Leipzig vs Porto by Gustav
Leipzig took just a point in the first round's Champions League game at home against Monaco, as the side took the lead but couldn't held it till the next minute when they got leveled up, generally being better opponent on the field but without much of concrete things done in attack.
As for the second round, they suffered defeat in Turkey against Besiktas 2:0, where the players were obviously influenced by hot atmosphere and couldn't play their usualland own game in the first halftime as Besiktas took the lead inside the first halftime and simply kept it with ease later on. The Germans had much more of the ball possession and some chances created in the second halftime, however without changing the scoreline. After just a point taken in first two rounds, there's no other option for them but to seek a victory here.
As for the domestic league, they come from a morale boosting victory away to Dortmund last weekend on Saturday evening, as the side unexpectedly won against league table leaders and are now at third position having just a point less than Bayern Munich and three less than leaders from Dortmund with a 5-1-2 record. Goalkeeper Fabio Coltorti is out with a muscle injury but anyway a long term absentee.
Porto, on the other side, did disappoint in the first round when the team suffered defeat at home against Turkish champions from Besiktas, but also improved more than well in the second round away to Monaco in France when they recorded their first victory in this edition of Champions League with impressive 3:0 result.
They completely outplayed much more favorited opponent and took the lead in 31st minute via Aboubakar, while they waited the opponent more on counter attacks in second and managed to seal the victory via Aboubakar again in 69th and Layun in 89th minute, without being much jeopardized on their own goal. Guests should have no fresh injury worries for this one.
Leipzig will be going for a victory here, however Porto proved to be quite difficult nut to crack these days. I can't see players of Leipzig being favorites here and will chose both teams to score instead. The game itself should be quite an open one since neither of the teams can't be fully satisfied with a point taken, at least not before the kick off.