UEFA Champions League | Porto vs Atletico Madrid: 5 Talking Points Before Kick Off

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Atletico Madrid

Atletico Backed to Win


Porto will be praying for Liverpool to produce the goods at San Siro in order to fend off the challenge of the Rossoneri, and their fate is in their own hands, with all three points on Tuesday guaranteeing them a knockout place for the fifth time in six seasons.


Amid a spate of stellar league performances, Porto head into Tuesday’s crucial battle on the back of an eighth Primeira Liga victory on the bounce, easing past Portimonense 3-0 thanks to Luis Diaz, Vitinha and Otavio’s strikes.


Incredibly in second place despite notching up a paltry three goals in the 2021-22 Champions League so far – two of which have come at the Estadio do Dragao – Porto’s forwards cannot afford to lack a clinical edge with Atletico also vying for their rightful place in the last 16.


A 2-1 league defeat at home to Mallorca at the weekend means it is just three wins from their last 10 in all competitions for Atletico, who have not kept a clean sheet away from home all season and have chosen the worst time to lose some of their defensive names to injury and suspension.


There were no goals to be had in Atletico’s clash with Porto at the Wanda Metropolitano back in September, but the hosts have only lost one of their three previous meetings with Los Rojiblancos on home turf, although it was the most recent one in October 2013.

DPP Verdict

Atletico’s defensive woes are there to be exposed by Porto this week, and the Portuguese hosts would choose no better time to find their shooting boots in Europe after some previous profligacy. Both teams have a desperate need for points on Tuesday, but Atletico have plenty of experienced names used to high-pressure situations such as this one and ought to take a point back home to Madrid, although that result would not exactly benefit either side’s hopes of securing second.