Reigning Italian Serie A champions and current league leaders Juventus will be visiting Portuguese side Porto this Wednesday, February 22nd in a round-of-16 European Champions League showdown.
The second-leg of the home-and-away series will then be played back in Italy on Tuesday, March 14th.
Porto vs Juventus Odds – bet365 Soccer Betting Line:
- bet365 currently lists Juventus as the favorites to win the game at 6/5 with Porto 13/5 and a draw at 11/5
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Porto vs Juventus – Head to Head:
- FC Porto is winless against Juventus in three previous meetings. Juventus edged them 2-1 in the European Cup Winners’ Cup final 1984 in Switzerland. The two teams also drew 0-0 in Porto in the group stage of the 2001/02 Champions League campaign while Juventus won 3-1 in their home leg in Turin.
Porto – A Closer Look:
Porto is battling neck and neck with Benfica for the Primeira Liga title this season as it seems to be a two-horse race with Sporting trying to keep pace. Porto went into last weekend’s domestic schedule with just one loss in league play this season. They had won five league outings in a row and nine of their last 10. As far as the Champions League goes, Porto finished second in their group behind English Premier League champions Leicester City.
Changes to Porto’s Champions League squad sees the inclusion of Diogo Dalot, Kelvin, Francisco Ramos and Tiquinho while Adrian Lopez, Luís Mata, Evandro, Sergio Oliveira, Silvestre Varela and Sergio Ribeiro have been omitted. Porto finished the group stage with three wins, two draws and a loss with nine goals scored and three allowed. The Portuguese club is two-time champions of Europe and is appearing in the knockout stage of the Champions League for the second time in the past three years. Their last appearance was two years ago when they downed FC Basel 5-1 on aggregate before losing 7-4 to Bayern Munich in the quarterfinals.
Porto had two wins and a draw at home in the group stage this season with wins over Club Brugge and Leicester. Porto is hoping to reach the final four of the Champions League for the sixth time. They’re undefeated in their past seven home matches against Italian clubs with three wins and four draws. However, in their previous six encounters they had just one win along with two draws and three defeats. Overall, they’ve played 28 games against Italian opponents with eight victories, nine draws and 11 losses.
Juventus – A Closer Look:
Juventus topped Group H in the first stage of this year’s Champions League with four wins and two draws while scoring 11 times and conceding twice. They look poised to win the Italian Serie A yet again this season as they entered last weekend’s games with a seven-point lead over second-place AS Roma. Juventus led their league with a record of 20 wins, no draws and four losses with 49 goals for and 16 against.
Juventus won all three of their away games in this year’s group stage including a 4-0 triumph at GNK Dinamo Zagreb. The Italian champions are aiming to reach the Champions League quarterfinals for the 10th time. However, they’ve reached the final four just twice in their last six attempts. They were knocked out of the competition in the group of 16 by Bayern Munich last season by an aggregate score of 6-2in extra time following a 2-2 home draw.
The last time Juventus met a Portuguese club was n the semifinals of the 2013/14 Europa League when they lost 2-1 in Lisbon to Benfica and then drew 0-0 in Italy. Juventus’ record against Portuguese clubs stands at five wins, two draws and four losses, with all four defeats coming at the hands of Benfica. Away from home, Juventus has one win, a draw and three losses against Portuguese competition. Champions League squad changes for Juventus see the inclusion of Stephan Lichtsteiner and Tomas Rincon while Patrice Evra and Hernanes have been left out.
Porto vs Juventus – Takeaway
Juventus has been tough on the road this season, so Porto needs to be well prepared for the first leg.
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