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Juventus v Porto Betting Tips: More of the same from hosts in Turin
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Juventus v Porto Betting Tips: More of the same from hosts in Turin

Having secured what is a commanding two-goal-lead in the away-leg, Juventus are well and truly in pole position to qualify from this tie. It’s unfortunate that Porto had to play with ten men for most of the first-leg – as a result, never really got the chance to put their best foot forward – but that’s how things panned out and the Portuguese outfit now look to have little chance of qualifying from this point. In front of a home crowd, Juventus are an extremely difficult side to get the better of and, with a two goal-cushion, it’s hard to…

Porto v Juventus Betting Tips: Cagey affair expected at Estádio do Dragão
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Porto v Juventus Betting Tips: Cagey affair expected at Estádio do Dragão

Juventus travel to take on Porto on Wednesday night – a match that, on the face of it, is probably a lot harder to call than most of the other quarter-final ties. Both teams come into this fixture having been in exceptional form in their own division recently and are likely to be confident. However, in contrast to some of last week’s high-scoring encounters, this match could be very tight indeed. Unlike many of the big clubs in this competition, Juventus aren’t known as the sort of team to go crazy in the goals department, especially in the big games.…

FC Copenhagen v FC Porto Betting Tips
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FC Copenhagen v FC Porto Betting Tips

Behind Leicester City and their great form in Champions League Group G, we have a good battle for second place hotting up between FC Copenhagen and FC Porto. This match will more than likely be the decider for that second qualification spot. Copenhagen are currently third in the group but have actually done pretty well having lost just the once and even that was just a narrow defeat away at in-form Leicester City. Even though they are currently only in the Europa League spots, you could argue that they have done better than Porto as they have scored five to…

Leicester City v FC Porto Betting Tips
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Leicester City v FC Porto Betting Tips

Usually you would consider Porto the favourites for this match, however, after a convincing 3-0 win on their Champions League debut, Leicester have shown they can cope on the pressurised European stage. The King Power Stadium will see the arrival of Champions League football for the first time on Tuesday night and, with the owners creating great atmospheres for domestic games, it will be interesting to see what the hierarchy do to make this an even more special occasion for the Leicester fans. Leicester followed up their Champions League win at Club Brugge with a win against Burnley in the…

AS Roma v Porto Betting Tip
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AS Roma v Porto Betting Tip

As I mentioned in my first leg tip, this is undoubtedly the tie of the round with two big names going head-to-head for a place in the Champions League group stages. Whilst Roma will be pleased to have secured an away goal in Porto, they will be disappointed that they were unable to take a win back to the Stadio Olimpico, especially given the fact that they only conceded through a penalty. Thomas Vermaelen’s sending off 41 minutes into his debut for the club definitely did not help Roma complete their objectives. Following that draw on Wednesday evening, Luciano Spalletti’s…

Porto v AS Roma Betting Tip
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Porto v AS Roma Betting Tip

In terms of the two names, this clash is undoubtedly the most tantalising out of all the Champions League playoff matches. The second prize of a Europa League group stage place will be seen as abject failure by both sets of fans so the pressure is really on to come out on top in this tie. Porto finished a disappointing third last season meaning they have to come through the qualification process if they want to join their compatriots Benfica and Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League group stage. There has not been much movement at Porto this summer, although…

Chelsea – Porto. Gabriele Marcotti’s prediction
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Chelsea – Porto. Gabriele Marcotti’s prediction

It’s in or out for Chelsea and, maybe, for Mourinho too. That’s sort of all you need to know. Screw it up and you’re gone. Porto contrived to lose at home to Dynamo Kiev in their last outing, but that was their only defeat of the season. In fact, other than that Dinamo game, they had won six in a row. The dynamics of the group are such that they can’t settle for a draw because you assume Dynamo are going to beat Maccabi and if it’s a 3-way draw, then Porto are out. So Porto have to go for…

Chelsea – Porto. Laure James’ prediction
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Chelsea – Porto. Laure James’ prediction

Jose Mourinho will be able to select from a fully fit Chelsea squad on Wednesday night, Radamel Falcao aside. The Portuguese coach is likely to play Eden Hazard as his number 10, but he is without a goal in 25 club games. We definitely expect Diego Costa to start and hope to add to his tally of seven goals stretching back to January. The carrot for Chelsea is a win will see them finish top of the group, while a draw is enough to finish second. Porto need to win to guarantee they progress, and against a side lacking in…

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