Porto vs Club Brugge: Prediction, Team News, Lineups

On Tuesday, Porto will play home to Club Brugge in the Champions League‘s Group B match. The hosts are trying to get back on track after suffering a heartbreaking loss to Atletico Madrid the previous week. In the meanwhile, Brugge prevailed against Bayer Leverkusen by a score of 1-0.

Match Preview: Porto vs Club Brugge

Sergio Conceicao hopes to retain the Portuguese Primeira Liga for the first time after winning his third domestic championship with Porto in five seasons and reaching the Champions League quarterfinals in 2019 and 2021.

Two quarterfinal runs in Europe’s best club tournament coincided with Porto’s sole league failures under Conceicao, illustrating how tough it is to compete on all fronts.

The Dragons are three points behind Benfica in the league after six games, and they lost their first Champions League encounter following a thrilling climax against Atletico.

Mario Hermoso’s deflected shot broke the tie in the opening minute of injury time, but Mateus Uribe equalized after the defender fumbled the ball in his own area. Antoine Griezmann snatched a 111th-minute winner from Axel Witsel’s flick-on.

Porto must win Tuesday’s match against Brugge if they want to advance from Group B. Brugge has won Belgium’s First Division in three straight seasons. This is their sixth group stage participation in seven years. Since 1992, they haven’t reached the knockout stages.

Group B is one of the weakest on paper, so new head coach Carl Hoefkens may believe he can create history in that sense at a team that fell to Liverpool in the 1978 European Cup final.

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Abakar Sylla’s 42nd-minute header helped Belgium defeat Leverkusen last week at Jan Breyden Stadium. Hoefkens will want to finish in the top three of their group to continue in Europe, as they did in three of their past four tournament outings.

Under the former Stoke City defender’s coaching, Brugge has 19 points from their first eight league games and has won six straight. They may feel confident about creating a shock on Tuesday.

Team News: Porto vs Club Brugge

Mehdi Taremi, a striker for Porto, was sent off in the 81st minute after accumulating two yellow cards. He will miss the next game due to suspension.

Wilson Manafa is in a long-term absence with a knee injury, while Otavio was replaced with a suspected fractured rib and will be out until after the international break.

In the 3-0 victory against Chaves last weekend, Pepe moved to right midfield while Joao Mario entered the starting XI at right back; the same is anticipated to happen tonight, with Evanilson and Antonio Martinez slated to start in the same attacking positions.

Meanwhile, Brugge is now without many crucial players, as Noa Lang, Mats Rits, Clinton Mata, and Tajon Buchanan are all injured and unavailable for the next trip to Portugal.

As a result, former Benfica striker Roman Yaremchuk may have to settle for a spot on the bench if Hoefkens sticks with the same starting XI that won against Leverkusen.

  • Potential Starting XI For Porto: Costa, Mario, Pepe, Carmo, Sanusi, Pepe, Uribe, Eustaquio, Galeno, Evanilson, Martinez.
  • Possible Starting Lineup For Club Brugge: Mignolet, Odoi, Mechele, Sylla, Meijer, Nielsen, Onyedika, Vanaken, Olsen, Jutgla, Sowah.

Our Prediction: Porto 2-1 Club Brugge

On Tuesday, Brugge can give Porto a run for their money and finish the job, but we anticipate the home team coming out on top by a narrow margin. Although some important players are absent from both teams’ rosters, the game should nonetheless prove to be rather entertaining.

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