FC Bayern Munchen can be backed at a scarcely creditable 91/100 to beat Porto in their Champions League quarter final first leg showdown in Portugal.
Admittedly FC Bayern will be without Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben…
Yet, the fact that Barcelona are better fancied to best the superior Paris Saint-Germain in the French capital in the night’s other tie doubtless has plenty to do with the Dragons’ renowned strength on home turf.
Porto have won their last eight outings at Estadio Dragao, scoring 26 times without concession.
They’ve also won four of the last five Champions League games in their own backyard, most recently thrashing Basel 4-0.
However, seldom across those domestic or continental streaks have they had to encounter the kind of opposition capable of reaching the latter stages of, or winning, Europe’s premier club competition.
Benfica, arguably the closest things to such a foe on the domestic scene came to the Dragao and triumphed 2-0 back in December.
Those Champions League scalps in full: Lille, BATE Borisov, Athletic Bilbao and the aforementioned Swiss.
Shakhtar Donetsk, the best side to visit during that sequence came within three normal-time minutes of victory during the group stage.
Bayern mercilessly thrashed the Ukrainians in Bavaria in the last round, to illustrate just how much tougher a proposition they will be for Porto.
Their road defence has given up one goal in its last seven away games, with four of the last five of those encounters ending in victory.
Josep Guardiola’s men are 39/20 to prevail with a clean sheet in Portugal.
The injury absences of Ribery and Robben will no doubt cause some trepidation for those pondering a splurge on FC Bayern here.
However, a 3-0 weekend win over Eintracht Frankfurt without either wide forward suggests they are more than capable of profiting in their absence.
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