Porto - Lille Betting Preview: Expect a stalemate at half time in Portugal

After a tight first leg which saw Hector Herrera’s goal prove to be the difference, Azuis e Brancos return home looking to defend their lead, with our tipster backing a slow start
FC Porto and Lille meet at Estadio do Dragao in the second leg of their Champions league play-off tie.

Just the one goal separated the teams last week in France, with Hector Herrera scoring with just under 30 minutes to go.

Both sides are back in domestic action after the summer break, with Lille kicking off the start of their season at the beginning of August and Porto starting last week.

Lille will be relatively happy with the start to their season, with last week's narrow loss the only blip so far. Wins against Grasshopper in the previous Champions League stage and Caen and Lorient in Ligue 1 mean they have had plenty of game time to get back to full fitness. Paddy Power price them at 5/1 (6.00) to win the match.

Porto have only played three competitive matches this season, beating Maritimo and Pacos de Ferreira in the Portuguese Liga, with those victories sandwiching the win over Lille. Porto have a fantastic record in this competition, reaching at least the group stage in the last three years, winning the Europa League four seasons ago. It’s no surprise to see them at 8/13 (1.62) favourites with Paddy Power. The same firm price the draw at 13/5 (3.60).

Julen Lopetegui took over as head coach of Porto in May, with this season his first experience of the Champions League. Despite his side winning their opening three matches, it’s tough to back them at such a short price in this fixture.

Instead it’s worth opposing goals in this tie, with the over 2.5 goals bet not yet paying out in either sides competitive games this season. The price of 4/7 (1.57) is tempting albeit a little short, but there is better value to be found elsewhere.

Backing the half time score to be 0-0 at 7/4 (2.75) with Paddy Power is the bet in this match. This has paid out in Lille’s last four matches, as well as in the first leg match in France and punters can profit from another tight encounter.

Half time score to be 0-0 at 7/4 (2.75) for a 1pts stake with Paddy Power

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