Atletico Madrid and FC Porto will begin their Champions League campaigns in a Group B clash at the Wanda Metropolitano on Wednesday night with kickoff at 22:00.
Atletico Madrid will open their Champions League campaign looking to better their European record having qualified automatically after being crowned champions of Spain at the end of a grueling season last year.
Diego Simeone’s side managed to pipe both Barcelona and Real Madrid to the La Liga tittle last season and the capital club seem to have picked up where they left off having made an unbeaten start to their defense of the Spanish crown. They have posted three wins and a draw in their opening four matches and they currently sit in third position with 10 points level with Real Madrid and Valencia who have a superior goal difference.
Atleti have been having a hard time in the Champions League in the recent years as they have not gone past the round of 16 in three of their last four campaigns and they were knocked out by the eventual champions, Chelsea, in the last 16 last season. Now Atletico will head into the Wednesday’s clash desperate to get their campaign underway at the first time of asking as they face both Liverpool and AC Milan in their next fixtures.
Meanwhile Porto were pipped to the Portuguese Primeira Liga tittle last season by the dominant Sporting Lisbon but Sergio Conceicao’s side sought to claim an early scalp over Sporting during the Saturday’s highly anticipated battle that ended 1-1.
Porto have made a mixed start to the new Primeira Liga season winning three and drawing two in their five opening matches and currently sit in fourth spot with 11 points in the league standings and only four points behind table toppers Benfica.
Porto now will shift their focus to Champions League looking to go higher up the tournament as they exceeded expectations last campaign when they sent Juventus packing on-route to the quarter finals but were eliminated by Chelsea.
Atletico Madrid vs Porto head to head
Both sides have clashed in six encounters with both sides claiming two victories while two ended in draw.
- Atletico 2-0 Porto 11/12/13
- Porto 1-2 Atletico 01/10/13
- Atletico 0-3 Porto 08/12/09
- Porto 2-0 Atletico 30/09/09
- Porto 0-0 Atletico 11/03/09
- Espanyol 1-2 Atletico
- Atletico 2-2 Villarreal
- Atletico 1-0 Elche
- Celta Vigo 1-2 Atletico
- Feyenoord 2-1 Atletico
- Sporting 1-1 Porto
- Porto 3-0 Arouca
- Maritimo Madeira 1-1 Porto
- Famalicao 1-2 Porto
- Porto 2-0 Belenenses
Atletico Madrid team news
Stefan Savic is the only missing player on suspension as he was red-carded in the game against Chelsea.
Porto team news
Porto will be without Agustin Marchesin and Marko Grujic due to injuries.
Prediction and odds
- Double chance
- Both sides to score
- Home win