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Five reasons why Porto’s plucky Dragons can surprise Bayern

Jackson Martinez struck last against Bayern Munich

The Dragons face a tough task at the Allianz Arena, but are capable of shocking their hosts again

As Porto prepare for their jaunt to Germany, a nail-biting Champions League quarter-final battle against Bayern Munich awaits.

Despite their dominance at the Estadio de Dragao, Julen Lopetegui’s men are still largely being written-off. Do the Dragons dare to deny Bayern with a repeat performance? Here are five reasons why the Portuguese can pull of another shock.

Porto poacher Jackson Martinez is back in business
The Oporto outfit may have bludgeoned Basel without their most formidable frontman, but there is no denying what leading marksman Martinez (10/3 with Coral to be on target anytime) brings to the team.

With the Dragons’ dangerman restored to a starting berth and back in form after recovering from injury, Porto are an entirely different prospect. So Martinez, who has hit six in seven Champions League clashes and had the final say for his side last time out in Europe, is a nifty 9/1 with William Hill to net last again.

Bayern have succumbed to Porto on the big stage before
It may have been back in 1987, but Porto are no strangers to knocking Bayern out of continental competition. The Dragons fought back late to beat the German juggernauts 2-1 in the Vienna final, and are 5/4 with bet365 to channel history and score in the second half again.

Rampant wingmen dangerous for Dragons
It was former figure of fun Ricardo Quaresma who emerged from the shadows to taunt Pep Guardiola’s guys in the first leg. An unexpected Porto protagonist, the trickster, who bagged a brace, is a best market price of 6/1 with bet365 to stun the Munich men again anytime.

On the opposite flank should be flying winger Yacine Brahimi, who has struck five times in eight European outings, and is offered at 14/1 by SkyBet to take his second chance and beat Bayern’s backline first.

Porto’s almost perfect away record
The determined Dragons have suffered just two defeats away from the Esadio de Dragao this season, and remain unbeaten in the Champions League, something Bayern cannot claim. Back the Portuguese club at a price of 9/1 with Coral to triumph over 90 minutes again.

Bayern’s recent backline wobbles
The Allianz Arena outfit have revealed rearguard weakness lately, which Porto exploited to perfection in the first leg. Shaky centre back pair Jerome Boateng and Dante look there for the taking, so bet365 are offering excellent odds of 11/4 for the Dragons to draw first blood.

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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