Porto and Besiktas are expected to struggle in a group containing the likes of RB Leipzig and AS Monaco, however who will get off to winning ways tonight?
Porto have enjoyed a perfect start to the season and we don’t envisage this ending when they take to the European stage this evening. They have seen their dominance of the Portuguese domestic scene ended by rivals Benfica over the past few seasons but the Dragons have made a very encouraging start to the campaign as they look to clinch the title for the first time in five years. Former Portuguese international Sergio Conceicao has taken the reins at Porto and he has steered the side to five consecutive wins-to-nil in the top-flight, however can the side emulate this success in their Champions League opener tonight?
Conceicao has a few suspension concerns ahead of this match with the likes of Vincent Aboubakar and Maxi Pereira playing no part due to their sendings-off in recent outings. Nevertheless they will likely prove too strong for the visitors in this Champions League opener and the bookies go odds-on that Porto will collect all three points.
For their part, Besiktas have won back-to-back Turkish titles but they tend to under-achieve in European competition with four draws in last season’s Champions League group stage prior to a 6-0 hammering by Dynamo Kiev and a drop into the Europa League as a result.
They made it into the quarter-finals of that tournament and in all honesty the Europa League is their level and we expect tonight’s hosts to have little difficulty in overcoming the opposition as they bag their sixth win-to-nil of the season.
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