Our prediction for this Champions League match:
Porto play host to Juventus at their Estadio do Dragao in the Champions League last 16, first leg. The Dragons do not seem to be at the top of their game, with the team failing to win the previous four games in all competitions. The Portuguese champions showed character in a 2-2 draw with Boavista, with the team coming from two goals behind to share the spoils with their local rivals, but Juve are likely to pose a much bigger threat for the hosts than their previous rivals.
Mbaye and Nanu are likely to miss the game with injuries, while both Maracano and Otavio are rated doubtful. The Bianconeri, on the other hand, aim to bounce back from the Serie A loss to Napoli. Since Porto have been struggling to find their best form of late, we are tempted to put our money on Cristiano Ronaldo and Co. Juan Cuadrado has joined the likes of Arthur, Dybala, and Ramsey in the recovery room, while Bonucci should be recalled to the starting XI.
Highlighted Player (Pepe):
Pepe is a professional footballer who plays for Porto as a defender. The Portuguese international played for Maritimo at the start of his senior career and in 2004 he moved to Porto. After making 64 league appearances for the Dragons, he signed a contract with Real Madrid in 2007 and he quickly established himself as a first-team regular.
Pepe is well known for his hard tackles and referees often show him red card. The Real Madrid centre back often played as a defensive midfielder under Jose Mourinho and it has to be noted that he scored five goals in all competitions in the 2013/2014 La Liga campaign.
The Portuguese footballer won his second Champions League trophy with Real Madrid in the 2015/2016 season and later in 2016 he helped A Selecao win the European Championship trophy. Portugal defeated France in the title game and Pepe played an important role in Fernando Santos’ team in the Euro 2016 final. The Real Madrid defender was born in Maceio, Brazil on 26 February, 1983.
Highlighted Team (Juventus):
Juventus are considered one of the greatest European football clubs. The Bianconeri (The White and Blacks) have won two Champions League trophies (1985, 1996) and they did well to clinch three UEFA Cup titles (1977, 1990, 1993). The Italian giants have won 32 Serie A trophies and it is well known that a number of star players were part of Juve in the past.
The likes of Alessandro Del Piero, Zinedine Zidane, Michel Platini, Lilian Thuram, Filippo Inzaghi, Pavel Nedved and David Trezeguet all played for Juventus, whilst legendary goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has yet to retire. Juve were stripped two domestic trophies during the “Calciopoli” scandal, but despite being relegated to Serie B, the club quickly brought glory days back to Turin. The Bianconeri used to play their home games at Stadio delle Alpi, but nowadays they welcome their rivals at Juventus Stadium.
The capacity of the stadium is 41,475. La Vechhia Signora (The Old Lady) is yet another nickname of the club. Juve’s biggest rivals are Torino and the two local rivals take on each other in the Turin derby.