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Preview: Besiktas – Porto

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Besiktas can confirm their top spot in Group G of the Champions League (CL) with a win over Porto tonight.


Flashscore present the key facts before the match:

Besiktas are undefeated in 9 out of their last 10 CL games and are top of Group G this season (10 points, W3 D1). At home, they are unbeaten in 19 matches across all competitions (W13 D6). Furthermore, the Turkish giants are unbeaten in their last 7 matches across all competitions (W3 D4) including a 0-0 draw on Saturday against Akhisar in the Turkish Super Lig.

The Turkish champions are enjoying a rich vein of form in Europe, though, and are in line to make a first-ever knock-out appearance in the CL, not counting their 1986/87 journey in the European Champions Clubs’ Cup.

Porto (6 points, W2 D0 L2) come into the game 2nd in the group and fully aware that a loss could damage their prospects, with RB Leipzig just 2 points behind and facing a winless Monaco side.

The visitors’ form coming into this match is near-perfect as they are unbeaten in their last 6 matches (W5 D1) across all competitions, including a 3-2 win over Portimonese on Saturday in the Taca de Portugal.

Things are falling perfectly into place for Porto as they remain 4 points ahead of Sporting Lisbon in the Portuguese Primeira Liga title race. A low-key cup clash also gives them plenty of time to prepare for this crucial CL fixture.

Porto have lost only once in their last 12 matches (W9 D2 L1) across all competitions and have a good record against Tuesday’s opponents in their last 6 encounters (W3 D2 L1).

The visitors have won in Istanbul in their previous two encounters, although the last one was in the Europa League back in 2010/11.

Porto’s games in the CL have seen over 2.5 goals in the last 4 games with at least 2 goals scored by them in their last 3 matches.


Missing players

Besiktas: A. Nukan (knee injury), G. Tore (muscle injury)

Porto: M. Marega (thigh injury), Otavio (thigh injury), T. Soares (injury)