PRICE BOOSTS MAX BET £10
Juventus overhauled Barcelona to land first place in their group on matchday six, winning 3-0 at the Camp Nou as they became the first team to beat the Catalans on their own patch since Bayern in the semi-finals of 2012/13.
However, the Bianconeri can’t afford any complacency against a potentially dangerous Porto outfit. The Dragons only finished three points adrift of Man City in the group stages, taking a point from Pep Guardiola’s outfit at this stadium, while they’ve suffered just the solitary defeat in 25 games across all competitions since the start of November.
Having said that, wins have been more difficult to come by of late as the Portuguese outfit have drawn four times in a row, leaving them just W3-D6-L1 over 90 minutes from 10 appearances.
They lost 2-1 when taking on league leaders Sporting CP in the Taca da Liga, while two of those three recent victories came over Gil Vicente in the Taca da Liga and Farense in league action (with those two sides residing in the bottom four of the Primeira Liga).
Juventus haven’t had it all their own way either and are winless in two as they drew with Inter in the Coppa Italia and suffered defeat away at Napoli in league action.
However, we wouldn’t expect them to go three in a row without finding the net and indeed, they’d scored at least twice in each of their previous six fixtures as they won them all – including victories over the likes of Napoli, Inter and Roma.
Juventus To Beat Porto
Porto are a terrible W1-D1-L10 in European knockout matches since 2015/16, as they typically come unstuck when taking on the elite.
These two-legged ties saw them face Dortmund and Leverkusen in the Europa League, as well as Liverpool (twice), Roma, and Juventus themselves in this competition).
Meanwhile, Juventus are W11-D1-L2 in Europe since the start of last season and should take an advantage back to Turin.
Although Andrea Pirlo is without midfielder Arthur Melo and attacker Paulo Dybala, he of course possesses a deep squad and it’s Porto boss Sergio Conceicao who has more to complain about.
Summer signing Zaidu Sanusi has been increasingly impressive at left-back for the hosts, though more importantly key midfielder Otavio is also sidelined.
Cristiano Ronaldo To Score Anytime
Having just turned 36, Cristiano Ronaldo is no spring chicken anymore, but phenomenal dedication to fitness leaves him performing at the physical level of younger men still.
The Portuguese superstar’s big-game mentality can never be questioned and he’s netted 13 goals in 15 appearances for Juventus in this competition since March 2019, often dragging his teammates singlehandedly.
His first season in Turin saw him deliver a second-leg hat-trick to rescue Juve from the dead against old foes Atletico Madrid, before netting in both legs against Ajax as they crashed out, while last term a second-leg brace wasn’t enough to overcome Lyon.
He already has four in as many appearances in the current campaign, including two against Barcelona, and will no doubt be crucial to Juventus’ prospects this term.