Champions League Preview (Group Stage): Porto vs. Bate

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Updated: September 10, 2014
FC Porto - Jose Campana

Match Date: 17 September 2014 (local time)

Venue: Estádio do Dragão

 

Bate Borisov is tasked with the crucial job of overcoming a Champions League legend, FC Porto. Going against a former champion is never easy, considering the experience that Porto has in this particular competition. The best result that the Belarusian powerhouse can expect is a draw, or better yet, a scoreless stalemate, instead of losing a point.

 

For FC Porto, this crucial step will bring them back into the limelight of the European competition.

 

The contenders

Porto

Porto can be fairly described as one of the strongest forces in the Champions League. It has already accumulated 2 titles under its belt, not to mention the 2 Europa League silverwares that it also won.

 

Clearly, Porto is far from being your typical push-over squad. It has a winning history to brag. In terms of its performance in the domestic league, Porto has been faring well, which is a good sign as it lessens the burden and stress often felt in the Champions League.

 

Bate

Bate has never won a single trophy both in the Champions and Europa Leagues. Nevertheless, they have been a familiar face in the Europa League for several years. They should be able to use their experience from the above-mentioned tournament in order to compete well against the online betting favorite, FC Porto.

 

Possible head turners

Watch out for Porto’s Yacine Brahimi as he could trigger a scoring spree. Likewise, Bate should be mindful of Bruno Martins Indi as the defender has a reputation of keeping the ball well to Porto’s side.

 

Prediction

FC Porto 2 – 0 Bate

 

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