Porto vs Lokomotiv Moscow
Porto will meet Lokomotiv Moscow in the 4th round of CL at Estadio do Dragao.
Porto were the heavy favorites in this group to finish at the top and they are so close to do it. Being with 7 points after three rounds they have the perfect opportunity to win this game and practically to book their place in the next round. Theoretically they will also need a point against Schalke at home in the next round, but we know the Portuguese team is absolutely capable of doing it, so it will be just a matter of time. Now the most important thing is to take another three points against the Russian Lokomotiv (still they don't have a point in the group) after beating them in the previous round with 1:3 away from home.
Porto are doing very well in the domestic league being the leaders with equal points as Braga. In CL the situation is not so different and it will be a miracle this club not to top their group in the end. Aboubakar(forward) is the main absentee fot the hosts in this game, but they proved they can deal up even without him very well. Moussa Marega did excellent job instead of him as a main forward.
On the other side is Loko Moscow which team has more than expected problems since the start of the season. Finally they started to earn wins in the domestic league which led to the 2nd position in the table only behind Zenit, but the distance between the top teams is too small and two/three weak results in a row can throw you away even from top 5. In CL the team is still without a point. As visitors they have only one game against Galatasaray and lost it with the classical 3:0. So, not very optimistic stats before a visit to Porto. When we add that Smolov(main forward) and Rybus are both doubtful with small chances to play tonight+ Kverkvelia(important defender) is suspended after his red card in the previous match against Porto and Kolomeytsev(m) will miss this game, the situation for the visitors doesn't look bright for sure. The Russian champions led by Yuri Semin are expected to have very tough task tonight.
Porto will try to control the situation on the pitch from the start of the game and will look for an early opening goal, that's for sure. I think it will happen and Porto will win comfortably once again. I am going with -1.5 AH for the hosts. They have enough power in attack to score two or three times in Porto.
Porto vs Lokomotiv Moscow prediction
|Porto -1.5 AH||Bet365||1.88||9||4-1 WON (+7.92 units)|