Last Updated on October 2, 2023 2:03 pm by Erwin Noguera
Barcelona will be aiming to move onto six points in their Champions League section when they head to Porto on Wednesday night.
The LaLiga champions were 5-0 winners over Royal Antwerp in the group phase on September 19, with the result leaving them top of Group H.
The Dragons managed to get a 3-1 victory over Shakhtar Donetsk, on the same day as their current opponents, which has them right behind them at the 2nd spot in the Group.
Wednesday, October 4 – 1:00 pm ET at the Estádio do Dragão
Where Can I Watch?
Why Bet on Porto?
The hosts are one of the two Portuguese teams to have won the Champions League trophy. Their last title win was almost 20 years ago, but the Blue and Whites are regulars in European competitions. Also, they are the only Portuguese team to manage an European Trophy this century, so they’ll aim to get another one sooner or later to keep the gap with other outfits.
Sérgio Conceição’s men finished first in their group last season, and given their performance on matchday one, they will be aiming for something similar this time.
They come from a 1-0 lost in the Portuguese classic.
Why Bet on Barcelona?
Barcelona have more than twice the number of Champions League trophies to their name as Porto. However, getting past the group stage has been a major challenge for the LaLiga champions in recent years. Since Messi’s departure the on-field and off-field issues of the team have been especially damaging in the international stage. The team seems to be mentaly blocked in this regard, so we have to see is Xavi is capable of breking this sequence.
In each of the last two seasons, Xavi’s men didn’t get past the group stage. But after their 5-0 win over Antwerp in their first Group H match, things could change.
Final Betting Analysis: Porto vs. Barcelona
Porto go into Wednesday’s match as underdogs but rarely fail to score. The Portuguese outfit failed to score in only one of their last eight matches across all competitions.
Keeping clean sheets away from home has been one of Barcelona’s biggest weaknesses in recent months. Xavi’s men failed to keep a clean sheet in seven of their last eight away games across all competitions. In as many games both sides scored.
One way or another, Barcelona remains unbeaten after eight games across all competitions, and we expect them to remain unbeaten after their scheduled clash with Porto in the middle of the week. Go for a 1-1 draw.
Go for the Moneyline Draw. If you bet $100 at +280, you will gain $280 for a total payout of $380.