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Oct 21, 2014 at 7.45pm UK at ​Estádio do Dragão
Porto
2-1
Athletic Bilbao
Herrera (45'), Quaresma (75')
Maicon (22'), Danilo (59')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Guillermo (58')
San Jose (29'), Susaeta (59'), Mikel Rico (65'), Gurpegi (86')

Preview: Porto vs. Athletic Bilbao

Sports Mole previews Wednesday's Champions League Group H clash between Porto and Athletic Bilbao in Portugal.

Iberian rivals Porto and Athletic Bilbao will meet for the first time in 58 years on Wednesday when Bilbao make the trip to Portugal in the Champions League.

Porto currently top Group H having collected four points from their first two games, but it has been a different story for Bilbao, who are bottom on one point.

Bilbao had the better of their meeting 58 years ago, however, with the Spanish side triumphing in their two-legged affair in the 1956-57 European Champion Clubs' Cup preliminary round.

Porto's home record against Spanish opposition is fairly mixed, with nine wins, three draws and eight defeats from 20 matches. However, Bilbao have won just one of their four matches in Portugal, losing twice in the process.

Porto will enter the match off the back of a 3-1 defeat to Sporting Lisbon in the third round of their domestic cup at the weekend. That said, they are second in the Primeira Liga, four points behind leaders Benfica after seven matches and have lost just one of their 11 matches this season.

Bilbao, however, who finished fourth in La Liga last season, have made their worst ever start to a Spanish league season, collecting just five points from eight games.

They started their Group H campaign with a goalless draw at home to Shakhtar Donetsk, but lost 2-1 at BATE Borisov last time out. The Spanish side are also without a win in eight games and have failed to score in half of their 12 matches in all competitions this season.

Porto have no fresh injury concerns, but they will be without the services of Goncalo Paciencia, who has a knee problem. There are not expected to be too many surprises in their XI, with Jackson Martinez leading the line.

Cristian Tello and Oliver Torres, who are currently on loan from Barcelona and Atletico Madrid respectively, are also expected to start for the home side.

Bilbao, meanwhile, could recall Benat to their XI after the Spaniard started their 1-1 draw with Celta Vigo at the weekend on the bench.

Ibai Gomez is also pushing for inclusion in a wide area, but is unlikely to displace either Iker Muniain or Oscar de Marcos.

Recent form

Porto: DDDWL

Bilbao: LDLLW

Possible starting lineups

Porto: Fabiano; Danilo, Maicon, Martins Indi, Sandro; Brahimi, Herrera, Marcano; Torres, Martinez, Tello

Bilbao: Iraizoz; Iraola, Gurpegi, Laporte, Balenziaga; Rico, Iturraspe, Benat; Muniain, Aduriz, De Marcos

Sports Mole says: 2-0

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3AlavesAlaves531185310
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