Lokomotiv Moscow vs Porto
UEFA Champions League
Date: Wednesday, 24 October 2018
Kick-Off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: RZD Arena (Moscow).
Lokomotiv will be hoping to take advantage of the momentum and bring the fine domestic form to continental competition where they are catching a last train against Porto on Wednesday evening at RZD Arena. Anything but a victory would move the Russian champions away from the race for the knockout phase after opening two defeats to Galatasaray and Schalke 04.
Porto, on the other side, took four points from two rounds and they currently top Champions league’s group D alongside the German outfit. They come into this off the back of a demolishing 0-6 victory over lower division Vila Real in Taca da Portugal (Portuguese Cup).
Nevertheless, the Dragons lost their previous Primeira Liga clash to fierce rivals Benfica to drop down to the third place in the league ladder.
Lokomotiv Moscow vs Porto: Head-to-head
The two sides did not have the chance to take on each other in the past.
Lokomotiv Moscow vs Porto: Prediction
Parovozy got off to a poor kick off to the season, but their form has seen a decent rise of late. They won three on the bounce to climb up to the sixth place in the Russian Premier League standings. The streak includes a huge 0-1 victory over CSKA Moscow in the city derby just days after Armeitsy took a Real Madrid scalp in the Champions League.
Nonetheless, Yury Semin’s men failed to deliver in the continental competition where they are yet to score a goal coming into this third round tie. We can certainly expect a real buzz in and around RZD Arena given this is the hosts’ last chance to catch up with the rest of the group in the battle for one of top two spots.
Looking from the betting perspective, there is a huge value in backing the hosts not to lose at 1.85 odds. Loko won three on the spin in a strong Russian Premier League and we’d not be surprised to even see them snatching the spoils here. The alternative bet would be Under 2.5 goals FT since both teams were pretty tough to break down of late.
Lokomotiv Moscow vs Porto: Bet Tips
Lokomotiv Moscow or Draw @ 1.85 (17/20)
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.61 (8/13).