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        • (46') Ferran Torres
        • (28') Fábio Cardoso
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        • (13') João Cancelo
        • (28') R. Araújo
        • (36') Gavi
        • (47') J. Koundé
        • (50') João Félix
        • (86') Sergi Roberto
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          • (93') Gavi
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          FC Porto vs Barcelona Preview, Tips & Stats

          Porto host Barcelona at the Estadio do Dragao in matchday two of the Champions League. With both sides winning their first game, the winners this Wednesday will likely be the frontrunner as group winners.

          Porto currently sit second in Group H after one game and one win, though they are deprived of the top spot via goal difference. In terms of their league form, Porto currently sit third in the Primeira Liga with five wins, one draw and one loss.

          In their last five games in all competitions, Porto have three wins, one draw and one loss. Cristo Gonzalez thought he’d given Arouca the 1 - 0 win, but Evanilson managed to grab a point for Porto with his equalising goal in the 19th minute of extra time. Porto then bounced back against Estrela Amadora. Mehdi Taremi scored the only goal of the game in the 1 - 0 win despite Porto having less possession and fewer shots.

          In the first Champions League Group stage game, Porto faced Shakhtar Donetsk. Galeno picked up a brace within the first 15 minutes and Taremi also scored in the first half. Kevin Kelsy did score for Shakhtar, but it wasn’t enough as Porto took the three points home with a 3 - 1 win. Ivan Jaime opened the scoring against Gil Vicente but Depu equalised within the first half to see the scoreline of 1 - 1 at halftime. But once again, Porto scored in extra time, this time Stephen Eustaquio in the 91st minute for the 2 - 1 win.

          The most recent outing for Porto was against rivals Benfica. Fabio Cardoso was sent off in the 19th minute for Porto and Angel Di Maria scored the only goal in the second half for a 1 - 0 win for Benfica.

          Barcelona sit top of Group H with a dominant win in the first game, their goal-scoring feats giving them the best goal difference and the top spot. In La Liga, Barcelona currently sit second with six wins and two draws, they’re the only unbeaten team and one point behind Real Madrid.

          In their last five games in all competitions Barcelona have four wins and one draw. Joao Felix, Robert Lewandowski, Ferran Torres, Raphinha and Joao Cancelo all scored in the dominant 5 - 0 thrashing of Real Betis where Barcelona registered 17 shots. The first game in the Champions League was another 5 - 0 win against Royal Antwerp. Lewandowski and Gavi scored along with a double from Felix and an own goal from Jelle Bataille to give Barcelona a winning start to their European campaign.

          Jorgen Larsen and Anastasios Douvikas put Celta Vigo 2 - 0 up going into the 80th minute, but it wouldn’t last. In the last ten minutes of the game, Lewandowski grabbed a brace and was joined on the scoresheet by Cancelo to manage a 3 - 2 win. Raphinha and Fermin Lopez both scored in the 2 - 2 draw with Mallorca who had Pablo Maffeo sent off late on.

          The last time out for Barcelona was against Sevilla where an own goal from Sergio Ramos was the only goal of the game to give Barcelona the 1 - 0 win.

          In the Champions League, Barcelona and Porto have met just five times. Barcelona have the better record in the fixture with four wins in comparison to Porto’s singular win. These two teams haven’t met in the Champions League since the 1999/2000 season, where Barcelona won 2 - 0.

          FC Porto Team News

          Sergio Conceicao has a number of injuries to contend with coming into this European midweek. Gabriel Vernon, Ivan Marcano and Evanilson are all still unavailable from their abductor tear, cruciate ligament rupture and ankle injury respectively. Also unavailable are Zaidu and Pepe.

          Barcelona Team News

          Xavi also has a couple of injury worries. Frenkie de Jong and Raphinha are both unavailable due to a sprained ankle and a muscle injury. However, Pedri could return in time for the clash against Porto from his thigh injury that he picked up back in August.

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