Bayern Munich won with a 2:0 result away to Hoffenheim last weekend in the German Bundesliga. With several changes made in their lineup, the team managed to retain initiative for the big part of the game, missing few more big chances in the progress. Goals were scored via Rode in 38th minute, while the final result was sealed with an own goal from Beck in third minute of additional time.
The victory itself was fully deserved and taken fairly, while the Bavarians now turn their attention to a Champions League game where they meet against Porto night. After the first leg, nobody can be satisfied with the final result made in Portugal, as the German side now needs a two goals difference victory at least, but not with more than a goal conceded, in order to finish the game with positive result as they lost the first leg with a 3:1 result. Coach Guardiola has said that he remains optimistic regarding their qualification towards the next phase, but that he is realistic that it will be very difficult. For tonight’s game, Bayern will have few important players out, as they continue to miss central defender Benatia (13/1), while more of a longer term absences are David Alaba and Arjen Robben as well. Defensive midfielder/left back Philipp Lahm should be back after absence, while ready should also be Bastian Schweinsteiger.
Porto, on the other side, comes from a difficult 1:0 victory over Academica at their own stadium “Dragao”, just one game before the big derby game against Benfica in Lisabon, the game that will probably decide the title this season in Portugal. Hernan scored the only goal in eleventh minute and was the main creator of all the goalscoring chances their team had, showing that he is in a remarkable form before such an important part of the season for Porto.
Of course, their coach decided to rest several players in that game against Academica, those who played the previous game against Bayern and that will be playing tonight. In fact, only players who played whole ninety minutes in comparison to the match against Bayern, were goalkeeper Fabiano and left back Alex Sandro who is anyway suspended for this match. This surely means that their starting lineup will be as fresh as possible tonight. However, their team is much different than the one from the previous years, as neither the coach, neither the players have so much experience in Champions League. Central defender Maicon is back in the team, but both right full back Danilo (8/1 in CL) and left back Alex Sandro are suspended for this game. Injured is striker Tello (7/1).
Porto are undefeated in their last 11 matches in the Champions League (including qualifiers).
Porto has a great advantage from the first leg, but I believe the Bavarians will find a way to progress to the next round. They do miss some key players, but the experience and atmosphere will be completely on the side of the German team tonight.
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