In a high-stakes clash between football giants, FC Barcelona and FC Porto, the stage is set for a riveting showdown in the UEFA Champions League Group H.
Scheduled for Wednesday, November 29, the battle kicks off at 1:30 AM IST at the makeshift home ground, Estadi Olimpic Luis Companys.
Both teams, boasting a formidable history in the Champions League, are determined to secure their passage to the next round of the competition. As of now, both FC Barcelona and FC Porto have amassed nine points from their four Group H games, maintaining an identical goal difference of six. With just one loss each, these football titans are deadlocked in their pursuit of glory.
In the initial group matches, FC Barcelona suffered a setback against Ukrainian side Shakhtar, while Porto faced defeat at the hands of their upcoming rivals, FC Barcelona. The top bookmakers in India have Champions League odds with them.
The home team, Barcelona, has an average scoring record of 2 goals per match.
The betting tip is...
FC Barcelona to score more than 2.5 goals
The Spanish side has gone through a substantial transformation in the last few years, and they are still developing into a top team. Barcelona's attacking line is spearheaded by Robert Lewandowski, who is a flawless number nine.
With eight goals and three assists thus far, he leads Barcelona's scorers, with Ferran Torres trailing closely behind with five goals and one assist. However, injuries have destroyed the dressing room.
Starting with Frenkie De Jong, Raphinha, Pedri, and now Gavi, Barcelona's luck is running out. In terms of statistics, Lamine Yamal has the most shots on goal, with Ilkay Gundogan and Oriol Romeu following.
The 16-year-old Lamine is a precise duplicate of Lionel Messi, a previous product of La Maisa.
Gavi is injured and won't be part of the playing XI. He is out for whole season.
Predicted Lineup: Ter Stegen, Ronald Araujo, Jules Kounde, Inigo Martinez, Joao Cancelo, Pedri, Oriol Romeu, Marcos Alonso, Raphinha, Lamine Yamal, Robert Lewandowski
In addition to their impressive performance in the Champions League thus far, FC Porto is a dominant force in the Liga Portugal. The team's top scorer, the outstanding football player Evanilson, currently has seven goals and one assist on his record.
Mehdi Taremi, a well-known figure to FC Barcelona players, comes in second place. In addition to scoring three, he has also assisted three. However, Alan Varela has the highest percentage of shots on goal (16.6%) out of all the players on the team.
Diogo Costa, their goalie, has made 30 saves while only giving up 13 goals. His ratio of saves to goals scored is thus 2.3.
FC Porto will be going with their strongest XI against Barcelona.
Predicted Lineup: Diogo Costa, Pepe, Joao Mario, David carmo, Zaidu, Alan Varela, Andre Franco, Nico Gonzalez, Pepe, Evanilson, Mehdi Taremi
In the process of rebuilding, FC Barcelona has even won the league, which is a testament to the work that Xavi and his management have put in to develop the players. They have been unlucky with injuries; Gavi, the center of Barcelona's midfield, was hurt most recently.
In Liga Portugal as well as the UCL, FC Porto is enjoying a fantastic season. To accomplish their objectives and make history, the players and management team are putting in a lot of effort. Although Porto has a successful history in Liga Portugal, the team and manager will have some difficulty turning that legacy into reality.
In the last five head-to-head matches, Barcelona has defeated them four times with a great margin of goals. While Porto succeeded in winning only one out of those five.