Porto vs Leicester
Competition: UEFA Champions League
Date: 07 December 2016
Kick-off: 20:45 CET
Leicester have already done the impossible and backed up their incredible season last year with now qualifying for the Champions League. They may be suffering domestically, but they have locked up top spot of Group G, and there is nothing any of the other teams, not even Porto, can do about it.
Porto are currently in second, and while they cannot take first away from the Foxes, they can lose out on qualification if Coppenhagen beat Brugge and the men from Portugal lose to the English side. Porto are in a real precarious position because they will have to hunt a win to be guaranteed safety, but that will be difficult against a team that has not lost a game in the group stages yet, as Leicester have four wins and a draw. Porto have eight points at the moment, and it should be expected that Copenhagen will beat the currently point-less Brugge – this would give them nine points and the qualification if Porto lose.
What may be in Porto’s favour is that Leicester have nothing left to play for in this game, and they could well take it easy in order to focus on the Premier League, an area they have been way off form in. Leicester have nothing left to prove by beating Porto, as they are a full five points clear, but they are still a proud team and will want to carry momentum through into the knockout stages of the competition.
Porto vs Leicester: Previous encounter
Leicester managed four wins, and only drew to Copenhagen in their five games so far, when they met Porto at home, they managed to come away there 1-0 winners as their splendid run in the Champions league began. Slimani was the man to score in that game, in the 25th minute.
Porto vs Leicester: Prediction
A lot in this game depends on how serious Claudio Ranieri takes it. If he feels there is a point to prove, it could well spell the end of Porto as Copenhagen leapfrog them with their expected three points at Brugge. Porto have got the ability to beat Leicester, but in a straight shoot out you would still back the foxes. Expect the men from Leicester to take the game lightly and lose to Porto who qualify.
Porto vs Leicester: Tips
Porto have not been electric in front of goal, and although they will search for a winner,they will probably score and hold the lead. Bet on the game to have less than 2.5 goals in it.