Our prediction for this Champions League match:
RZD Arena will host Wednesday’s football match between Lokomotiv Moscow and Porto. Lokomotiv Moscow have been struggling in the Champions League group stages, with the team suffering back-to-back losses to the likes of Galatasaray and Schalke 04 and, no doubt, they are desperate to grab something from their third group game. The Russian side are likely to leave their hearts on the field against Porto, but this match will be anything but a walk in the park for them. The Dragons are determined to make it to the Champions League knockout stages and seeing that Lokomotiv Moscow have been struggling at the back in the elite competition, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the Portuguese outfit. One of the men to watch in the away team will be Marega, who scored the winner against Galatasaray in Porto’s second group game.
Highlighted Player (Grzegorz Krychowiak):
Born on 29 January 1990, Grzegorz Krychowiak began his professional career at Bordeaux, but having failed to be given a proper chance to impress by les Girondins, he instead gained valuable first team experience during loan spells with Reims and Nantes. Reims decided to purchase his contract in 2012 and that proved a great decision as the Polish midfielder impressed in two Ligue 1 seasons, scoring 8 goals in 70 appearances to secure a lucrative move to Sevilla.
Krychowiak didn’t need a lot of time to prove his worth in Spanish La Liga as he quickly developed into one of the league’s best central midfielders, while helping los Rojiblancos defend the Europa League trophy in 2014/2015. Numerous top clubs have been casting admiring glances his way and it is just a matter of time before the midfielder leaves his current employers for greener pastures.
Krychowiak needed some time to become an indispensable member of the Poland national team, but he has since grown into a genuine leader and is now among the first names on the team sheet.
Highlighted Team (FC Porto):
Futebol Clube do Porto are one of Portugal’s biggest football clubs playing their matches in front of 50,000 people at their Estadio do Dragao. Porto form biggest rivalries with two other Big Three clubs in Portugal and regular league title contenders – Benfica and Sporting CP. Rivalries between the clubs stem from the historical, political, economical and cultural discrepancies between the cities of Porto and Lisbon. The Dragons, as they are commonly known in Portugal, are the second most successful Portuguese team with a total of 74 trophies to their name.
Porto hold a record of five consecutive league titles which are part of the total tally of 27 Primeira Liga trophies. FC Porto’s success extends to the international scene as well with seven European titles. Two-time European champions from 1987 and 2004, Porto also won two UEFA Cup/Europa League titles, the UEFA Super Cup and the International Cup on two occasions. Together with Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United, Porto have the most appearances in the UEFA Champions League group stage – the total of 20.