FC Porto – Galatasaray SOCCER PICKS
Porto and Galatasaray meet at Estádio Do Dragão, in a match for this phase of the UEFA Champions League (Group Stage). There is no recent record of direct confrontations between these two teams, who have not played any matches in the last 3 years. The last time they met, on 03-08-2013, in a match that ended with the final score: Galatasaray (1-0) Porto.
The home team comes to this 2nd round of Group D after a draw in its opening in this group stage, against Schalke 04, by (1-1). The team comes to this match after a home victory over Tondela by (1-0). In the last 10 home matches Porto has won 7, tied 2 and lost 1. Their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 9 of the last 10 matches. This is a team that usually scores many times first: opened the scoring in 7 of its last 9 games, of these 7 reached the break in advantage in 5 and managed to maintain the advantage until the end of the 90 ‘in 5. There is 1 period in highlight in the last 20 home matches for all competitions: he suffered 6 of his 17 goals between the minutes (76’-90 ‘).
FC Porto enter this round motivated, after a tricky triumph, by 1-0, in the reception to the modest Tondela. On the first day of the Champions League, the locals tied a ball against Schalke 04. One of the weaknesses of the premises is the inability to act against teams that defend in a very compact, as they usually have no creativity to give a good answer. In addition, FC Porto presents some difficulties in the defensive transition. It is guessed that the local team will act in 4-4-2, being the two most advanced pieces Marega and Tiquinho Soares. Coach Sérgio Conceição will not be able to count on Aboubakar and Bazoer, for being injured.
The visiting team arrives at this 2nd day of Group D after a victory in its opening in this group stage, against the Moscow Lokomotiv, by (3-0). The team comes to this match after a home victory with BB Erzurumspor by (1-0). In the last 10 away matches Galatasaray has won 7 and lost 3. Their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches. In their away matches there is a tendency for goals, since 19 of the last 25 matches have ended with Over 2,5 goals. In 15 matches, they only got 1 comeback in the 6 matches in which they suffered the first goal.
Galatasaray enter this motivated day, after a triumph at home, 1-0, against Erzurumspor. To point out that the Turks beat Lokomotiv Moscow on the first day of the group stage of the Champions League. The visiting team usually acts in a tactical system in 4-2-3-1, privileging fast transitions, mainly through the wings. One of the strengths of the foreigner group is the way they manage to take advantage of free direct: Maicon is an expert in this type of opportunities. Coach Fatih Terim should not be able to count on Akbaba, because he was injured.