Having established themselves as Group D leaders with victory at Lokomotiv Moskva, Porto want more of the same in the home game.
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Porto took the outright leadership of Group D with a solid win at Lokomotiv Moskva on matchday three and will be looking to strengthen their grip on the section when the Russian side visit Portugal for the reverse fixture.
• After Manuel Fernandes had had an early penalty saved by Porto's Iker Casillas, goals from Moussa Marega (26pen) and Héctor Herrera (35) put the visitors in control in Moscow on 24 October and, though Anton Miranchuk halved Lokomotiv's deficit before half-time, a Jesús Corona goal two minutes into the second half secured the points for the visitors. It was Lokomotiv's joint heaviest home defeat in the UEFA Champions League.
• The Portuguese side now have seven points in the section, two more than Schalke and three ahead of Galatasaray. Loko are fourth having lost all three games and will be unable to finish in the top two if either they lose and there is a winner in the Galatasaray-Schalke game, or if they draw and Schalke win.
• Porto edged to a 1-0 win at home against Galatasaray on matchday two having been held 1-1 at Schalke in their opening fixture.
• Porto are in the UEFA Champions League for the 23rd season – the joint highest total ever alongside Real Madrid and Barcelona.
• Porto have reached the round of 16 in the last two years, and have qualified from the group three times in the last four seasons. In 2017/18 they lost 5-0 on aggregate to eventual runners-up Liverpool in the last 16 having been beaten at home by the same scoreline in the first leg.
• Porto picked up six points at home in last season's group stage. However, despite their matchday two victory, they have won only five of their last 12 home matches in European competition, losing the same number.
• The Portuguese club are without a win in their last two home games against Russian visitors (D1 L1), the most recent such contest a 1-0 defeat by Zenit in the 2013/14 UEFA Champions League group stage. That is Porto's sole loss in their six home games against Russian clubs (W2 D3) – although they have failed to score in four of those six matches.
• Lokomotiv went down 3-0 at Galatasaray in their first fixture before a late 1-0 home loss to Schalke.
• Loko have lost their last five European matches – having won the previous four. The current run equals the worst losing sequence in Lokomotiv's European history, matching their five successive losses in 2003.
• Russian champions last season for the first time since 2004, Lokomotiv are in the group stage for the fourth time, having not featured since 2003/04 – their third successive appearance – when they reached the round of 16.
• The Moscow club have qualified from their group on their last two appearances.
• In 2017/18, Lokomotiv began in the UEFA Europa League group stage, beating Nice in the round of 32 before suffering an 8-1 aggregate loss against eventual champions Atlético Madrid in the last 16.
• The 3-0 first-leg loss at Atlético was Lokomotiv's only away defeat in Europe last season (W2 D2). Despite that defeat, and the matchday one reverse at Galatasaray, they have lost only three of their last 11 European away matches (W4 D4).
• Loko are without an away victory in the UEFA Champions League since a 2-1 win at Galatasaray in the 2002/03 first group stage. Their subsequent record, qualifying included, is D4 L7.
• Lokomotiv lost their first two games in Portugal but won the last, 3-1 at Sporting CP in the 2015/16 UEFA Europa League group stage.
Links and trivia
• Yuri Semin was coach of the Dynamo Kyiv side that beat Porto 1-0 away but lost 2-1 at home on matchday three and four of the 2008/09 UEFA Champions League group stage.
• Have played in Portugal:
Manuel Fernandes (Benfica 2003–06)
Éder (Tourizense 2006–08, Académica 2008–12, Braga 2012–15)
• Porto coach Sérgio Conceição was Éder's boss at Braga in 2014/15.
• International team-mates:
Danilo, Sérgio Oliveira & Manuel Fernandes, Éder (Portugal)
Chidozie Awaziem & Brian Idowu (Nigeria)
• Héctor Herrera set up both goals as Mexico beat Fedor Smolov's Russia 2-1 in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup group stage match in Kazan.
• Porto went top of the Liga with a 2-0 home win against Feirense on 28 October, Felipe opening the scoring with his first goal of the season.
• The Portuguese club won by the same scoreline at Marítimo on Saturday, Otávio and Moussa Marega each supplying a goal and an assist.
• They had suffered their second league defeat of the season on 7 October, going down 1-0 at Benfica in the seventh round of fixtures – it took Porto 28 Liga matches in 2017/18 to lose twice.
• Porto suffered a first home Liga defeat in 36 matches on 25 August, going down 3-2 against Vitória SC. Having led 2-0, it was the first time they had lost at home in the league having been two goals up since 1942/43.
• The Dragons have won their last five matches in all competitions – scoring 17 goals – and eight of the last nine, the exception that Benfica defeat.
• Porto have scored in their last 14 home matches, since a 5-0 defeat by Liverpool in last season's UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg.
• Varzim were beaten 4-2 in the Portuguese League Cup group stage on 31 October, Riechedly Bazoer opening his scoring account for the club. Chancel Mbemba and Chidozie Awaziem, neither of whom are in the UEFA Champions League squad, made their debut and first appearance of the season respectively.
• Porto will play Belenenses in the last 16 of the Portuguese Cup on 25 November.
• Vincent Aboubakar suffered a serious knee injury against Tondela on 28 September and is expected to be sidelined for several months.
• Hernâni made his first appearance since 28 September against Varzim having been out with a thigh injury sustained in training before the Benfica game.
• Porto kicked off 2018/19 with a 3-1 win against Portuguese Cup holders Aves in the domestic Super Cup on 4 August.
• On 27 July Lokomotiv suffered a 1-0 extra-time defeat by CSKA in the Russian Super Cup.
• Having won only two of their first eight league matches this season, Lokomotiv have picked up victories in the last five, beating Yenisey 3-0 on 28 October and Arsenal Tula 3-1 on Saturday.
• Lokomotiv picked up only two points from their first three Premier League matches – the worst start to a campaign by the defending champions in Russian league history.
• Anton Miranchuk scored twice and Éder and Aleksei Miranchuk once each in Lokomotiv's 4-1 win against Yenisey in the last 16 of the Russian Cup on 31 October.
• Anton Miranchuk, who also registered twice against Arsenal Tula, has scored six goals in his last four appearances for Lokomotiv.
• Yuri Semin's side will play Rubin at home in the quarter-finals.
• Fedor Smolov suffered a shoulder injury against Baltika on 26 September and has not played since, although he was on the bench on Saturday. Aleksandr Kolomeytsev has not played this season due to a hip problem
• Jefferson Farfán played the first half against Arsenal Tula at the weekend after recovering from a muscle injury that had kept him out since matchday one.
• Maciej Rybus has been out since sustaining an adductor injury against Krasnodar on 1 September but is back in training.