Besiktas vs FC Porto: Turkish giants Besiktas look to enter the knockout stages of the Champions League with a win over FC Porto.
The defending Turkish champions have had plenty of surprises in the offer so far, as they lead the group table with ten points.
Besiktas started off their Champions League campaign in style with a 3-1 away victory over Porto. The Turkish club continued their winning form with a 2-0 win over last season’s Bundesliga runners-up RB Leipzig.
The most significant victory then followed at France when they beat last season’s Champions League semi-finalists. A 1-1 draw in the return fixture meant they didn’t make it four in four, but they are now on course to their first ticket to knockout stages in this decade.
Meanwhile, Porto have recovered well from their early setback in the Champions League. Following a 3-0 win over Monaco, Porto then evened out against RB Leipzig with a loss and a win in the two fixtures.
The six points put them at second in the group while a win against Besiktas could potentially seal their qualification if RB Leipzig lose against Monaco.
Nevertheless, it is an essential fixture for both the sides as they look to qualify for the knockout stages and test themselves against Europe’s most exceptional 16.
Besiktas will be without centre-back Atinc Nukan who is out until January. Meanwhile, Pepe could make a return to the side after missing out a game in Super Lig.
Porto however, face more setbacks with centre-forward Tiquinho Soares and Otavio both out of the squad. Moreover, forward Moussa Marega will also miss the game as he is suffering a thigh muscle strain.
Porto: Sa, Pereira, Felipe, Marcano, Telles, Andre, Danilo Pereira, Corona, Herrera, Brahimi, Aboubakar
Besiktas: Fabri, Gonul, Pepe, Tosic, Adriano, Hutchinson, Ozyakup, Quaresma, Talisca, Babel, Tosun
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