Porto vs Besiktas: Dragons tipped to shade tight contest
Odds: Porto 57/100, Draw 29/10, Besiktas 19/4
Kick Off: 1945, 13/09/2017
Stadium: Estadio do Dragao
TV: BT Sport
Porto have plenty of Champions League experience, both as a club and in their current squad, and look a solid pick to have just too much nous for Besiktas on home turf.
The 2004 winners have reached the knockout rounds three times in the last six seasons and can invariably be relied upon to pick up points at Estadio do Dragao.
Their Turkish visitors are notoriously slow starters, so 57/100 for a home win is sure to feature in many midweek accas and makes our Porto vs Besiktas betting predictions.
A Look At Porto’s Betting Odds
Porto have secured two home wins in their pool during each of the past three campaigns, with Chelsea and Leicester among those to leave empty handed.
Sergio Conceicao can call on a wealth of proven performers, starting with former Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas between the sticks.
Sitting in front of him are 30-year-old captain Ivan Marcano and 28-year-old Brazilian Felipe, while full-backs Alex Telles and Ricardo Pereira are both highly rated.
Holding midfielder Danilo Pereira has earned 23 Portugal caps, while signing last season’s loan star Oliver Torres on a permanent basis from Atletico Madrid adds creative flair.
The absence of suspended striker Vincent Aboubakar is a concern, though, so 19/4 for a 1-0 triumph takes the eye from the Porto vs Besiktas odds.
A Look At Besiktas’ Betting Odds
Besiktas had lost five straight group-stage openers in a row before drawing 1-1 at Benfica 12 months ago.
The Turkish outfit went on to finish third in that pool, despite a surprise win at Napoli, as three home draws proved insufficient to progress.
After dropping down to the Europa League, they beat Olympiakos in the last 16 before going out on penalties to Lyon.
It’s hard to pick holes in the spirit of this well-drilled team, but question marks can be raised over whether they have enough quality up front to compete at this level.
Former Liverpool forward Ryan Babel and ex-Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo are both advancing in years.
Turkey international Cenk Tosun is willing enough but the fact that he was linked with Crystal Palace and Newcastle over the summer highlights his limitations.
The visitors may struggle to penetrate such an organised defence and 27/20 for a home win to nil completes our Porto vs Besiktas betting tips.
Head-to-head: Porto 1-1 Besiktas, Besiktas 1-3 Porto, Porto 2-0 Besiktas, Besiktas 0-1 Porto
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