The clash between two former European champions, FC Porto and AC Milan, will be a treat for any soccer fan in the world. Even though these two sides aren’t anywhere near their historic heights, seeing them clash simply forced us to sit down and write a preview. Porto is in a solid shape, the same as Milan, and both sides haven’t been losing often in the past two months. We only need to add that the Dragao Stadium will be the venue of Tuesday’s battle.
FC Porto (+155) was confident in Taca de Portugal, beating Sintrense 0-5 on Friday night. Even though Dragons had several players involved in the South American World Cup qualifiers, they proceeded to play their match right away and have one extra day to rest before UCL duties.
Sergio Conceicao’s guys posted only one defeat in the last 10 matches, and that was against Liverpool in the UCL, 1-5. It was a hard slap in the face for the Dragons, who aren’t very lucky once meeting the Reds.
Overall, this team has a very balanced lineup, with all three lines doing their part of the job correctly. Porto’s past five games ended with over 2.5 goals, and three were with both teams netting.
AC Milan (+180) is riding a momentum generated this Saturday following a massive comeback at home against Verona. Rossoneri were down 0-2 at halftime but eventually flipped the result to win 3-2 and trigger a huge celebration at San Siro.
This was the fourth win in five games for Stefano Pioli’s boys, whose only defeat was at Anfield, 3-2, and an event hat match could have ended much better for them.
Milan plays very exciting football with scores on both ends. For instance, in the past seven games they played, six ended with both teams netting, and the last four were with over 2.5 goals as well. Overall, all the Italian teams are very efficient now, which wasn’t the case in previous years.
Apart from Otavio, there aren’t any injured and suspended players in the home team.
Milan comes to Portugal massacred with injuries. Florenzi, Rebic, Diaz, Maignan, Hernandez, Bakayoko, are all injured. Also, Franck Kessie is suspended due to a red car.
Head to Head Matches
Porto and Milan met for the last time in 2003. It was the European Super Cup, and the Italian side won that game 1-0. After that, Porto won the UEFA Champions League.
Traditionally, their clashes aren’t efficient. We’ve found nine games, all in the UCL or the European Cup, and seven were with under 2.5 goals and with only one side scoring. Yet, this was long time ago.
We will be courageous here and go with Porto’s win. The Dragons have to use the fact that Milan won’t have several of its standard players involved in this game, plus, the guests had one day fewer to rest and needed to travel all the way to Europe’s west coast. Therefore, we are suggesting taking some risks and picking Porto. The reward will be hefty.
Pick: Porto Wins +155
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