While Vítor Pereira has largely the same squad at his fingertips, he wasn’t able to keep Falcao on the books and a Champions League campaign stopped at the end of the group stage after APOEL and Zenit finished above them.
We shouldn’t forget that Porto are the holders of this trophy although the draw wasn’t kind in the slightest when the Dragons were paired with a Manchester City side that will surely be going all out to claim this piece of silverware.
Roberto Mancini’s side are out of the FA Cup and so there is every reason to expect a strong team appearing at the Estádio do Dragão, with odds of 15/8 (Bet Victor – £50 free bets) about City claiming a valuable away win.
Porto are still a fearsome proposition on home soil and they boast nine wins from ten matches in front of their own supporters this season, something which suggests that the Premier League leaders will be in for a tough game.
The home side can be backed at 17/10 (Boylesports) and their latest home game involved a 4-0 thrashing of Uniao Leiria. Marc Janko managed his first goal since making the switch from FC Twente, although it is Hulk that is the danger man for Porto and odds of 6/1 (Paddy Power) are available that he scores the first goal of the game.