Porto vs Juventus
UEFA Champions League – Round of 16, First Leg
Date: Wednesday, 22nd February 2017
Kick-Off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: Estadio do Dragao (Porto).
It is a clash between two teams in top form as Porto welcome Juventus for the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie.
FC Porto finished second in Group G, 2 points below Premier League champions Leicester City. They are unbeaten in 2 home matches, starting off with a 1-1 draw against Copenhagen followed by back-to-back wins against Club Bruges and Leicester.
Juventus qualified to the knockout stage as group leaders, 3 points clear-off Sevilla. They are unbeaten in the 6 matches with 4 wins and 2 draws. They won each of their 3 away matches, while picked up 1 win and 2 draws at home.
Porto vs Juventus: Form Guide
Porto are unbeaten in their league since the 2-1 away defeat to Sporting on August 2016. This is a streak of 19 matches which includes 14 wins and 5 draws. They are coming to this Champions League fixture on the back of 6 straight wins. Meanwhile, they are yet to taste defeat in a home match this season.
Juventus lost 2-1 to Fiorentina in the Serie A clash on 15th January. Since then, the Old Lady picked up 7 straight wins. Juventus are unbeaten at home in all competitions this season, 16 wins and 2 draws. Their record away from home so far is 11 wins and 4 losses from 15 games.
Porto vs Juventus: Head-to-head stats
Porto failed to beat Juventus in each of their three previous meetings in a UEFA competitions.
In 1984 European Cup Winners Cup final in Basel, Juve beat Porto by a 2-1 margin. And in the most recent meeting during the 2001/02 first group stage of Champions League, they drew 0-0 at home before winning 3-1 at home.
Porto are unbeaten in the last 7 home meetings with Italian clubs, 3 wins and 4 draws. The overall home record is 4 wins, 6 draws and 3 losses from 13 matches.
The Old Lady have managed to win just once in their 5 previous visits to Portugal. They drew 1 and lost 3. Their overall record against teams from Portugal is 5 wins, 2 draws and 4 losses. All the four defeats were inflicted by Benfica.
Porto vs Juventus: Prediction
Both teams are coming on the back of some serious form and this is expected to be a close contest. Porto will look to make the home advantage count and we believe they have a real chance.
Juventus doesn’t look convincing at times in away games this season. The 2-1 loss at Fiorentina on mid-January is a typical example of this. The Dragons have a formidable record at this stadium and they could get at least a draw from this fixture.
Porto vs Juventus: Bet Tips
Double Chance – Porto or Draw at 1.70.