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  • November 1, 2011
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  • • Neo GSP, Nicosía (Levkosía)
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Champions League Preview: APOEL v Porto

Champions League Preview: APOEL v Porto

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The Europa League holders are looking to go one better this time around after being held to a disappointing home draw against the Cypriot champions in the last round


PROBABLE LINEUPS

APOEL


Pardo

Poursaiditidis, Jorge, Jahic, Oliveira
Morais, Pinto
Trickovski, Marcinho, Manduca
Ailton
PORTO


Helton
Sapunaru, Mangala, Rolando, A. Pereira
 Fernando
Belluschi, Moutinho
Hulk, Kleber, James Rodriguez


Porto boss Vitor Pereira has a full squad at his disposal as Jorge Fucile is back in contention after serving a one-match suspension in the visit of APOEL earlier in the month. Joao Moutinho is expected to start after being used as a substitute in the club's last two league encounters.

Eliaquim Mangala, who was signed in the summer, partnered Rolando in the centre of the club's defence against Nacional and Pacos Ferreira and could be given the nod to start in Tuesday's match, this way making his first Champions League appearance for the club.

In APOEL's team, goalkeeper Dionisis Chiotis and right-back William Boaventura have both been ruled out of the encounter because of injury.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Porto were the last foreign side to win at APOEL, in the 2009-10 edition of the Champions League, with a 1-0 victory courtesy of a solitary Radamel Falcao goal.
  • The Portuguese club are joint leaders in their domestic league with Benfica, with 23 points from nine games.
  • The 1-1 draw at the Estadio do Dragao earlier in the month was the first time that Porto could not defeat APOEL, after three matches between the two sides.
  • APOEL's 2-1 victory against Zenit St Petersburg was their first-ever victory in the Champions League.
  • The club sit third in the Cypriot league following Friday's goalless draw against Anorthosis Famagusta. They are level on points with AEL Limassol and Omonia Nicosia, both of whom have one game in hand.
  • No Cypriot senior side has ever defeated Portuguese opposition, at either club or international level.

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Last Five Matches
Odds
Team News
Available Squads
78Urko PardoGoalkeeper
-Paulo JorgeDefender
-Jose Marcelo OliveiraGoalkeeper
-Savvas Poursaitidis
10Konstantinos CharalambidesMidfielder
26Nuno MoraisDefender
77Athos SolomouMidfielder
-AiltonStriker
21Gustavo ManducaMidfielder
-Hélio PintoStriker
-Ivan Trickovski Striker
88Anastasios Kissas Goalkeeper
4KakáDefender
-Sanel JahicDefender
-Tijani BelaidMidfielder
-Marinos SatsiasMidfielder
9E. SolariStriker
29Nektarios AlexandrouMidfielder
1HeltonGoalkeeper
14RolandoDefender
11Á. PereiraDefender
4J. FucileDefender
-Eliaquim MangalaDefender
25FernandoMidfielder
5Fernando BelluschiMidfielder
-Joao MoutinhoMidfielder
-KléberStriker
29HulkStriker
17Silvestre VarelaStriker
-Rafael BracalliGoalkeeper
19Cristian SapunaruDefender
23Nicolás OtamendiDefender
13Fredy GuarínMidfielder
10James RodríguezMidfielder
-Steven DefourMidfielder
14DjalmaStriker
Players to Watch
Ailton
Ailton
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 0
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Brazilian striker has netted twice in the Champions League already and had his name on the scoresheet in the match at the Estadio do Dragao, so he must not be taken lightly by Porto's defenders.
Hulk
Hulk
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 29
Games Goals YC RC
4 2 1 0
The powerful striker is Porto's main attacking presence following the sale of Radamel Falcao and he has so far scored six goals in all competitions this season, netting a stunning free-kick from 35 metres out against Shakhtar Donetsk.
Prediction
The Portuguese champions are in desperate need of the three points to remain in the race for the knock-out stages, and with experience on their side, they should have more than it takes to run out victors.
Editor's Prediction
APOEL 0
Porto 1

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