Besiktas vs Porto – UEFA Champions League: On the 5th round of group G we have a very interesting match…
With FC Porto travelling to Istanbul to face the Turkish 2-time champions.
The Turkish team only needs 1 point to advance to the next stage, while the Portuguese need all 3 points to stay in a comfortable position against Leipzig and Monaco.
Besiktas has 10 points in 4 matches and has been having a great campaign in the Champions League, having won the first 3 matches with some surprising results, including a win at Estádio do Dragão on the first round (1-3).
The Turkish club has reinforced itself well, with players proven in other European clubs, like Pepe, Gary Medel, Negredo and Lens.
They joined Quaresma, Talisca, Babel and, the Turkish man of the hour, Cenk Tosun.
This is a team with a lot of quality that can cause trouble to any European team, especially when playing at the Vodafone Arena in Istanbul.
The Turks have already scored 8 goals in this competition, up until this point, having scored in every match.
As for the league, their situation is different, since they have already dropped several points in an unexpected fashion. However, they are only 4 points behind leaders Galatasaray.
On the Turkish league, the team has 19 goals scored in 12 matches, scoring 9 goals on the 6 matches they played at home. Last season, they scored in every Champions’ League match at home.
Porto got off to a poor start in this Champions League, but they turned things around and are now in an excellent position to advance, needing at least 4 more points, which means that a draw in this match wouldn’t be a bad result.
However, the Portuguese team, if they want to be calm in the last round, should play to win here in Turkey.
With 6 points in 4 matches, the Dragons have won at Monaco and then won against Leipzig at home, but their main characteristic in Europe are their defensive weaknesses.
Sérgio Conceição’s team has already conceded 7 goals in 4 matches.
Adding that to the fact that their roster is short and there are some physically affected players, I believe it will be very hard for them not to concede in this match.
Besiktas vs FC Porto – Betting Tip and Prediction:
I believe this will be an interesting match, with two good teams, and that both teams will score.
Porto will have the initiative and Besiktas’ team will play the way that favours them the most: abusing the counter-attack and exploring the creativity and speed of their players up front.
The environment at the stadium is something that can affect the Portuguese team, like we saw on Benfica’s match last season, in Istanbul.
In that sense, I believe that Besiktas is favourite and might win this match to clinch the top spot in group G.
The best bet however, will be on goals, the over 2.5 goals, because both teams have conditions to score in this match.
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