Porto head into Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Juventus on the back of a tumultuous week. The Portuguese champions need to concentrate on the task in hand here though, which is to take a good result into the second leg of this last-16 tie next month in Turin.
Where and when: Estadio Do Dragao – 17 February, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Porto vs. Juventus: BT Sport
Last time: Paulo Dybala netted a penalty as Juventus beat Porto 1-0 in the second leg of a Champions League last-16 meeting between the clubs in 2017, sending the Old Lady through 3-0 on aggregate.
Porto v Juventus Predictions and Preview
Juventus are looking for their fourth straight victory over Porto in the first leg of this Champions League knockout tie. The Bianconeri have found some form under Andrea Pirlo following a below-par start to the campaign, while their hosts this week are looking to reignite their own season with a positive result.
Porto drew three matches in a row prior to Saturday’s home game against struggling Boavista. Sergio Conceicao – who featured for Lazio, Parma and Inter Milan during his playing career – watched his team share a 0-0 stalemate with Belenenses before a pair of draws with Braga in the league and cup.
Porto had three players sent off across those two games against Braga, and they will need to keep their discipline against Juventus. With the likes of ex-Sporting Lisbon man Cristiano Ronaldo around, any deficit in numbers will be keenly felt, although you may be able to turn a profit by betting on a red card in this game.
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In the outright market, the away team are the 21/20 favourites in this Porto v Juventus preview. The Old Lady took a seven-match unbeaten run into their clash with Napoli at the weekend, winning six of those. The other game in that sequence was a goalless draw with Inter in the Coppa Italia, which was enough to take the Bianconeri into yet another final.
Juve’s Serie A defeat to Inter last month was their only loss in 12, prior to their trip to Naples. Andrea Pirlo is finding his feet in his first managerial role, while the Old Lady’s traditional defensive stability is returning. They only conceded once in that seven-game run ahead of the weekend, and Juve are 13/10 to keep another clean sheet here.
Porto will have to put in a strong defensive performance if they’re going to take any form of advantage into next month’s second leg. The Dragons are priced at 16/5 for the win with William Hill, while a draw on Wednesday night is available at 12/5.
One to watch for Porto: Sergio Oliveira has been in good form this season, with his prowess from the penalty spot propelling him to 13 goals in all competitions. The Portuguese midfielder is out at 11/1 to break the deadlock in these Porto v Juventus predictions.
One to watch for Juventus: Cristiano Ronaldo is always keen to impress when he returns to Portugal with his clubs. Top scorer in Serie A, the Bianconeri forward has four goals in four Champions League appearances so far this term. He is the 3/1 favourite to open the scoring on Wednesday night.
Long shot: Juventus have been excellent defensively in recent games, and they kept two clean sheets against Porto four years ago. The Old Lady are 21/10 to win to nil, with a 1-0 away win priced at 6/1. With Ronaldo getting the all-important goal, those odds rise to 25/1.