Champions league has prepared some tasty food for the fans today. After watching goal-fest matches in all matchdays, expectations from today’s games are high, too. Porto will host Juventus at the Estadio do Dragao in their pursuit of going through to the next round.
Both teams are in incredible form and have confidently won their latest matches at the local championships. Porto is still in the race for the Liga NOS leadership as they are still 1 point away from the first place that is occupied by Benfica. However, they managed to cut the gap in recent weeks as the Eagles lost once and tied another match.
Juventus, from their side, haven’t lost for a while, too. Massimiliano Allegri’s men have won their latest 7 matches after losing to Fiorentina on January 15. In their most recent clash, Juventus defeated Palermo with an incredible display.
Both teams have a good run in Champions League, too. The Old Lady qualified from the first place after winning 4 of their 6 matches and drawing the two others. Porto were the second in the group G as they won 3 games, drew 2 matches and lost for one occasion. It resulted in them staying behind Leicester.
Porto have no missing players, as Nuno can use all of his players against Juventus. Porto will most probably use their favorite playing scheme of 4-1-3-2 which they have been practicing in the previous games of the tournament. However, two players are in danger of missing the next game if they receive a booking today. Andre Silva and Felipe have to be cautious with their actions on the field.
Juventus are expected to play with the formation 4-2-3-1 that was used in their recent matches. Two players are still risking to miss today’s game, as Giorgio Chiellini has a slight injury while Leonardo Bonucci may not be involved in today’s action after the bust-up with Max Allegri at the weekend.
Mario Mandzukic is back to the team after missing the Palermo game due to a suspension.
These two teams met in 2001 last time and played two games against each other. The match in Portugal ended with a goalless draw while Juventus took the victory in Italy, winning the game with 3 goals to 1. Also, Juventus beat Porto 2-1 in the 1984 European Cup Winners’ Cup final.
It’s worth mentioning that Gianluigi Buffon is the only player that has taken part in games of 2001 and will feature today.
Attempting to reach the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals for the sixth time, the Dragons are unbeaten in their last seven (W3 D4) home encounters with Italian visitors.
Their last encounter with a Portuguese Liga club for Juventus came in the 2013/14 UEFA Europa League semi-finals, when they drew 0-0 at home to SL Benfica having lost the Lisbon first leg 2-1 – denying them a place in the final at their own Juventus Stadium.
Porto – Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Felipe, Marcano, Telles, Danilo, Corona, Torres, Brahimi, Jota, Silva
Juventus – Buffon, Lichtsteiner, Benatia, Chiellini, Sandro, Pjanic, Khedira, Cuadrado, Dybala, Mandzukic, Higuain