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Friday European preview: Porto eye O Classico spoils

There are four European fixtures to get stuck into on Friday evening, including the little matter of the O Classico between FC Porto and Benfica in Portugal. 

(This article was originally published on 20.10.2022)

Benfica head into the contest top of the Primeira Liga standings, three points and a place ahead of Friday's hosts Porto, and you can keep up to speed with everything going on via bet365's European Soccer Live Streaming. 

Also available on that service will be the three other offerings from around Europe, as Mainz host Cologne in the German Bundesliga, Paris Saint-Germain travel to AC Ajaccio in Ligue 1 and Empoli make the trip to Juventus in Serie A. 

Porto to take top spot

What:FC Porto v Benfica
Where:Estadio do Dragao, Porto
When:20:15, Friday 21st October
How to watch:BT Sport 2 and bet65's European Soccer Live Streaming
Odds:FC Porto 13/10, Draw 9/4, Benfica 19/10

Two of Portugal's 'Big Three' face off on Friday evening as Porto, who sit second in the standings, welcome table-toppers Benfica to the Estadio do Dragao. 

Sergio Conceicao's side suffered a shock 3-1 defeat at Rio Ave at the end of August - their only league loss of the campaign - but they have since gone on a five-game unbeaten run in the Primeira Liga to get themselves back on track. 

The Dragons have won their last five assignments across all competitions and they have kept clean sheets in their last four outings - shutting out Bayer Leverkusen twice, Portimonense and Anadia. 

Porto warmed up for O Classico with a 6-0 victory over Anadia in the Taca de Portugal and they will be feeling confident of extending their impressive record against Benfica. 

Friday's visitors are without a win in the last nine meetings (losing seven and drawing two) and while they are unbeaten across all competitions this term, that record may not stand for too much longer. 

Benfica have been held to draws in three of their last five matches and they only just scraped past Caldas on penalties in the Taca de Portugal last time out.

Old Lady set for more frustration

What:Juventus v Empoli
Where:Allianz Stadium, Turin
When:19:45, Friday 21st October
How to watch:BT Sport 3 and bet65's European Soccer Live Streaming
Odds:Juventus 4/9, Draw 15/4, Empoli 13/2

It has been a disappointing campaign for Juventus so far, as they sit eight in Serie A, are on the verge of being eliminated from the Champions League group stage, and Friday's visit of Empoli could throw another spanner in the works. 

The Old Lady are unbeaten in their last eight home league games, but it's worth noting four of those contests have ended in draws and they may struggle to get the maximum three points. 

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Empoli are on a two-game unbeaten run heading into the clash and they are unbeaten in their last four away fixtures, beating Bologna and drawing with Lecce, Salernitana and Torino. 

While a trip to the Allianz Stadium is a much tougher test, Paolo Zanetti's will be optimistic of getting a positive result and the double chance at 13/8 provides good value.

Top-four spot up for grabs in Mainz

What:Mainz v Cologne
Where:MEWA Arena, Mainz
When:19:30, Friday 21st October
How to watch:Sky Sports Mix and bet65's European Soccer Live Streaming
Odds:Mainz 6/5, Draw 12/5, Cologne 23/10

There is a real open feel about the Bundesliga this season, with just four points separating 12th-place Augsburg to Hoffenheim in fourth, and both Mainz and Cologne have the chance to move into the top four with a win on Friday. 

Mainz are on a three-game unbeaten run across all competitions and currently occupy 12th place - two points off fourth - while Cologne bounced back to winning ways last time out to climb to seventh and are just a point off the top four. 

These two teams have been entertaining to watch this season and it may prove prudent to look at over 2.5 goals landing in this encounter, priced at 4/5.

In the past six meetings, 2.5 goals have landed four times, while this same bet has come off in three of Mainz's last five Bundesliga matches and in all of Cologne's previous three league outings.

Ajaccio could be in for a pasting

What:AC Ajaccio v Paris Saint-Germain
Where:Stade Francois Coty, Ajaccio
When:20:00, Friday 21st October
How to watch:BT Sport 4 and bet65's European Soccer Live Streaming
Odds:AC Ajaccio 11/1, Draw 19/4, PSG 1/4

Relegation-threatened Ajaccio could see their goal difference take a hammering on Friday when they welcome table-toppers Paris Saint-Germain to Stade Francois Coty. 

Les Parisiens have plundered 29 Ligue 1 goals this season to sit top of the league standings and they also lead the scoring charts - six strikes clear of nearest challenger Rennes. 

Ajaccio have shown improvement of late, as they are unbeaten in two games, but they are yet to win at home this season and have lost their last four in their own backyard. 

Brazil international Neymar is PSG's leading scorer in the league this season with nine and he is 13/10 to find the back of the net anytime on Friday, while he is 4/1 to score the first or last goal of the game.

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