Porto vs. Juventus: an easy choice to make?
Porto vs. Juventus: prediction for the Champions League match on February 17, 2021)
"Juventus" have never lost to "Porto" in the Champions League. Will that tradition continues on February 17? The answer can be found in our prediction. What to expect from the upcoming meeting?
At first glance, "Porto" ended up not in the simplest group together with "Manchester City", "Olympiacos", and "Marseille". There was no doubt about the owner of the first place in the playoffs. "Manchester City" is much stronger than each of the representatives of the group, which actually the British confirmed, having won first place.
"Porto" was supposed to fight with two experienced European Cup fighters, but the fight, as such, did not work out - "Marseille" clearly failed, "Olympiacos" did not offer any serious resistance. As a result, Sérgio Conceição's team made it to the playoffs from the second position with 13 points, getting 10 points ahead of "Olympiacos".
After the end of the Champions League group stage, "Porto" focused on the home league, but all attempts to knock "Sporting" off the podium were unsuccessful. So far, the "dragons" are second in the Portuguese championship standings, but they are already 10 points behind the "lions", which will be very difficult to win back.
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"Juventus", just like their today’s rival, did not experience any problems with overcoming the group stage in the Champions League. The Italian champion ended up in the same group with "Barcelona", "Ferencvarosi", and "Dynamo Kyiv". Despite losing 0:2 in the first round to "Barcelona", the "old lady" eventually took revenge in Spain with a score of 3:0 and thus won first place in the group with 15 points.
During the pause in the Champions League, "Juventus" has already managed to get hold of the trophy - in the Italian Super Cup they managed to beat "Napoli" with a score of 2:0. However, in Serie A, "Juve" is not doing well - one of the main contenders for the Scudetto is only fourth in the standings and there is already a gap of eight points from the leader "Inter", but there is also a match in reserve.
In the last round, Andrea Pirlo's team unexpectedly stumbled in a duel with "Napoli" - the opponent was drained because of personnel losses in defense but still managed to score and keep its goal locked. The 0:1 defeat in Naples interrupted a successful streak of seven matches.
"Juventus" managed to beat "Barcelona" in the last round and their efforts were rewarded – they got "Porto" as an opponent, which actually is seriously inferior to the "old lady" in class. Nevertheless, it is hardly worth expecting attacking football from the Italian champion - in the first match, none of the teams will take risks and the fight may turn out to be modest.
At the same time, "Juventus" is quite capable of achieving the desired result in Portugal. To put it mildly, "Porto" is not impressive and guests should not face any problems.
In our opinion, the hosts will not be able to win and the match will not be effective.
Our prediction is a total of under 2.5 goals with odds of 1.73 on 1xbet.
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