Portuguese Giants Porto To Host Juventus In First Leg Of Round Of 16 In UEFA Champions League | Match Preview

Massimiliano Allegri’s Juventus will travel to Portugal to face FC Porto in the first leg of the Round of 16 of the 2016/2017 UEFA Champions League at Estadio do Dragao.

The Portuguese giants FC Porto have been struggling during the past two season with a couple of managerial changes. Nevertheless, they have managed to be among Portugal’s top three and reached at least the knockout stages of either UEFA Champions League or UEFA Europa League.

Head coach, Nuno Espirito Santo, was appointed by Valencia in June 2016. He has been coaching FC Porto in overall 36 matches. He has won 20, drew ten and suffered defeat in four matches, he has gained a win-ratio of approximately 59%.

FC Porto reached the Round of 16 of the 2016/2017 UEFA Champions League as the runners-up of Group G, which included FC Copenhagen (Denmark), Club Brügge (Belgium) and Leicester City (England). Santo’s Porto managed to collect overall eleven points after winning three matches, drawing twice and suffered defeat in one match.

Team News: Everyone in FC Porto’s UEFA Champions League squad are available for Wednesday’s fixture at Estadio do Dragao with the exception of two players. Felipe and André Silva will miss Wednesday’s match against the Italian champions Juventus due to suspension.

Porto’s Form:
Leicester City | W
FC Copenhagen | D
Club Brügge | W
Club Brügge | W
Leicester City | L

The Italian champions Juventus have been working hard to reach their top level. They managed to become the 2014/2015 UEFA Champions League runners-up after a narrow defeat to FC Barcelona at Olympic Stadium in Berlin. They are the current league leaders Juventus and the gap to second placed AS Roma is seven points.

Massimiliano Allegri’s Juventus finished on a first place in Group H with 14 points. They managed to win four matches and draw twice, going through the group stage unbeaten. Juventus’ group included Sevilla (Spain), Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia) and Lyon (France).

Team News: The Italian champions Juventus will have all of their players available for Wednesday’s first leg of the Round of 16. However, two players, Andrea Barzagli (thigh) and Giorgio Chiellini (thigh), will miss Wednesday’s first leg of the Round of 16 of the 2016/2017 UEFA Champions League.

Juventus’ Form:
Dinamo Zagreb | W
Sevilla | W
Lyon | D
Lyon | W
Dinamo Zagreb | W

Both clubs have faced each other in overall three matches. Juventus have won twice and one match has ended in a goalless draw. The last time they faced each other was in the group stage of the 2001/2002 UEFA Champions League, when Juventus won convincingly with 3 – 1 in Turin.

Porto have won the UEFA Champions League twice (1986/1987 and 2003/2004) and Juventus have also won twice (1984/1985 and 1995/1996).

The Italian champions Juventus are clear favourites but one can expect fierce-fighting FC Porto that might even surprise Massimiliano Allegri’s side. Neverthless, Juventus’ squad is full of quality player with individual qualities at the highest level. Hopefully, both football clubs will surprise everyone with an exciting match with a high intensity.

Porto 2 – 3 Juventus

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