Champions League

Portuguese giants FC Porto welcome striving Lokomotiv Moscow at the Dragao

FC Porto are top of the Champions League group D with seven points and one win away from progressing to the knock-out phase.

The Blues find themselves leading ahead of Schalke 04 by two points in group D, registering two victories and a draw up to this point. Having established a victory at Lokomotiv Moskva a fortnight ago, the Dragons want more of the same in the home game.

The visitors undertake a tough task on Tuesday 6 when Yuri Semin’s side visit the Estadio do Dragão (Dragon Stadium). Currently sitting in bottom-place and not having acquired any points thus far, having only scored one goal in their seven away Champions League matches. 

Porto has only lost two of their last 13 meetings against Russian sides back in 2013 when they were eliminated by FC Zenit in the two-legs. However, failed to score in all four of their Champions League games against the Russians, yet lost only two of their 14 home group stage fixtures.

While Semin’s group has lost five of their last seven games against Portuguese teams but were successful over Sporting Lisbon in a 3-1 victory back in September 2015. 

FC Porto predicted line-up (4-3-3): Casillas, Maxi, Militao, Felipe, Alex Telles, Oliver, Danilo, Herrera, Corona, Marega, Brahimi.

Vincent Aboubakar is confirmed to be unavailable until early next year after picking up a knee injury in September and Soares has been ruled out of the competition due to suffering from a previous injury.

Lokomotiv Moscow predicted line-up (4-2-3-1): Guilherme, Ignatyev, Corluka, Howedes, Idowu, Denisov, Krychowiak, Anton Miranchuk, Alexey Miranchuk, Manuel Fernandes, Eder.

Confirmed absence for Solomon Kvirkvelia due to suspension and Kolomeytsev, who is recovering from a thigh injury.

It is not certain Maciej Rybus is fit to take part in the clash after undertaking a thigh injury.

FC Porto enters this match as clear favourites and in a good run of form. Consequently, Moscow will fight hard to seek those three points that would keep them alive in the tournament. 

Should Porto prevail over Lokomotiv Moskva, the Portuguese side could give themselves a six-point lead over the third-placed in the table. Schalke 04 (2nd place/5 points) and Galatasaray, (3rd place/4 points) meet in Germany the same evening.

The Dragons confirmed their 23rd presence in the competition this year, the same as Barcelona and Real Madrid.

5TH NOVEMBER 2018

 

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