Preview - Porto vs Galatasaray 04 October 18

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Champions' League Group D
Porto vs. Galatasaray
Wednesday, October 4th 2018
04:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Estádio do Dragão

Last five matches form: W D D W W
Average goals per match: 2.67
Average goals against per match: 0.83
Top Scorer: Vincent Aboubakar (4)

Last five matches form: L W W L W
Average goals per match: 2.14
Average goals against per match: 1.29
Top Scorer: Eren Derdiyok (3)

Group D in the Champions' League continues this week as Turkish outfit Galatasaray travel to Portugal to take on Porto.

Galatasaray got off to a flyer on Match Day 1 when comfortably seeing off Lokomotiv Moscow 3-0 at home. Porto picked up what may prove to be a valuable away point when drawing 1-1 with Schalke in Germany.

This will be just the second meeting between the sides. Galatasaray having previously come out on top 1-0 in a friendly back in 2013.

Porto have received a blow on the injury front with top scorer Vincent Aboubakar set to miss this tie. Galatasaray will be without the injured Emre Akbaba and suspended Badou Ndiaye.

Porto enjoyed a mixed time of things at home in the Champions' League last season, winning two and losing three of their five games, hitting five against Monaco but conceding the same total against Liverpool.

Galatasaray are amongst the poorest travellers in the Champions' League competition. Their last eleven away games seeing them lose nine times and draw twice. They haven't won away from home in this competition since 2013.

Galatasaray were good on Match Day 1, but they simply aren't the same side away from their home fortress, Their past two away league games have resulted in 4-0 and 3-0 defeats to Trabzonspor and Akhisarspor - two sides not in the same league as Porto. The home side should prevail.

Prediction: Porto 2 - 0 Galatasaray


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 1 - 0
Shots:  12 - 11
Shots on target: 6 - 4
Corner Kicks: 6 - 5
Possession: 52% - 48%

Eder Militao, Otavio and Danilo Pereira were all booked for the home side, with referee Michael Oliver also taking the names of Ryan Donk, Serdar Aziz, Martin Linnes and Maicon of Galatasaray.

The visitors certainly put up a spirited display in this one, just about matching their hosts when it came to the possession and shots statistics. It's goals which win games though and it was Porto who managed the only one of the match here.

Porto were the team pressing forward in the first half, going close early when Yacine Brahimi saw an acrobatic volleyed effort come back off the foot of the post.

Galatasaray were consistently looking dangerous on the counter attack though, Iker Casillas twice being forced into making smarts stops with his legs. Goalless at the break.

What turned out to be the only goal of the game came in the 49th minute. Alex Telles sending over a corner kick from the left-hand side to find Moussa Marega completely unmarked on the edge of the six yard box. Marega leaping to head down and in to the right-hand side of the goal.

Galatasaray's only real chance to equalise came through Garry Rodrigues. Teed up inside the area towards the left-hand side he could only blaze his effort disappointingly over the crossbar. 1-0 final score.

Porto now sit top of Group D after Match Day 2, tied on four points with Schalke. Having been the only side to win on the opening day of this group though Galatasaray are by no means out of it, lying just one point behind the pacesetters. All to play for headed into their double header with Schalke.

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