Liverpool will host Porto at Anfield on Tuesday in the Champions League quarter-final encounter. These two sides met in the Round of 16 last season when the Reds romped to a 5-0 victory. Liverpool are the favorites this time around as well.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are in a tight title race, as they lead Manchester City by two points at the top of the Premier League. City have a game in hand, but the battle looks to go down to the wire. Liverpool won 3-1 against Southampton on Friday, which was a massive win in terms of morale. They came back from a deficit to defeat the Saints, and the players and fans alike acknowledged the importance of the result.
Liverpool reached the Champions League final last season, beating Porto on the way. They met in the Round of 16, and a 5-0 win in the first leg was enough to decide the tie. Bayern Munich were Liverpool’s opponents in the Round of 16 this season, and the Germans were defeated 3-1 in Munich in impressive fashion. Klopp has two things on his plate this season, and he has balanced both of them well until now.
Porto manager Sergio Conceicao is in a similar boat, as his side is also in a close title race. They trail leaders Benfica on just goal difference. Porto have won their last four league games, which included a 2-0 win over Boavista on Saturday. But this tie will take precedence for the time being, as Porto look to reach the last four for the first time since 2004.
They won it all that season under Jose Mourinho, and even reaching the semi-finals will be a considerable achievement for Conceicao. But their record against English opposition doesn’t show promise. They have lost five of their last eight two-legged ties against Premier League outfits. Porto have also failed to win any of their previous 12 knockout Champions League away games. Their last such win was in that 2003-04 campaign.
Porto defeated Roma in the Round of 16, and in dramatic circumstances. They overturned a first-leg deficit and won in extra-time courtesy of a penalty awarded by VAR. Liverpool are a tougher ask, but they can undoubtedly improve on last season’s meeting.
Andy Robertson will be a key miss for Klopp, as the left-back is suspended after picking up a yellow card against Bayern. One of Alberto Moreno or James Milner should deputize for the Scot. Porto also have problems in defence. Alex Telles is recovering from an injury, and centre-back Pepe is suspended.
Liverpool vs Porto Betting Tips:
Liverpool’s head to head record against Porto is strong, and they have not lost in their last six matches. Both sides are in good form, but Liverpool will be the favorites due to their home advantage. Klopp’s side should clinch the first leg, just like they did last season. Expect the match to have over 2.5 goals, and Liverpool’s attacking trio should get some joy on the night.
Total Goals: Over 2.5 @ 1.65 at Pinnacle Sports
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