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Juventus vs Porto Prediction & Match Preview

Juventus

FC Porto

9 March 2021 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET Champions League Allianz Stadium

A place in the Champions League quarter-finals will be at stake when Juventus and Porto face each other at Allianz Stadium on Tuesday evening. 

The Bianconeri aim to overcome a one-goal deficit in the return leg, and their display in a 3-1 win over Lazio is surely giving fans a reason for optimism. 

You should bear in mind that Andrea Pirlo’s men are on a seven-game winning run at home in the Serie A. 

The likes of Bentacur, Chiellini, and Dybala are sidelined with injuries, while de Ligt is a major doubt.

The Dragons, on the other hand, are not enjoying a season to remember, and they have slim chances of defending their Primeira Liga title. 

Since Juventus are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we predict that Sergio Conceicao’s men are going to return to Portugal empty-handed. 

Both Mbaye and Mbemba are injured, while Corona and Pepe will be assessed ahead of the kick-off.

Juventus vs Porto: Head-to-head (h2h)

Teams Juventus FC Porto played so far 5 matches.
Juventus won 3 direct matches. FC Porto won 1 matches. 1 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 2.00 goals per Match.

Juventus vs Porto Prediction

Juventus in actual season average scored 2.11 goals per match. In 18 (94.74%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 12 (63.16%) matches in season 2021 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

FC Porto average scored 2.03 goals per match in season 2021. In 15 (83.33%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 10 (55.56%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Team News:

Andrea Pirlo's significant injury list may be starting to ease, with Giorgio Chiellini and Matthijs de Ligt closing in on a return to the squad, while Leonardo Bonucci and Arthur both came off the bench in the second half of Saturday's win over Lazio and Juan Cuadrado was fit enough to play 70 minutes.

However, Paulo Dybala remains injured, while Rodrigo Bentancur tested positive for COVID-19 late last week. In addition, versatile defender Danilo - who even featured in midfield last time out - is suspended.

The Juventus rearguard will necessarily be a mix-and-match affair then, with Pirlo most likely to pair Bonucci with Merih Demiral in central defence, allowing Alex Sandro to switch back to the left flank.

Enjoying his most fruitful goalscoring campaign in a Juve shirt, Alvaro Morata should be favoured to start alongside Cristiano Ronaldo up front, with Dejan Kulusevski dropping to the bench.

The visitors have concerns over the availability of key men Pepe and Jesus Corona, who both returned from the weekend trip to Barcelos having suffered injuries. The former Real Madrid centre-back suffered a calf strain, while 'Tecatito' was hurt in an aerial collision.

Porto's Chancel Mbemba is expected to be unavailable again, while Ivan Marcano may also not be fit enough to feature in Turin, causing a potential selection problem in central defence if Pepe cannot play.

Having posed Juventus a number of problems in the first leg - and both found the net - Moussa Marega and Mehdi Taremi are set to be paired in Sergio Conceicao's front two.

Juventus possible starting lineup:
Szczesny; Cuadrado, Bonucci, Demiral, Sandro; Chiesa, Rabiot, McKennie, Ramsey; Morata, Ronaldo

Porto possible starting lineup:
Marchesin; Manafa, Pepe, Mbemba, Zaidu; Oliveira, Uribe, Otavio, Corona; Taremi, Marega


 

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