Leicester City will be hoping to continue their impressive run in the Champions League when they travel to Portugal to take on Porto in their final group stage match. Leicester City have already booked top spot in group G winning four and drawing one, whereas Porto will need to win this match or hope that Club Brugge can either defeat or hold Kobenhavn to a draw to ensure qualification into the round of 16.
This match will give Claudio Ranieri a chance to rotate his squad and give his fringe players an opportunity to impress him. The Leicester boss has already confirmed that Riyad Mahrez, Jamie Vardy and Andy King will be rested for this match. Robert Huth and Islam Slimani – both are a booking away from suspension – have not travelled too.
Leicester City will have to continue with Ron-Robert Zieler at goal as their No.1 keeper Kasper Schmeichel continues to recover from a hand injury. The Foxes might be able to welcome back Nampalys Mendy who suffered an ankle injury way back in August. Leicester City have been struggling domestically with no wins in their last four matches in the Premier League. A win against Porto will definitely help their momentum as they face Manchester City this weekend.
"We want to go there and still put in a good performance to try and get a good result, but at the same time, we haven't got the pressure on us of needing to get a win. That's a nice position to be in, so we can go out there and enjoy the game. It is good to say that we've qualified with a game to spare - we'd have no doubt taken that at the beginning of our campaign, so it's fantastic to be in that position and hopefully we can continue the good work" BBC's official website quoted club captain Wes Morgan as saying.
Porto, too, have been going through a rough patch recently winning just one game in five matches. However, Porto have a good home record in the Champions League losing just one game, winning seven and drawing three. A win will guarantee a spot in the last 16 but given Leicester's record in the Champions league so far it won't come easy.
Porto might be without midfield duo Danilo and Otavio who are struggling with injuries. It is unlikely that manager Nuno Espirito will make a lot of changes going into this match considering that this is a must-win game for them.
"As a technical team, our approach is the same for all games: maximum determination, concentration and commitment, despite the youth of the squad. The players are aware of their responsibility to represent FC Porto. This game does not require more than we have done so far. Represent FC Porto, we want to win the game and be in the top 16 teams in Europe" Nuno said.
Where to watch live
FC Porto vs. Leicester City is set to begin at 1.15am IST (7.45pm GMT, 8.45pm CET). Live Streaming and TV information is below.
India: TV: Ten 3. Live Streaming: Ten Sports live
Germany: TV: Sky Sports 7/HD. Live Streaming: Sky Go Deutschland
Spain: TV: Bein Sports. Live Streaming: Bein Sports Espana
UK: TV: BT Sport 3. Live Streaming: Watch BT Sport
Portugal: TV: Sport TV4