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Posted Mon 05 Dec 16

Match Preview: FC Porto vs. Leicester City

Read a full match preview on the UEFA Champions League fixture between FC Porto and Leicester City at the Estádio do Dragão on Wednesday 7 December, 2016 (7.45pm kick-off GMT). 
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Leicester City play their final UEFA Champions League Group G fixture on Wednesday, when they head to the Estádio do Dragão to face FC Porto. 

Having already qualified for the last-16 as group winners, City will now aim to maintain their unbeaten 2016/17 European record. 

The Foxes beat the Dragons at Leicester City Stadium on Tuesday 27 September thanks to a solo strike from Algeria international Islam Slimani. 

Kasper Schmeichel continues his recovery from a hand injury, while Nampalys Mendy is back in contention after being selected in Claudio Ranieri’s squad to face Sunderland on Saturday. 
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While the Foxes are already through to the knockout stages, FC Porto must ensure they match FC Copenhagen’s result against Club Brugge in order to secure safe passage to the last-16. 

The Portuguese outfit have lost just once in the Champions League this term and currently sit second in Group G, two points ahead of FC Copenhagen. 

Last time out in Europe, Porto battled to a goalless draw with Copenhagen at the Telia Parken Stadium in late November. 

On the domestic front, the Dragons currently sit third in the league having secured a 1-0 victory over Sporting Braga last time out. 
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Claudio Ranieri told LCFC TV following the defeat to Sunderland on Saturday: “Of course we wanted to get a point. Sunderland started better than us in the first 10 minutes but we stopped their shots. After that we played better and I think both teams had the chances to score the goals and win the match. 

"They scored first with the own goal and after that it was difficult. They scored another goal and after that we reacted very well to open the match but it wasn't enough. 

"Last season everything was right, starting with luck. We must continue to work hard and maintain the right balance within ourselves. 

"The battle is long but that is football. There are good moments and bad moments. In the bad moments, we must stay together as we are." 
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FC Porto manager Nuno Espirito Santo told fcporto.pt after the win over Sporting Braga: “I am happy for the players and especially for the fans, for the support they gave us, as it deserved the victory. 

“After a few not so positive results, we finally played a dynamic match, always on top, and our complete control was obvious tonight. We suffered until the end, but we did end celebrating, with the entire team, which is important, no questions about it. 

“The team produced, had many goal situations. We scored in the end, but we could have done it long before, and the history of the match would have been completely different. Braga came here to play, not just defend, but, after they were down to 10 men, they tried to defend and our offensive production increased. 

“What matters is that we won three points and we are going to try to take advantage of this to continue to grow and believe, as we are not surrendering; that is our clear message.” 
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Iker Casillas has played a major role in FC Porto’s fine defensive record this term and has kept six clean sheets in his last seven appearances for his side. 

Casillas – a three-time UEFA Champions League winner – joined the Portuguese outfit in July 2015 following a trophy-laden career at Spanish giants Real Madrid. 

The experienced stopper, who lifted the World Cup in 2010 and won the European Championships twice with Spain, laid claim to 18 trophies while at the Bernabéu Stadium. 

One of the most decorated goalkeepers in the modern game, Casillas will without doubt be a hard man to beat when City face Porto on Wednesday evening.
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