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Champions League: Malaga - FC Porto

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Malaga – FC Porto – On Wednesday, e will find out, who are the two remaining participants of the Champions League quarterfinals and on one of them will decide footballers of Spanish Malaga and super-experienced Porto, which in the first leg at home won with minimal 1-0. Begins: 13.03.2013 – 20:45 CET


Of course that this result leaves a very real chance for both teams to eventually qualify in the next round, but this time the Andalusians have the home-field advantage. In the group stage of the Champions League they have scored all three home wins, and this time rightly hopes that can win Porto with the great support its fans. However, they also have to be very careful to not receive a goal because they would then have to score three to pass further, which is against such an experienced team almost impossible. Otherwise, in order to be best prepared for this match in the Champions League the coach Pellegrini footballers played practically at half speed in the last three rounds of Spanish Primera, which was very much felt in the results as they have won just two points. But they are still on the good fourth position, so by the end of the season have a very good chance for the second consecutive presence in the elite European football competition. Before that, they will however try to stay as long as possible this season on the European scene, so the coach Pellegrini announced that on Wednesday evening will field its strongest line-up, in which only from before injured defender Elisea will not take place.

Probable lineups Malaga: Caballero – Gamez, Weligton, Demichelis, Antunes – Camacho, Toulalan – Joaquin, Isco, Julio Baptista – Saviola

FC Porto

As for the current Portuguese champions, but have said already that they managed in the first match of the Champions League round of sixteen to minimally win at home, so they expect this rematch with a lot of optimism. More precisely, the coach Pereira said before that match that he would be satisfied with any victory without receiving a goal, which Porto achieved at the end. Therefore, this allows them to use their favourite tactic in Malaga, the quick counterattacks. For this Pereira has at his disposal fast-footed wingers Varela and Rodriguez, who have since fully recovered from injuries, and on top of that Porto will certainly be very dangerous in game breaks through the great jumper Martinez. Let us say that the Portuguese, just like their rivals from Spain, rested several of their key players in the last round of the championship, but they won Estoril at home with 2-0. However, in the round before they made ??a small error when played only a draw in an away game against Sporting, so now are the second in the standings and lag two points behind the leading Benfica. Let us add that this for this match with Malaga are questionable only the midfielder Defouro and stopper Mangal due to minor injuries.

Probable lineups FC Porto: Helton – Danilo, Otamendi, Maicon, Alex Sandro – Fernando, Joao Moutinho, Lucho Gonzalez – Varela, Martinez, Rodriguez

Malaga – FC Porto Tip

Is that true that the hosts need a goal to return in the game, but they also know they certainly must not open too much against super-experienced Porto, so in this match is most realistically to expect a hard game with small number of goals.

Better's Prediction: Under 2.5
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