Liverpool v Porto Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
March 05, 2018
Anfield - Champions League
Liverpool host Porto in the first Champions League knockout round on Tuesday, after a stunning performance in the first leg. With such a commanding lead, the Anfield outfit are surely nailed on to progress.
Jurgen Klopp’s side put in a terrific performance three weeks ago at the Estadio do Dragao, with Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino all on target in a 5-0 mauling. The Portuguese side have never beaten the Reds in the five meetings between the clubs, with Liverpool winning three.
Apart from Rhian Brewster - who is out for the season with an ankle injury - the only players Klopp has concerns over heading into this game are Georginio Wijnaldum and Ben Woodburn. Both have been struggling with a virus and are likely to miss out given Liverpool’s emphatic lead in the tie.
For the visitors, Alex Telles and Francisco Soares are both doubts but are being monitored day to day. Goalkeeper Fabiano is on the way back from a cruciate injury, while Moussa Marega is out with a thigh problem and Hector Herrera is suspended.
Liverpool v Porto Preview and Predictions
After what happened in the first leg, there will be few people predicting a Porto win at Anfield, never mind what would be an incredible story if the Portuguese side were to progress. With that in mind, we could see some changes in the Liverpool lineup as the Reds prepare for the season climax.
Salah and Mane were the scorers against Newcastle at the weekend, with the former bagging for the seventh game in a row. The Egyptian has been sensational in his first season at Anfield, netting 32 goals already in the campaign. Klopp might want to keep him fresh as Liverpool go in search of second place in the Premier League, as well as glory in Europe.
Whether Salah starts or not, the Reds will start as favourites in this game, and are priced at 11/20 in the betting. Porto are 6/1 for the victory, or a massive 125/1 to qualify - which would mean Sergio Conceicao’s team scoring at least five goals. The demolition job that Liverpool handed out to Porto in the first leg was even more surprising considering the Dragons are five points clear at the top of the Portuguese Primeira Liga, with the draw available on Tuesday at 17/5.
Liverpool to win to nil at 29/16
After Porto failed to trouble the scoresheet in their own stadium, this looks like a decent way of getting some extra value out of the home win.
Porto to win 5-0 at 1,000/1
If Porto manage to pull off this result it’d be one of the biggest shocks in Champions League history, and the game would go to extra time and penalties.