Liverpool vs FC Porto / Champions League – Liverpool and Porto meet for the second season in a row in the Champions League, and again in the knockout phase, although last year they met in the round of 16. Liverpool had an upper hand then thanks to sound away victory since the match at Anfiled ended as goalless draw. Liverpool had more difficult job in the group phase this season, and stronger opponent in the round of 16. Both teams fight for title in their respective national championships, and they met six times altogether out of which Porto never won.
Liverpool vs FC Porto begins 09.04.2019 at 21:00 CET
Liverpool continues to fight at two fronts and now it is turn for the Champions League after they stabilise their form in the Premier League where they have four-game winning streak. In fact, Liverpool doesn’t lose in the English championship, it lost just once, to Manchester City, however, too many draws cost them lost of point advantage they had enjoyed over Manchester City. Liverpool is still the leader having two more points but they played one match more.
If we count victory over Bayern in the Champions League’s round of 16 it is five-game winning streak, in which the Red received at least one goal in each match. They won Fulham and Tottenham with a large dose of luck and plenty of problems by 2-1, while last Friday they won Southampton away by 3-1. There were again problems as they received the first goal quite early, and have resolved the match only in its finish. Robertson cannot play against Porto due to accrued yellow cards.
Probable lineups Liverpool: Alisson – Alexander-Arnold, van Dijk, J. Matip, Moreno – Wijnaldum, Henderson, Milner – M. Salah, R. Firmino, S. Mane
Reaching the quarter-finals of the Champions League is objectively a great success for Porto but because of that they can play now without much pressure. They didn’t have too difficult task in the group phase and they reached the round of 16 with five wins and one draw. Their next opponent was Roma, a tailor made opponent and Porto won after a great battle and extra time. They lost in Rome for the first time this season but they annulled the defeat at home. Porto has reached the final of Portuguese Cup after they eliminated Braga in the semi-finals.
They will fight with Sporting for the title in the Cup, while their biggest rival in the league is Benfica, team that was last to defeat them, which happened five rounds ago after which Porto won four matches in a row. Right now Porto has the same number of points like the team from Lisbon. Last Friday they routinely defeated city rival Boavista 2-0 thanks to goals scored at the end of first and beginning of second half. Great problem for Porto is that Pepe and Herrera cannot play due to accumulated yellow cards, while Aboubakar is still injured.
Probable lineups FC Porto: Casillas – M. Pereira, Militao, Felipe, Manafa – D. Pereira, N'Diaye – Otavio, Brahimi – Soares, Marega
Liverpool vs FC Porto PICK
Liverpool is a favourite to win this quarter-final match, especially the first leg which will be played at Anfield. Porto can be tough opponent but its two key players are out of action, so we forecast a sound victory of the home team.
Pick: Asian handicap -1.5 Liverpool
Odds: 1.90 at bethard (down to 1.80 can be played)
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