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Champions League Preview: Porto - Paris Saint-Germain

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  PROBABLE LINEUPS


PORTO


Helton
M Lopes, Otamendi, Maicon, Alex Sandro
Defour
Lucho, Moutinho
Varela, Martinez, James Rodriguez

PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN

Sirigu

Jallet, Alex, Thiago Silva,Maxwell,Chantome, Verratti, Matuidi
Menez, Pastore
Ibrahimovic


Porto coach Vitor Pereira will be unlikely to ring the changes for Wednesday's visit of Paris Saint-Germain to the Estadio do Dragao.

The Portuguese giants are set to welcome back Silvestre Varela to the starting lineup, replacing Christian Atsu who featured in the 2-2 draw against Rio Ave at the weekend. Rolando is available, having completed a one-match ban, incurred in the 4-0 defeat to Manchester City in last season's Europa League.

Former Marseille midfielder Lucho Gonzalez is a familiar face, and foe for the visitors, having scored twice in six games against Carlo Ancelotti's side.

Paris Saint-Germain, meanwhile, will be boosted by the return of Ezequiel Lavezzi and Clement Chantome for the trip to northern Portugal. Chantome was suspended in the 2-0 victory over Sochaux at the weekend, while the Argentine international returns from a 10-day lay-off.

Jeremy Menez is also in line for a return, having sat out the weekend victory, but Ancelotti is likely to keep changes to a minimum, with one eye on the Ligue 1 clash against fierce rivals Marseille at the weekend.

  DID YOU KNOW?

  • Porto beat Dinamo Zagreb 2-0 in Croatia on Matchday 1, with Lucho Gonzalez (pictured right) scoring in his 50th Champions League appearance, hours after his father passed away.

  • Lucho also maintained his record of scoring in eight consecutive Champions League seasons

  • The Portuguese side met with PSG in the group stage of the 2004-05 campaign, with a famous scissor-kick by Charles Edouard Coridon earning the French side a 2-0 win in Paris, with the return ending 0-0.

  • Porto beat French sides Marseille, Lyon and subsequently Monaco in the final en route to their 2004 Champions League victory.

  • Paris Saint-Germain thrashed Dinamo Kiev 4-1 on Matchday 1, with Thiago Silva scoring on his debut.

  • Silva initially signed for Porto back in 2004, but only managed one reserve game.

  • The visitors' record in Portugal reads one win in five, beating Braga in the Europa League in 2009, but losing to Benfica in their most recent visit to the country.

  • Thiago Silva (PSG), Alex Sandro and Danilo (FC Porto) earned Brazil a silver medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
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