UEFA Champions League Preview: Porto v Leicester City

Football
Updated Thursday 8th December 2016, 09:45 AM


A trip to Portugal on Wednesday evening will provide Leicester City with a welcome distraction from their Premier League problems as they take on Porto. Claudio Ranieri’s men have already clinched top spot in UEFA Champions League Group G, but will still be looking for a much-needed boost against a Porto side in need of a positive result to join them in the last 16.

How the Bookies See it:

  • Winner: Porto 1/3, Draw 9/2, Leicester 10/1 - Bet365
  • First Goalscorer: Andre Silva 4/1, Laurent Depoitre 5/1, Adrian 11/2 - BetVictor
  • Correct Score: Porto 2-0 5/1, Porto 1-0 11/2, Porto 3-0 7/1 - William Hill

Form

  • Porto are currently second in Group G and cannot overtake Leicester, having collected eight points from five matches. They have beaten Club Brugge home and away, drawn twice with Copenhagen and lost 1-0 at the King Power Stadium. Domestically, they are third in the Portuguese First Division and are fresh from a 1-0 victory over Braga on Saturday.
  • Leicester are guaranteed top spot after winning four of their five Champions League group matches, including the 1-0 triumph over Porto in September when Islam Slimani scored the only goal of the game. However, their Premier League fairytale from last season has taken a cruel twist this term and Claudio Ranieri admitted his team were in a relegation battle after they lost 2-1 to fellow strugglers Sunderland on Saturday to extend their winless streak to five games.

Sports.net’s View

Leicester may be five points clear of Porto in Group G, but the long odds on an away win reflect their dismal domestic form and the fact that this is a far more important match for the Portuguese side. While Leicester are already through to the knockout phase and could make changes to stay fresh for a vital Premier League clash with Manchester City at the weekend, Porto must win to ensure they secure second place.

Porto have hardly been in superb form themselves this year, and presently trail both Benfica and Sporting in the Portuguese First Division, but they have a solid defence and one of the most exciting young strikers in the country in 21-year-old Andre Silva. They should be too strong for Leicester, although it is unlikely that too many punters will be drawn in by short odds of 1/3 in the outright winner market.

A more tempting long shot might be to back Islam Slimani at 4/1 in the anytime goalscorer betting. The Algerian arrived at Leicester in the summer with the nickname ‘Dragon Slayer’, due to his prolific scoring record against Porto for former club Sporting, and found the target again when the teams last met in September. Claudio Ranieri will want to get one of his key men firing again as soon as possible and his record against Porto is too good to ignore at such a decent price.

  • Sports.net’s top tip: Islam Slimani to score anytime - 4/1 at Bet365

*Please note, odds may fluctuate.

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Last Updated: Thursday, 8 December 2016 09:45:15+00:00
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