Juventus will have to give more than one hundred percent if they want to compensate for a 2:1 deficit from the first leg against Porto when they clashed in Portugal.
They are currently at 3rd place in Serie A, appearing quite good in the last two matches, as they recorded two consecutive victories. Last Saturday evening, they welcomed Lazio, and looked quite good in the offense, outplaying them with a 3:1 result. The hosts conceded first in the 14th minute, but responded in the best possible manner, leveling up the score in the 39th over Rabiot.
In the continuation, Morata performed quite well, scoring two goals in the 57th and from the penalty in the 60th, leaving his whole squad with a nice background for the second leg of the knockout phase.
Left back Danilo (23/1) is suspended for this one after accumulation of yellow cards. Forward Dybala (11/2) is injured, as well as defender Chiellini (8/0). Midfielder Bentancur (22/0) is positive and out.
As mentioned, Porto appeared fine in the first leg, but they will have a much tougher task in front of them on Tuesday evening on the road to Turin.
They didn’t let any surprises occur in their last Primeira encounter against Gil Vicente when they come with a routine 0:2 victory, playing as a visiting side. The guests controlled the clash for the start, taking an early lead in the 6th minute over Uribe, while Sergio Oliveira put an end to this clash in the 60th after a beautiful long-range shot.
Porto is currently at 2nd place in the overall rankings, having some concerns, as they have only two points more than their closest Braga and have probably lost the title race already.
Midfielder Corona (22/2) and defender Pepe (16/1) are both doutbful with chances to appear for now. Central defender Mbemba (19/1) remains out injured.
Way closer now
Juventus did concede two weird and unnecessary goals, but other than that, there is very little negativity about their overall performance in the first leg. They did escape with a goal in the end and made their lives way easier, meanwhile, I expect them just to continue where they left off back then.
This might not be necessarily a one-sided game completely, still, I believe that the Italians are way closer to get what they need even before the last phase of the game, with Porto probably trying to defend first and then getting into problems.