Porto v Club Brugge Preview: Hosts to secure a high-scoring win

Brugge will feel unlucky not have to have taken their first Champions League point of the season when these two teams locked horns a fortnight ago.

The Belgian side led 1-0 at half time but a second half comeback from the visitors culminating in an injury time penalty condemned Michel Preud’homme’s men to a third straight European loss.

Porto are expected to heap more misery on them on Wednesday as Paddy Power go just 1/3 (1.33) on a home win. It’s 9/2 (5.50) on the draw and 9/1 (10.0) that Brugge win and take maximum points from their trip to Portugal.

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While Leicester City have racked up nine points from their first three Champions League games there looks to be a very real fight for Porto – previous winners of this competition – to qualify in second place as Copenhagen are giving a very good account of themselves.

There is very little room for error in this game and a convincing home win is required for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side. Porto to win with a -1 handicap is odds on across the board with Paddy Power going 5/6 (1.83) and in truth there’s a very real chance that the hosts could rack up the goals here.

The away side have started to improve their Belgian top flight form but they’re a way off being able to compete regularly at this level, especially on the road. Given that the visitors have taken just four points from their last seven away from home in all competitions, it’s very tough to make a case for the underdogs especially with qualification hanging in the balance for Porto.

1/3 (1.33) about a home win isn’t going to appeal to many as an outright bet, but there are other options available. For example the 5/6 (1.83) on Porto to be ahead at both half time and full time with Paddy Power, but given how much trouble they had breaking down Brugge in the previous game it could take a little time for the high-flying hosts to assert themselves.

The home side have plenty of attacking threat but they have yet to keep a clean sheet in Group G this term and the visitors finding the back of the net can’t be ruled out. Both teams to score is 11/10 (2.10) with Paddy Power, a fair price but given Brugge’s 3-0 and 4-0 losses in their other away games on this stage, there are better options out there.

The best bet looks to be the Porto win and over 2.5 goals market which covers both a home victory by a large margin or another 2-1 scoreline and the price of 5/6 (1.83) with Paddy Power looks worthy of investing in. In each of the Portuguese sides’ last seven wins in all competitions there have been at least three goals and a repeat looks the best option for a bet here!

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