Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and Porto will battle it out for top spot in Group A of the European Champions League at Parc des Princes in Paris on Tuesday December 4th. Portuguese club Porto sits on top of the group with 13 points from four wins and a draw after five matches. PSG sits right behind them with 12 points from four wins and a draw. PSG needs to win this match to take first place in the group while Porto will claim first place if they manage to draw or win.
PSG Carlo Ancelotti has seen his struggle lately and they’ll have to be at their best if they hope to earn all three points from this match. He needs striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic to have a good game and lead the way in attack. His goaltending situation should also be stronger as Salvatore Sirigu has returned to the squad from injury and so has midfielder Marco Verratti. They both missed the team’s last game, which was a 2-1 loss against Nice in a French league game on the weekend. However, it looks like the team will have to play without the services of Thiago Motta and Kevin Gameiro, who are both out with injuries.
Porto is also going into the game after a loss in their domestic league as they were beaten 2-1 by Braga on the weekend. However, they should have some added confidence since they managed to beat PSG 1-0 the first time they met in the Champions League group stage this season. Porto more or less has a healthy squad for this game and will be relying on the likes of Jackson Martinez, Lucho Gonzalez, and Joao Moutinho to have big games for them. Manager Vitor Pereira will be pleased that he has a healthy squad to choose from.
As far as their form goes, PSG is in fourth place in the French Ligue 1. They have played 14 matches so far and have earned 26 points out of a possible 42. They’ve already qualified from the group stage of the Champions League, but like Porto, they would prefer to win the group if possible. The last time they met Porto at home in European competition, they managed to pull off a 2-0 victory back in the 2004/05 season.
Porto is having a fine year in the Portuguese league and they lead the table of the Primeira Liga with a total of 26 points on the season so far. If Porto should happen to lose this match to PSG it will be the first time they’ve lost two competitive games in a row since November of 2009. They’ve score nine goals and allowed two in the Champions League this year while PSG have scored 12 and allowed two. Nobody from either team has more than a pair of goals.
Porto has three wins, a draw and a loss in their last five games overall while PSG has two wins, a draw and two losses. It’s hard to say how motivated these teams will be since they will both advance no matter what the score is. PSG should be able to at least get a draw at home, but Porto will take the group.
Sportsbook William Hill has the latest odds on the match at 6/5 for a PSG win and 12/5 for a Porto victory with a draw at 11/5.