would go to the round of 16 if Copenhagen doesn’t defeat in another match of Group G already written off Club Bruges, but we believe Porto will try to get there without help from others, so we expect their full offensive from the first minute, especially as coach Santo cannot count at the moment only at lightly injured midfielder Neves.
Probable lineups Porto: Casillas – M. Pereira, Felipe, Marcano, Layun – D. Pereira – Corona, O. Torres, Otavio – Jota, Silva
We have said that reigning champions of England play this match only for prestige, give that with four wins and one draw they had already secured the first place in the group and the round of 16, which is certainly a great success for team which debuted this season in the Champions League. It doesn’t mean they will surrender in advance at Dragao stadium, which is confirmed by very strong team announced for this match by coach Ranieri.
The decision took many by surprise if we know that Leicester doesn’t do well in the championship nearly as it does in the Champions League. The Foxes are now just two places above the drop zone in the Premier League standings, where they have just two points more than 18th-placed Hull. For that is most responsible their latest series of three defeats and two draws, although they scored at least by one goal in all those matches, so now we expect to see them in a fairly offensive edition not at Dragao stadium. Regarding injured players, on the list are at the moment only goalkeeper Schmeichel, and midfielders James and Kapustka.
Probable lineups Leicester: Zieler – Simpson, Morgan, Hernandez, Fuchs – Mahrez, Mendy, Drinkwater, Musa – Okazaki, Vardy
FC Porto – Leicester TIP
Of course, it is the most realistic to play on Porto’s victory, given they would surely qualify for the round of 16 if they win but on the other hand we expect that guests from England who have no imperative at all, can also be dangerous ad Dragao stadium, which is reason why we opted here for a pick with more goals.
Pick: over 2.5 goals
Odds: 1.83 at BetVictor (down to 1.75 can be played)