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Shakhtar Donetsk look to make a good start to the Champions League campaign when they welcome Porto to the Volksparkstadion in Hamburg. Shakhtar Donetsk have frequently struggled to get past the group stages of the Champions League and they have not reached the knockout stages for 5+ years. Meanwhile, FC Porto head into the encounter after having tasted frequent success in this competition. Porto have frequently been into the knockout stages in five out of the last six seasons. The expectation from the Portuguese team of this match on September 19 will be to start the group stages with a victory.
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Porto Predicted Lineups and News
Shakhtar Donetsk have made a brilliant start to the domestic campaign with 17 points from the seven matches. The club has opened up a three-point advantage over the chasing pack following the weekend’s win over Obolon’ Kyiv.
Meanwhile, Porto bounced back from the draw with Arouca to get a close win over Estrela. After having already dropped a couple of big points in recent games, Porto are sitting level on points with Sporting CP at the top of the Portuguese Primeira Liga. Porto have a one-point advantage over Benfica ahead of this match.
Team News: Shakhtar Donetsk
Shakhtar Donetsk come into the fixture missing a couple of key players for the game. Lassina Traore, Valeriy Bondar, and Mykola Matvienko will be the three players who will not feature for the upcoming game because of injuries. Since the score only has a handful of injuries, there may not be too many changes compared to the line-up that picked up a victory in the league during the weekend.
Shakhtar Donetsk Predicted Lineup
Dmytro Riznyk, Yukhym Konoplia, Eduard Kozik, Yaroslav Rakitskiy, Irakli Azarovi, Taras Stepanenko, Oleksandr Zubkov, Georgiy Sudakov, Dmytro Kryskiv, Oleksii Kashchuk, Danylo Sikan
Team News: Porto
The Portuguese team have today during the decade since, as a string of players will be unavailable for the game. This includes Ivan Marcano, Evanilson, Marko Grujic, Francisco Conceicao, and Gabriel Veron. A handful of these players – Evanilson and Marcano – did not feature even in the league match on Friday. The replacements will come in the form of Mehdi Taremi and Wendell. The Portuguese team may be set to make a handful of changes from the weekend line-up. One of the crucial differences could be the return of Pepe to the defence.
Porto Predicted Lineup
Diogo Costa, Joao Mario, Fabio Cardoso, Pepe, Wendell, Nico Gonzalez, Stephen Eustaquio, Pepe, Mehdi Taremi, Wenderson Galeno, Antonio Martinez
Will Mehdi Taremi Play Today?
Mehdi Taremi was finally able to end his goal at the start of the season after coming up with the winner against Estrela. These are the first goals of the campaign for the midfielder, who can be a very important player for the visitors in the counter-attacks. Porto have seen consistent performances from Mehdi Taremi to expect another good performance.
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