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  • September 13, 2011
  • • 2:45 PM
  • • Estádio Do Dragão, Porto
  • Referee: F. Brych
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Champions League Preview: Porto - Shakhtar Donetsk

Champions League Preview: Porto - Shakhtar Donetsk

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Portuguese and Ukrainian champions lock horns on matchday one as the home side look to make an impressive start to life under Vitor Pereira


PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Porto (4-3-3): Helton; Maicon, Alvaro Pereira, Fucile, Rolando; Belluschi, Souza, Defour; James Rodriguez, Kleber, Hulk

Porto


After missing the clash with Vitoria Setubal with an ankle knock, Hulk is likely to be risked, replacing Christian Rodriguez in attack for the Europa League winners. Meanwhile, a goal and an impressive performance during their weekend victory could see Colombian starlet James Rodriguez keep his place in attack.

Shakhtar (4-4-2): Rybka; Srna, Chygrynskiy, Hubschman, Rakitskiy; Alan, Jadson, Fernandinho, Douglas Costa; Willian, Eduardo

Shakhtar Donetsk



Following a barnstorming start to the Ukrainian Premier League, which has seen last season's quarter-finalists net 24 goals in nine games, Mircea Lucescu has a full squad to choose from for their clash with the Portuguese giants.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Porto has made a 100 percent start to its defense of the Liga Sagres.
  • The last time Porto was in the Champions League, it lost its opening group phase game 1-0 to Chelsea.
  • Shakhtar won all of its group stage games last year played in the Donbass Arena as the Ukrainian side reached the Champions League quarterfinals.
  • Romanian boss Mircea Lucescu has reached the last eight of the Champions League with three teams as a coach - Inter, Galatasaray and Shakhktar.
  • The Donbass Arena club has won the Ukrainian League in five of the last seven seasons.

Last Five Matches

Shakhtar Donetsk

  • D
  • W
  • W
  • L
  • W

Head To Head

Porto

Shakhtar Donetsk

Wins
2
2
0
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

FC Porto POR
FC Porto Porto
Draw
FC Shakhtar Donetsk SHD
FC Shakhtar Donetsk Shakhtar Donetsk
69%
15%
16%

Top 3 Predictions

FC Porto POR
2 - 1
FC Shakhtar Donetsk SHD
FC Porto POR
2 - 0
FC Shakhtar Donetsk SHD
FC Porto POR
3 - 1
FC Shakhtar Donetsk SHD

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