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Champions League: Porto vs Juventus – Casillas & Buffon headline Duel of Dragao

Buffon meets Casillas

Two top goalkeepers will be at opposite ends as their teams take on each other in the Champions League on Wednesday night. While Iker Casillas has three Champions League medals, his compatriot has had the ignominy of suffering two final losses in the competition. The Estadio Dragao will be host for the night as Porto and Juventus battle it out for supremacy.

 

The two teams have faced each other three times as Juventus have two wins and a draw. Porto are yet to beat the Italian side and will be looking to end the curse as they take on The Old Lady on Wednesday night.

 

 

 

 

Porto looking to rekindle the good old days

Mourinho was the last manager when Porto won the Champions League crown back in 2003-2004. Since then, the furthest Porto has gone in the tournament is the quarter-final, and they will be looking to bring back the glory days back to the club.

 

Porto goes into this fixture winning 6 on the bounce and with that form coupled with home advantage they will look to stun their opponents who themselves are on a pretty good run.

 

 

 

Porto Team News

Porto have no injury worries and Nuno Espirito Santo will have a full squad to choose from. Winter signing Francisco Soares has been the best attacking outlet since his arrival at Porto netting 4 goals in 3 games.

 

Juventus look to continue their red-hot form

Like Porto, Juventus are on a pretty good run of results, winning seven games in a row in all competitions. With the Italian mindset at heart, Juventus could definitely ensure they come out of Portugal with the tie still in the balance.

 

 

The other stat that goes in Juve’s favour is that they won all three away games in the group stages of the tournament, so a win a Porto could be no big complication for the Italian giants.

 

Juventus Team News

Despite Andrea Barzagli and Giorgio Chiellini missing the weekend clash, they are back in the squad to take on the Portuguese side. However, Leonardo Bonucci will be left out due to an outburst involving coach Allegri.

 

 

 

Predicted Lineups
 

FC Porto XI (4-3-1-2): Casillas; Pereira, Marcano, Felipe, Telles; Danilo, Herrera, Oliver Torres; Corona, Andre Silva, Soares

Juventus XI (4-2-3-1): Buffon; Lichtsteiner, Rugani, Chiellini, Sandro; Pjanic, Khedira; Cuadrado, Dybala, Mandzukic; Higuain

 

Player to watch out for

Paulo Dybala

With 10 goals and 6 assists so far this season, he will definitely be the man to watch out for. He has been pivotal for Juventus all season and has been the attacking third.

 

 

Match Prediction

FC Porto 1-1 Juventus

Both teams look very strong but with the home advantage Porto will put up a fight and challenge Juventus. The healthy defence from both teams will ensure a stalemate, which sees the match end in a draw.

 

TV Guide

You can watch the game live on TEN 1 HD on Thursday, February 23 at 01:15 am

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