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French Cup Preview

PSG will be back in action on Friday evening, as they look to regain the French Cup. The Parisians last won this competition in the 2020-21 season, as they landed their 14th honour. However, they will certainly have questions to answer this weekend, as they were beaten for the first time domestically in their previous fixture. PSG was beaten 3-1 away from home against Lens on New Year’s Day, which saw their unbeaten record in France come to an end. Their lead at the top of the Ligue 1 standings remains a healthy one, but a second straight defeat could lead to questions surrounding the manager. But, the Parisians have been dominant throughout recent history at this stage of the competition. This will be a big moment in the history of Chateauroux, as they welcome PSG to town for the French Cup tie. They currently sit 14th in National, after winning just four of their 16 games this term. Their form over their previous five games has been sketchy to say the least, as they haven’t won over that period. However, they came through the previous round in excellent fashion, as they beat Lege-Cap-Ferret 4-1 away from home. Florian Bianchini, Ferris N’Goma, and Celal Bozkurt were among the scorers in that win. Their best-ever showing in the competition came in 2003-04, as they were beaten in the final by PSG.

Chateauroux vs PSG Head to Head

The only previous competitive meeting between the sides came in the 2004 French Cup final. On that occasion, PSG claimed victory following Pedro Pauleta’s strike with just 25 minutes remaining.

Chateauroux vs PSG Prediction

This should be a testing fixture on the road for PSG, but it remains extremely difficult to see past the reigning French champions. PSG look to be the best bet to win this game, and they could claim a 3-0 win on the road. Make sure to bet on Chateauroux vs PSG with 22Bet!" ["post_title"]=> string(61) "Chateauroux vs PSG Prediction: French Cup Match on 06.01.2023" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(0) "" ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["ping_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(38) "chateauroux-vs-psg-prediction-06-01-23" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2023-02-06 15:20:25" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2023-02-06 12:20:25" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(32) "" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } }
FC Porto vs Lazio Prediction: Europa League Match on 17.02.2022

FC Porto vs Lazio Prediction: Europa League Match on 17.02.2022

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After an enthralling and eventful 2-2 draw with the Primeira Liga challengers Sporting CP on Friday, FC Porto’s attention turns to the Europa League round-of-32 fixture against Italian side Lazio on Thursday at 21:00GMT.

Match Preview

Can Porto Take a Giant Step Towards the Round of 16 by Winning the Home Fixture Against Lazio?

Sérgio Conceição will be focused on ensuring his team take a giant step towards the Europa League round of 16 at the expense of Lazio on Thursday. 

Porto are riding high in the Primeira Liga, six points ahead of their closest challenges and reigning champions Sporting CP. 

With Porto starting the tie at home, Sérgio Conceição will look to ensure that they maximise the advantage they get to build a lead they can take to Italy for the return leg.

Can Lazio Keep Porto at Bay Ahead of the Second Leg in Italy

Maurizio Sarri’s side will be looking to contain Porto and get a positive result to take home in the second leg. 

Sarri will be aware that Porto are a Champions League club, especially given Conceição’s side were in the quarter finals just last season, losing to eventual champions Chelsea. 

Also, the fact that the tie has two legs means that Lazio will have to be deliberate and tactical about their approach to optimise their chances of progressing to the round of 16.

Form Guide


Porto are unbeaten in 22 Primeira Liga Matches this season. They have dropped only six points, in three draws, all-reason. 

Sérgio Conceição’s men are top of the table sitting on a six-point lead heading into their Europa League clash with Lazio.

Over the last five rounds of Primeira Liga outings, Porto have won four and drawn one. The draw came on Friday in a feisty 2-2 against their closest competitors for the title, and the current holders, Sporting CP. 

Sérgio Conceição will be looking to bounce back from that draw and get back to their winning groove against Lazio on Thursday, and take a massive step towards progressing to the round of 16. 


Lazio are in a good run of form; they have not lost in four matches. In this unbeaten run, they have won three matches and drawn one.

Maurizio Sarri’s men are within four points of fourth-placed Juventus on the Serie A table as they seek to compete for Champions League prediction. 

Sarri will also be aware of the fact that Europa League success offers a route for Champions League qualification. Therefore, he will be fighting to earn progression to the round of 16 at the expense of Porto.

Maurizio Sarri has won the Europa League before with Chelsea in 2019; this means he has the experience to navigate Lazio through the tournament’s demands. 

Team News


Sérgio Conceição will be without right-back Wilson Manafa for the clash against Lazio. The 27-year-old is nursing a ruptured patella and is expected to be back by the end of May. 

Porto will also be without striker Fernando Andrade; the 209-year-old is recovering from a cruciate ligament rupture from August 12th 2021. There is no set return date for the forward. 


Centre-back Francesco Acerbi will be a doubt for the clash against Porto as he recovers from a hamstring injury. 

Central midfielder Jean-Daniel Akpa Akpro has been side-lined with pneumonia since January 3rd; he will be a doubt for the trip to face Porto at the Estadio Dragao.

Maurizio Sarri will also be without the services of right midfielder Manual Lazzari; the 28-year-old is nursing a hamstring injury since February 12th.  

Defensive midfielder Patryk Dziczek is still side-lined after the diagnosis of a heart condition on February 20th 2021. 

Possible Starting Lineups


Costa; J.M., C. Mbemba, Pepe, Z. Sanusi; F. Vieira, M. Uribe, V. Ferreira, Otavio, Evanilson, M. Taremi


Strakosha; M. Lazzari, L. Felipe, Patric, A. Marusic; S. Milinkovic-Savic, Lucas, L. Alberto; Pedro, C. Immobile, M. Zaccagni

Players to Watch

M. Taremi

Taremi is a crucial cog for Porto’s success this season. He will be crucial for the Portuguese club’s bid to progress to the round of 16 against Lazio.

C. Immobile

The Italian international has been fundamental to Lazio’s form since he has returned from injury. The Euros winner will be crucial for Sarri’s side against Porto.


Expect Porto to be on the front foot against Lazio by dominating possession and because they are playing at home. Expect Lazio to compete for possession and territorial dominance.

Porto are in a good run of form, and they are favoured to narrowly edge out Lazio in Portugal.

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