FC Porto vs Besiktas
Competition: UEFA Champions League
Date: 13th September 2017
Kick-off: 20:45 CET
Venue: Estadio do Dragao
Even the second spot in the table at the end of the championship season last year in Portugal was enough to give Porto a direct ticket to the Champions League group stage. No qualifying matches for them, that gave them the… luxury to focus on the first games of the new championship season in Portugal, where they have five wins in as many games, without even having conceded yet(!). Estoril, Tondela, Moreirense, Braga, Chaves, none of those is… Benfica, or Sporting, but still, Porto have looked super serious, focused, disciplined, having 15 points and 12-0 goals so far.
It must be awesome to be a Besiktas fan these days. The team won the championship last season, right after entering their fantastic new stadium, and at the start of the new season they are the only team of Istanbul’s “big three” to be playing international football, and not just… any football, but Champions League group stage one. Galatasaray got kicked out of the Europa League qualifiers early in the summer, Fenerbahce had the same fate in the playoffs, which leaves Besiktas as the… bosses of the city, at least regarding their international exposure. In four Super Lig matches at the start of the new season in Turkey, they have three wins and one draw. Last weekend they beat Karabukspor 1-0 away from home.
Previous 5 matches:
Porto vs Chaves 3-0
Sporting Braga vs FC Porto 0-1
Porto vs Moreirense 3-0
Tondela vs FC Porto 0-1
Porto vs Estoril 4-0
Karabükspor vs Besiktas JK 0-1
Besiktas JK vs Bursaspor 2-1
Kasimpasa vs Besiktas JK 2-2
Besiktas JK vs Antalyaspor 2-0
Besiktas JK vs Konyaspor 1-2
Porto’s next game is on Sunday at Rio Ave in the Portuguese Primeira Liga. A day later, Besiktas will be hosting Konyaspor in the Turkish Super League.
FC Porto vs Besiktas: Head to head Stats
Porto have hosted Besiktas twice before, beating them once, 2-0, with the other game ending in a 1-1 draw.
FC Porto vs Besiktas: Prediction
Without underestimating Besiktas, I feel in this specific game Porto have the upper hand, and should win, one way or another.
FC Porto vs Besiktas: Betting Tips
FC Porto’s win pays just 1.50 betting odds. For more than that, I suggest a Porto win combined with a clean sheet, at 2.25 betting odds.
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