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Champions League Preview: Malaga - Porto

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  PROBABLE LINEUPS



MALAGA


Caballero
Sanchez, Weligton, Demichelis, Antunes

Toulalan, Camacho
Joaquin, Isco, Piazon
Saviola

PORTO

Helton
Danilo, Otamendi, Mangala, Alex Sandro
Lucho, Fernando, Moutinho
Varela, Martinez, Rodriguez


Malaga will look to overturn a one goal deficit from the first leg as the Spanish outfit welcomes Portuguese champion Porto to La Rosaleda in the knockout stage of the Champions League on Wednesday.

A solitary strike from Joao Moutinho was the difference at Dragao, as Manuel Pellegrini's men suffered their first ever defeat in the Champions League.

Los Boquerones have been boosted by the return to training of Eliseu and Julio Baptista in recent weeks. The duo have been suffering from a knee and hamstring injury respectively, but may not be in contention to start in the European clash against the club's Iberian neighbor.

The Portuguese champion had been sweating over the fitness of Moutinho for the trip to Andalusia as the 26-year-old missed the previous two matches with a thigh injury, but it looks like he will be fit to feature.

Eliaquim Mangala has also recovered from a shoulder injury and could be in with a shout to start.

 

  DID YOU KNOW?

  • Malaga's 1-0 defeat in the previous leg at Estadio Dragao was the club's first-ever Champions League loss.

  • Manuel Pellegrini's side has managed just four wins in 14 outings in 2013.

  • The Spanish outfit has never before had to overturn a first-leg away defeat in European competition.

  • Porto, in the knockout rounds for the 10th time, was last at this stage in 2009-10, losing 5-0 at Arsenal having won 2-1 at home.

  • The Portuguese champion has a strong record when winning the first leg at home, though, going through 33 times.

  • Porto's 38 games against Spanish sides has given the club a record of W13 D5 L20. In Spain that record is W5 D2 L11, although the club has won on three of its last six visits, losing only once

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