Porto vs Shakhtar Donetsk 12/10/2014 UEFA Champions League Preview Odds & Prediction
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Porto
Wednesday 10th December 2014 19:45(GMT)
The Line: Porto 4/5 Draw 11/4 Shakhtar Donetsk 15/4 See the Latest Odds
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Porto and Shakhtar Donetsk face off in Porto on Wednesday. With both teams through to the knockout stages and the Group positions already decided this is pretty much an exhibition game. What we as spectators will hope for is the appearance of both Jackson Martinez and Luiz Adriano. Two of the best strikers in Europe and I will hope that they lead their respective teams on Wednesday.
Porto have had a terrific record this season with four wins and a draw, Jackson Martinez has been sensational and he is being linked with a big money move to the Premier League and Liverpool. I for one would love to see it happen as he has a terrific nack for scoring goals and it is exactly what Liverpool need. Porto though will hope to hang onto their prized asset who has flourished with the return of Queresma and the excellent form of Brahini.
Shakhtar are playing exceptional stuff and will come to Porto knowing that this game means little for them overall as they have qualified for the knockout stages but cannot win the group. Texiera and Adriano are forming one of the best partnerships in European football and Adriano has been immense in Europe but at the same time struggled against Atheltic Club last time out. Will Shakhtar come to Porto and put out a full team? I dont know but I dont think so.
Firstly we should check the line ups on Wednesday, the stronger team will be the one that names the most starters. Porto have a huge game with Benfica coming up this weekend in the Portugese league and with that in mind I think that they rest more players. If Luiz Adriano and Texeira start i think Shakhtar may just nick this one. Either way I am taking the Ukranian side on the handicap.
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