FC Porto vs Juventus
Competition: UEFA Champions League
Date: 22 February 2017
Kick-off: 20:45 CET
Porto were probably the most surprised that they did not top a fairly weak group as they settled for second behind the surprising Leicester in Group G. But now, having battled their way to the knockout stages, they have a real test on their hands as they take on Juventus who look in dominant form.
The Italians have a healthy lead at the top of Serie A and are cruising towards the title having lost only four games out of 25 and not drawn a single one. They were equally ruthless in their group for neither Sevilla nor Lyon could keep up with Juve keeping an undefeated record through their six games, only drawing the two games there, and drawing against their tougher opponents. Juventus won’t mind traveling as the side from Portugal were the second ranked team in what was arguably the weakest group in the competition and as such Juventus will know that they have the firepower to defeat the side that is only second in the league domestically.
For Porto, they must have been favourites to dominate their group, but as Leicester started their season in good form, especially in cup competition, that soon fell away as the side from Portugal had to play second fiddle – although they did get their revenge in the final game, winning 5-0. Porto will want to take advantage of their home game up front to score a few goals as they are an attacking team, scoring nine in six games, but in saying that Juve managed to get 11 in their six games – almost an average of two a game.
FC Porto vs Juventus: Group stage form
Porto put on displays in their groups stages that did not seem to be as clinical as they could. Facing weak opposition like Brugge and Copenhagen they barely got out of first gear, scoring just enough to sneak the win.
Juventus on the other hand capitalised both home and away and looked ruthless both in attack and in defence conceding just two goals to go with their 11 scored.
FC Porto vs Juventus: Prediction
Porto will try and do what they can with their home advantage but in all reality Juventus should be too strong as nothing seemed to slow them in the group stages. Porto will probably go on the defensive but Juve have more than enough in the tanks to break that defence. They should win comfortably away from home.
FC Porto vs Juventus: Tips
Expect Juve to keep a clean sheet and to score at least two with their balanced game.