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Galatasaray vs FC Porto Predictions

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  • Turk Telekom Arena
    FC Porto
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      With top spot in their group wrapped up, Porto finish off their campaign with not a lot left to play for. They head into this one against a Galatasaray side who are done in this competition too, as they look towards the Europa League in 2019. Will they sign off with a victory in their final European game of the year, or are Gala set to come up short in this group once again? They were barely in the running for a top-two finish, while their league form suggests that their struggles could continue.

      The hosts slipped up again at the weekend, drawing 2-2 with Rizespor in the Super Lig. They came into this season as domestic champions, aiming to build on that in the league and in Europe. However, a torrid season has left them struggling to make it back into Europe last term. Their issues in recent years, looked to be over as they marched back to the top of their domestic division, but they’ve been shown up in Europe this term. Will they finish off this group with a win over the leaders?

      While Gala are struggling domestically, Porto’s title defence is faring much better. They’re four points clear of bitter rivals Benfica, while they’re three points clear at the top. The Dragons have raced through their group in the Champions League, with top spot already in the bag. They’ve made the most of a straightforward pool in Europe, while they’re showing themselves to be the best side in Portugal at a time when the giants are faltering. Having won the Primeira Liga last season, kicking on in Europe will certainly be among their New Years’ resolutions, and they can round off a solid campaign here.

      The visitors come here unbeaten after five matches in Europe this term. They’ve been able to kick off a four-game winning run in the Champions League, which started with success over Galatasaray. In that run, they’ve racked up 11 goals, part of a great streak which has helped them dominate across multiple competitions.

      Meanwhile, Galatasaray are unbeaten in their last six European home games. However, just two of those have brought wins. In this competition, they’re now winless in four. Their last eight in the Champions League has brought one victory – which came over a hapless Lokomotiv outfit. Meanwhile, the visitors have won 11 matches on the spin, so we’re backing Porto on the Double Chance market in this clash.

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