Liverpool v Porto Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Champions League Liverpool v Porto

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Monday, April 8, 2019


Anfield

Punter's Pick

Despite the number of eye catching and surprising results in the previous round, do not expect a rampant home side to let off an understaffed opposition lightly. Liverpool look good value to lead at HT/FT at 5/6 with Bet365. Sadio Mane tormented the visitors in last season’s knockout stages, and his pace and trickery could devastate the opposition again – back him at 5/4 to score anytime, again with Bet365.

Premier League leaders Liverpool take on Portuguese giants FC Porto in a rerun of their Champions League knockout clash of last season.

Anfield set for another magical night?

Under manager Jurgen Klopp, Anfield has come somewhat of a fortress, with Liverpool looking primed to finish the 2018/19 season undefeated in the Premier League at home. In Europe few venues across the continent can be as intimidating to opponents or as inspiring to the home side as Anfield, with the Reds enjoying some memorable moments in recent seasons under the charismatic German. A 4-3 win from 3-1 against Borussia Dortmund, a 3-0 demolition of Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City and a Mo Salah inspired 5-2 rout of AS Roma are just of the recent glory nights enjoyed on Merseyside.

Bizarrely FC Porto are one of few teams in recent seasons to come away with a credible result from Anfield – a low key 0-0 result in the last campaign at least restored some pride for the away side after they were blown away 5-0 at home by a Sadio Mane inspired hat-trick. They will be braced for a hotter reception this time round and will be positively thrilled if they can escape with a similar scoreline.

Visitors locked in fight to retain their title

Seeking their 29th domestic title, FC Porto are facing a real battle to hang onto their crown with bitter rivals Benfica currently leading them on goal difference at the top of the Portuguese Primeira Liga. Not too dissimilar to Liverpool and Manchester City’s battle for the Premier League title, Benfica and FC Porto have been a cut above the rest, with third placed Sporting Lisbon a distant eight points behind in third place.

The visitors come into this fixture on the back of four successive wins, which has cranked up the pressure on league leaders Benfica. Impressively FC Porto have also only conceded seventeen goals in 28 games in the league so far this season.

Team News

The big headache for Jurgen Klopp will be who will replace Andy Robertson at left-back, with the Scottish dynamo needlessly picking up a second yellow card of the competition in the dying stages against Bayern Munich in the previous round. James Milner could slot in at left back after coming on as a right back on Friday against Southampton, or Klopp could go for the talented but error prone and almost forgotten Spanish left back Alberto Moreno.

Elsewhere Adam Lallana is struggling again with a muscle injury, whilst Dutchman Georginio Wijnaldum should be fit despite coming off against Southampton with a back complaint. Joe Gomez is also nearing a return but may not be risked unless absolutely necessary.

Porto are struggling through a raft of injuries and suspensions and could be down to just sixteen available players. Definitely missing will be veteran defender Pepe and captain Hector Herrera, who are both suspended. Highly sought after left-back Alex Telles is also struggling with injury, and his potential loss could leave Porto severely exposed down their right hand side against the rampaging Trent Alexander-Arnold and Mo Salah on likely duty for the home side.

Nothing in the form book or history to suggest a shock

Porto have failed to win any of their last twelve Champions League knockout games, Liverpool have not lost to Porto in six previous European clashes, so everything points towards to a routine home victory. The away side’s hopes rest largely with striker Moussa Marega, who despite a quiet time domestically has remarkably scored in six successive Champions League games this season. An unlikely strike at Anfield will draw him level with Edinson Cavani, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Cristiano Ronaldo, all of whom managed to score in seven straight games. Realistically it promises to be a long night for Marega and his teammates as their injury and suspension hit squad faces up to one of the most intimidating atmospheres in Europe.

Punter's Pick

Despite the number of eye catching and surprising results in the previous round, do not expect a rampant home side to let off an understaffed opposition lightly. Liverpool look good value to lead at HT/FT at 5/6 with Bet365. Sadio Mane tormented the visitors in last season’s knockout stages, and his pace and trickery could devastate the opposition again – back him at 5/4 to score anytime, again with Bet365.

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