In this post tips and review of Porto - Bayern Munchen.
PORTO - BAYERN MUNCHEN
Bayern is surely among the favourite teams for winning the cup.
German team has a lot of absences for this very difficult game in Portugal.
Unavailable players list is composed by: Alaba, Robben, Schweinsteiger, Ribery, Benatia and Javi Martinez.
Main absences are surely Alaba, Robben and Ribery, because they can change the rhythm to the usual ball possession gamestyle of Guardiola's squad.
Without the pace of Alaba, and the dribblings of Robben and Ribery, offensive phase could be much more predictable and if Porto shows a good defensive solidity they can avoid to concede more than a goal.
A conceded goal should be took into account since Bayern still has huge potential in its forwarders ( Gotze, Muller and Lewandowsky).
Porto has lost only 1 of the last 13 official matches, conceding goals only in 4 of these matches.
In the last Champions League round, Porto has eliminated Basel, winning 4-0 in its stadium after the draw in Switzerland (1-1).
Porto struggles a bit when playing away but when playing home has an amazing trend( almost like Bayern Munchen): 14 home matches, winning 12 and losing only 1, scoring 36 goals and conceding only 3.
In Champions League instead, considering qualyfiing stage against Lille, Porto has won 4 home matches, drawing 1 match (the last of the group stage when qualification was already in the pocket), scoring 15 goals and conceding 2.
This 2015 has proved that Bayern Munchen is not unbeatable, especially with all these absences, and for that reason we think german team is still favourite for passing the round, but probably not winning in Portugal.
PORTO: Fabiano; Danilo, Maicon, Martins Indi, Alex
Sandro; Casemiro, Herrera, Óliver Torres; Quaresma, Brahimi, Aboubakar.
BAYERN MUNCHEN: Neuer; Rafinha, Boateng, Dante, Bernat; Xabi Alonso, Lahm; Müller, Thiago, Götze; Lewandowski.