UEFA Champions League Preview: Porto vs. Austria Wien

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Updated: September 12, 2013
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James Rodriguez and João Moutinho’s transfer to AS Monaco can readily affect Porto’s performance. Yet, this is felt only when they face the likes of Atletico Madrid. Against the novice Austria Wien, their absence is hardly felt. With their experience and better player roster, there is no wonder why they are heavy favorites of many sports betting sites.        

 

Porto

Next to Atletico Madrid, Porto is one of the clubs predicted to advance in the tournament. A frequent attraction in the competition, Champions League seemed incomplete if the Portuguese outfit is not around.

 
Despite its consistent appearance, Porto cannot seem to get past of the group stage. Last year, the club advanced into the round of 16 only to be beaten by Malaga. It was the 2nd consecutive season that it was eliminated in the said round.

 

As Porto enters the tournament again, there have been questions regarding its true form. In the chaotic transfer season, the club lost 2 of its important men (James Rodriguez and João Moutinho) to big spender and newly promoted club, AS Monaco.

 

Austria Wien

Die Veilchen is a certified newbie in the Champions League. Not only did they manage to beat Dinamo Zagreb in the play-offs, they have also clinched their 24th title in the domestic league.

 

Although a green horn, the club displays potential. But their abilities on the pitch, still, requires refinements.

 

The verdict: Austria Wien gets knocked down

Between the two, Porto’s strength is evident and they are indeed, in a better position to clinch the matchday one victory.

 

They may have lost Rodriguez and Moutinho, yet, they still have Jackson Martinez, The club also invested heavily for Hector Herrera and Diego Reyes to solidify their flank. Going against Die Veilchen will barely give them a headache, but definitely, the club will be experiencing a great warm-up.

 

As for the neophyte’s side, the best that they can do for now is to use their UCL experience to polish their squad. Who knows, they might enter the competition next season.

 

Match Date: 18 September 2013 (local time)

Venue: Ernst-Happel-Stadion