S
SEARCH
M
SW
Oct 27, 2020 at 8pm UK
PortoPorto
2-0
OlympiacosOlympiacos
Vieira (11'), Oliveira (85')
Corona (61'), Uribe (82'), Manafa (90')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Fortounis (80')
/esi/1339/6_G_1_129212/index.html?art_id=419689&game_id=129212&sport_id=1&ESI

Preview: Porto vs. Olympiacos - prediction, team news, lineups

:Headline: Preview: Porto vs. Olympiacos - prediction, team news, lineups: ID:419689: from db_amp
Sports Mole previews Tuesday's Champions League clash between Porto and Olympiacos, including team news and predicted lineups.

Porto will be looking to recover from their opening-day Champions League defeat to Manchester City when they welcome Greek Super League giants Olympiacos to the Estadio do Dragao for Tuesday's showdown.

In contrast, the visitors are aspiring to win their second European game on the bounce following their late 1-0 victory over Marseille last week.


Match preview

Given Porto's abysmal record on English soil, the Portuguese champions were never expected to take something away from their daunting trip to Manchester City, and the game panned out exactly as expected at the Etihad Stadium.

Sergio Conceicao's men did take the lead through Luis Diaz, but Pep Guardiola's men soon displayed their credentials with goals from Sergio Aguero, Ilkay Gundogan and Ferran Torres wrapping up a comfortable victory for the hosts in the opening round of fixtures.

That defeat in Manchester stretched Porto's winless run in all competitions to three matches following a loss to Maritimo and a draw with Sporting in the league, but Conceicao's men managed to get back on track with a narrow 1-0 victory over Gil Vicente, with Evanilson netting the winner for the 10 men of Porto on Saturday.

Despite succumbing to the better team on the night at the Etihad last Tuesday, the Porto faithful will still feel optimistic about their side's chances of advancing to the knockout stage, although they must now navigate a challenging test against an Olympiacos side who have had a full week's rest since overcoming Marseille in dramatic fashion.

Olympiacos and Marseille seemed destined to both walk away with a share of the spoils on the opening night, but as the Greek champions have done so often at home over the years, Pedro Martins's men dug deep and prevailed with a clean sheet after a gruelling 90 minutes of football.

Youssef El Arabi was unable to build on his hat-trick in the league against Atromitos as he made way for Ahmed Hassan - who headed in for the hosts just minutes after coming off the bench - with Mathieu Valbuena showing his former side what they were missing as he provided the cross for Thrylos's winner against Marseille.

Martins is yet to witness his side taste defeat in the 2020-21 campaign and Olympiacos have now prevailed in six of their eight matches this term, although the Greek giants have only managed to muster two points from their last two away matches, and Porto are certainly not a side to be taken lightly on their own turf.

Indeed, history between the two clubs suggests that the hosts will have the upper hand in this one; Porto have won two and drawn one of their matches with Olympiacos on familiar territory, but Thrylos have recorded a trio of victories against Porto in Piraeus.

Porto Champions League form: L
Porto form (all competitions): WWLDLW

Olympiacos Champions League form: W
Olympiacos form (all competitions): WWDDWW


Team News

Porto will continue to make do without the services of defender Ivan Marcano, who is recovering from a cruciate ligament rupture.

Conceicao is likely to revert to his four-man defence after lining up with three centre-backs against Gil Vicente, which is likely to see Zaidu Sanusi, who was given his marching orders at the weekend, shifted back out to the left-hand side.

Diaz was forced to miss Saturday's victory through injury and remains a doubt for this one, while Otavio's involvement is also uncertain with a muscular problem.

With regards to the visitors, midfielder Mady Camara tested positive for coronavirus prior to Olympiacos's game with Marseille, and the Guinea international is set to miss out again here.

Having had a full week off to recover from their late victory over Les Olympiens, Martins is unlikely to disrupt the harmony without good reason, although Hassan could start over El Arabi following his late winner last week.

Porto possible starting lineup:
Marchesin; Manafa, Mbemba, Pepe, Sanusi; Oliveira, Uribe, Vieira; Corona, Marega, Anderson

Olympiacos possible starting lineup:
Sa; Rafinha, Semedo, Ba, Cholevas; M'Vila, Bouchalakis; Randjelovic, Valbuena, Masouras; Hassan


We say: Porto 2-1 Olympiacos

These two sides have established themselves as the dominant forces in their respective leagues, and Tuesday's encounter is poised to be a hotly-contested battle. Porto do have a couple of injury concerns to deal with and have been looking a little shaky in the Primeira Liga, but the Dragons have never lost at home to Olympiacos and we expect that run to continue with a narrow victory on Tuesday night.


Top betting tip

Our expert tipster partners at Sporita.com are predicting under 3.5 goals in this match. Click here to find out what else they are predicting for this game and for more of their tried-and-tested football tips.Under 3.5:data


amp_article_419689 : Database Data restored...  : 
last updated article - 2020-10-25 12:30:05:
html db last update - 2020-11-25 18:50:13 :

ex - 7200 : read : read cache amp html
Read more!
Share this article now:
Primeira Liga Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Sporting Lisbon76101941519
2Braga7502127515
3Benfica7502179815
4Porto74121810813
5Rio AveRio Ave724155010
6Vitoria de GuimaraesGuimaraes731347-310
7Nacional724187110
8Santa ClaraSanta Clara731377010
9FamalicaoFamalicao72321114-39
10Pacos de FerreiraPacos de Ferreira622278-18
11MoreirenseMoreirense622256-18
12TondelaTondela7223612-68
13BelenensesBelenenses714235-27
14Maritimo7214811-37
15BoavistaBoavista71331015-56
16SC FarenseFarense7124912-35
17Gil Vicente712459-45
18PortimonensePortimonense7115511-64
Scroll for more - Tap for full version

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
UC
Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Premier League Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Tottenham HotspurSpurs96212191220
2Liverpool96212116520
3Chelsea953122101218
4Leicester CityLeicester96031812618
5Southampton95221713417
6Everton95131916316
7Aston Villa85031911815
8West Ham UnitedWest Ham94231510514
9Wolverhampton WanderersWolves9423910-114
10Manchester UnitedMan Utd84131314-113
11Crystal Palace94141213-113
12Arsenal9414910-113
13Manchester CityMan City83321011-112
14Leeds UnitedLeeds93241417-311
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle93241015-511
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton92341315-29
17Burnley8125412-85
18Fulham9117918-94
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom9036618-123
20Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd9018415-111
Scroll for more - Tap for full version
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
X

We value your privacy

A part of our GDPR compliance we need to ask for your consent. We and our partners use technology such as cookies on Sports Mole to personalise content and ads, provide social media features, and analyse our traffic. Click below to consent to the use of this technology on Sports Mole.