Liverpool vs FC Porto
UEFA Champions League
Date: Tuesday, 9th April 2019
Kick-off at 20.00 UK/ 21.00 CET
Venue: Anfield (Liverpool).
Porto is locked in with Benfica to a race to lift the league title. The former, though, has the added but desirable responsibility of dealing with the Champions League as well. Just six games remain in the Primeira Liga, and both these teams have posted the same 69 points on the board, while Benfica enjoys a far better goal difference.
Being on the road against Liverpool, for the first leg of their last-eight tie in Europe’s premier competition might be considered a disadvantage by many, but the comeback that Porto made against Roma, in their second leg at home, in the Round of 16 will definitely buoy their hopes.
Liverpool is in a precarious position. Of the League title and the Champions League, they last enjoyed success in the latter. After the days of Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard’s infamous slip, they have finally found an opportunity to make it big domestically. Surely, the Reds will not take this chance lightly.
Let’s be honest. Every team in the draw for the CL Quarters wanted Porto as their opponent. The Reds were the lucky winner, and considering the headache given by Pep’s City, they would be more than happy to deal with Porto.
Liverpool vs FC Porto Head-to-head (h2h)
- Liverpool holds a 100% unbeaten record against this opponent.
- Every single time these two came against each other in Europe, Liverpool managed to progress.
- Only once has Liverpool conceded a goal against Porto, at home.
- Last season, both locked horns in the Round of 16 of this competition, and then Liverpool recorded a huge 0-5 win in the first leg itself.
Liverpool vs FC Porto Prediction
Liverpool will want to take full advantage of their home leg, and try and finish things off at Anfield itself.
With the race for the league title becoming more intense, it’d give them more time to concentrate domestically, the glory of which, has eluded them nearly for three decades.
Last season too, Liverpool employed the same tactic against Porto and cast off any doubt regarding about who might progress, in the first ninety minutes itself. Jurgen Klopp’s men put five unanswered goals then and that too on the road.
Moreover, Liverpool is a major title contender in probably the best and most competitive league in the world, while Porto plies their trade in a comparatively second-tier tournament.
In addition, Liverpool holds a 100% unbeaten record against them and has gone past the team every single time they took on each other in Europe.
With Sadio Mane in stellar form, Mohammed Salah showing glimpses of his genius, and their ability to grind out favorable results even in the dying minutes, expect the Reds to put at least two goals this week.
Going on, the inspirational Virgil Van Dijk, and the Brazilian in-form keeper, Allison Becker, will at no cost, allow Liverpool to concede an away goal, which will put their whole European dream in jeopardy.
Liverpool vs FC Porto Betting Tips
Over 1.5 Team Goals by Liverpool @ 1.40 (2/5)
Liverpool to Keep a Clean Sheet @ 1.83 (5/6).