Portuguese and Ukrainian champions lock horns on matchday one as the home side look to make an impressive start to life under Vitor Pereira
|Porto (4-3-3): Helton; Maicon, Alvaro Pereira, Fucile, Rolando; Belluschi, Souza, Defour; James Rodriguez, Kleber, Hulk
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
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.
- 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.