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Malaga v FC Porto live Champions League Preview

Malaga v FC Porto live Champions League Preview Photo: TT

FC Porto travel to Spain to face FC Malaga in the UEFA Champions League at the La Rosaleda on March 13, 2013 at 1945 GMT. Porto enters this game with an advantage as they won the first leg 1-0.

Vítor Pereira’s feels his FC Porto has a very good chance of making it to the quarter-finals due to the advantage and an away goal will probably seal their progression into the next round.

Malaga will have to do everything in their power to overturn the one goal deficit from the first leg, but will have to concentrate long and hard for the entire 90 minutes.

Joao Moutinho who proved to be the difference at Dragao will be deemed fit to play only after a late fitness test due to a thigh strain he suffered, chances of him playing are quite high.

The good news for the Spanish league team is that Eliseu and Julio Baptista are back in training with the first team. They may not be in contention to start in this European clash but could feature on the bench and be given a run only if needed.

Eliaquim Mangala of FC Porto who had a small niggle has complete recovered from a shoulder injury and could start.

Statistics push this game in favour of FC Porto as the Portugal side have gone through on 33 occasions after winning the first leg, while Malaga have never managed to turn a first leg defeat around.

This game is a tough one to predict, but a 1-1 on the night to send FC Porto through seems to be an appropriate guess.

Expected Line-ups: Malaga: Willy Caballero, Sergio Sanchez, Weligton, Martin Demichelis, Vitorino Antunes, Jeremy Toulalan, Ignacio Camacho, Joaquin, Isco, Lucas Piazon, Javier Saviola

FC Porto: Helton, Danilo, Nicolas Otamendi, Eliaquim Mangala, Alex Sandro, Lucho Gonzalez, Fernando, Jao Moutinho, Silvestre Varela, Jackson Martinez, James Rodriguez

Rajeev mcallister
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