Porto v Leicester City tips: First Champions League defeat for Foxes
Leicester City will finish top of Group G but they desperately need a morale boost. They won't get it tonight
December 7th, 2016
There can be no denying that Leicester City supporters have had a rollercoaster of emotions over recent years. The Foxes only just avoided dropping into the Championship in 2014/15 but they followed this by causing one of the biggest upsets ever in English football by winning the Premier League title at pre-season odds of 5000/1.
How would Claudio Ranieri’s men cope with the added pressure of Champions League football? This was the main question being asked at the start of the season and it has already been answered in rather emphatic fashion with Leicester City struggling badly in their domestic campaign. Indeed the Foxes have managed just thirteen points so far this season, although rather startlingly this is exactly the same number as they have managed from their five Champions League group matches as Ranieri’s men look forward to a place in the last sixteen of the competition as runaway Group G leaders.
Leicester City’s win over FC Porto earlier in the campaign should be regarded as one of the standout results in the club’s history although we’re not so sure of their chances of repeating it tonight when the sides once again go head-to-head.
Following the dismal 2-1 defeat to struggling Sunderland at the weekend, Leicester City need a confidence boost although Ranieri may afford tonight’s encounter less importance given that top-spot in the group has already been secured and a high-priority Premier League clash with Manchester City looms at the weekend. As such we should expect some tinkering with the starting line-up and this will provide Porto with a chance of securing second place in the group with a win tonight.
Indeed the Portuguese side are 4/11 favourites to finish the group stage on a high, however a better option for us is to back a home win at 27/20 with Boylesports. Porto have kept clean sheets in all but two of their last twelve outings and they shouldn’t be troubled by a Foxes side which don’t possess a prolific striker given that Jamie Vardy isn’t at his best.
The clear choice on the anytime goalscorer market is Andre Silva, the Porto player failing to score in his last five outings in all competitions but banging in three in this season’s Champions League to date.