Preview: Besiktas – Porto

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.

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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)

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