FC Porto’s excellent start of the season allows them, this week, to go into this Champions League match with
a lot of confidence about what they can do in this tougher competition.
We must give credit for that to manager Sérgio Conceição, who took on the huge responsibility of making a team out of players that already had, all of them, contract with FC Porto. With a well-defined starting XI, the team has played very well in Liga NOS.
Stronger at home in the way they absorb the strengths of their opponents to become the dominating team, and more controlling away from home, managing the pace of the game, FC Porto has the image of complete squad in the way they face every opponent.
The absence of Aboubakar can, however, be a challenge for them, that should make Sérgio Conceição consider putting Marega with Tiquinho Soares up front or opting to field a different player, that can be Otávio or André André, to reinforce the midfield area.
This 1st Champions’ League match will feature a lot of familiar faces on the other side. Pepe and Ricardo Quaresma are two very respected players by FC Porto’s fans and can be helpful for the Turks to go into this match a bit more relaxed.
Talisca, who played at Benfica in Portugal, is one of the most dangerous players, creative-wise, of this Besiktas side who, despite having lost the Turkish Supercup, has only dropped points once in the leage, with a draw.
Despite the dangers presented by Besiktas, FC Porto is favoured to win on this encounter against the Turks.
Sérgio Conceição should maintain his more offensive approach, trying, with his balanced squad, get enough points at home to achieve their goal of qualifying for the round of 16.
FC Porto vs Besiktas – Betting Tip and Prediction:
On this early stage of the season it is essential to get this win, in order to establish a scenario of tranquillity in the roster.
The worst thing that can happen to a team that usually likes to be fast on the attack as their main game plan, is losing confidence on that style.
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