Atletico Madrid play FC Porto in the UEFA Champions League 2022-23 at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid on Thursday, September 8. The match will start at 12:30 AM IST (Indian Standard Time).
Atletico Madrid reached the quarter-final of the UEFA Champions League last season where they were beaten 1-0 on aggregate by Manchester City. The Madrid-based club are the heavyweights in their group this season consisting of FC Porto, Club Brugge and Bayer Leverkusen. Atletico will be without Felipe, Stefan Savic and Sergio Reguilon on matchday 1, while Thomas Lemar and Matheus Cunha are also unlikely to feature.
FC Porto have won the UEFA Champions League twice in their history, with the most recent title famously coming under Jose Mourinho in the 2003-04 season. The Portuguese club were knocked out in the group stage last season but are expected to compete with Bayer Leverkusen for the round of 16 qualifications in the 2022-23 campaign. Porto have won four of the five matches played so far in Liga Portugal this season.
Atletico Madrid vs FC Porto UEFA Champions League 2022-23 odds
Parimatch odds: Atletico Madrid: 1.87, FC Porto: 4.70, Draw: 3.45
Betwinner odds: Atletico Madrid: 1.81, FC Porto: 4.56, Draw: 3.54
Betway odds: Atletico Madrid: 1.80, FC Porto: 4.75, Draw: 3.40
10CRIC odds: Atletico Madrid: 1.84, FC Porto: 4.49, Draw: 3.49
Note: Odds are subject to change. Please visit betting sites to check and confirm the latest odds.
Atletico Madrid vs FC Porto head-to-head
Atletico Madrid have a slight edge in this head-to-head, winning three and drawing three of the eight matches. FC Porto have won the remaining two games.
Atletico collected four of the six available points against Porto in the UEFA Champions League group stage last season after a goalless draw at Wanda Metropolitano was followed by a 3-1 Atleti win at the Estadio do Dragao.
FC Porto’s last victory against Atletico Madrid came in the 2009-10 season when the Portuguese side won both group stage matches, aggregating 5-0 against the La Liga club.
Atletico Madrid vs FC Porto UEFA Champions League 2022-23 squads
Atletico Madrid: Jan Oblak (goalkeeper), Ivo Grbic (goalkeeper), Mario Hermoso, Felipe, Jose Maria Gimenez, Axel Witsel, Reinildo Isnard Mandava, Sergio Reguilon, Marcos Llorente, Koke (captain), Geoffrey Kondogbia, Nahuel Molina, Yannick Carrasco, Thomas Lemar, Angel Correra, Matheus Cunha, Antoine Griezmann, Rodrigo de Paul, Saul Niguez, Alvaro Morata, Joao Felix.
FC Porto: Diogo Costa (goalkeeper), Claudio Ramos (goalkeeper), Rodrigo Conceicao, Joao Mario, Pepe (captain), Ivan Marcano, Wendell, Fabio Cardoso, David Carmo, Zaidu Sanusi, Otavio, Stephen Eustaquio, Joao Marcelo, Andre Franco, Fernando Andrade, Marko Grujic, Gabriel Veron, Mateus Uribe, Wenderson Galeno, Evanilson, Mehdi Taremi, Toni Martinez, Danny Namaso, Goncalo Borges.
Atletico Madrid vs FC Porto probable starting lineups
Atletico Madrid: Jan Oblak (goalkeeper); Jose Maria Gimenez, Axel Witsel, Reinildo Isnard Mandava; Marcos Llorente, Koke (captain), Geoffrey Kondogbia, Nahuel Molina, Yannick Carrasco; Alvaro Morata, Joao Felix.
FC Porto: Diogo Costa (goalkeeper); Joao Mario, Pepe (captain), David Carmo, Zaidu Sanusi; Otavio, Stephen Eustaquio, Mateus Uribe, Wenderson Galeno; Evanilson, Mehdi Taremi.
Atletico Madrid vs FC Porto UEFA Champions League 2022-23 combined fantasy XI
Diogo Costa (goalkeeper); Jose Maria Gimenez, Axel Witsel, Joao Mario; Marcos Llorente, Evanilson, Wenderson Galeno, Nahuel Molina, Yannick Carrasco; Alvaro Morata, Joao Felix (captain).
Atletico Madrid top picks and players to watch vs FC Porto UEFA Champions League 2022-23
Alvaro Morata: The 29-year-old has begun the new La Liga season with three goals from four matches. Morata had netted twice in the UEFA Champions League in the 2021-22 season for Juventus. His movement in the box and aerial ability make him a difficult proposition for the FC Porto defenders.
Joao Felix: Following his €126 million transfer from Benfica in 2019, Felix has been a key offensive player for Atletico Madrid. The 22-year-old made a hat-trick of assists in the La Liga season opener for Atletico. Felix’s last goal in the UEFA Champions League came in last season’s round of 16 tie against Manchester United when he scored in the first leg in Madrid.
FC Porto top picks and players to watch vs Atletico Madrid UEFA Champions League 2022-23
Evanilson: The Brazilian striker began the season with a goal and assist in the Supertaca and followed it by making three goal contributions in the Liga Portugal in five matches. Evanilson is adept at beating the offside trap and exploiting the space behind opposition defenders with his pace.
Wenderson Galeno: FC Porto’s 24-year-old winger scored in their victory over Gil Vicente FC in the Liga Portugal 2022-23 campaign. Galeno has averaged 0.8 key passes this season and has the ability to break defensive lines with his dribbling and creative passing of the ball in the attacking third.
Atletico Madrid vs FC Porto UEFA Champions League 2022-23 prediction
Atletico Madrid are the established team in the UEFA Champions League and have been dominant in the group stage in the last few seasons. Atletico have more proven match-winners at this level of the game and are tipped to be the clear favourites in this match.
FC Porto have made an impressive start to their league campaign but they lack the firepower to beat a superior side like Atletico. The visitors will be the underdogs on matchday 1 of the UEFA Champions League 2022-23.