Liverpool have a 2-0 lead to defend as they travel to Portugal for the second leg of their Uefa Champions League quarter final with Porto on Wednesday night.
Note, odds quoted are correct at the time of writing but are subject to change.
Porto made a poor start to the first leg, conceding after just 5 minutes and they were 2-0 down inside half an hour but there was no further damage thereafter. Chances for an away goal did come their way but Porto now have a mountain to climb to turn this tie around.
Porto did come from behind to knock out Roma in the previous round. They lost the first leg 2-1 in Rome but that away goal left the tie in the balance. The second leg went to extra time and Porto sealed it with a penalty kick just 3 minutes from the end.
Porto came through the group stage with 1 draw and 5 wins, and in their home games they beat Galatasaray (1-0), Lokomotiv Moscow (4-1) and Schalke (3-1).
Porto are duking it out with Benfica in Portugal’s title race. At the time of writing they were in second spot but only due to an inferior goal difference and they have won 12 and lost 2 of their 14 home games, scoring 34 goals and conceding just8.
Keita and Firmino were Liverpool’s goalscorers in the first leg as they continue their bid to go one better than the runners up spot last season.
Liverpool came through a last 16 meeting with Bayern Munich with a 3-1 aggregate win with all the goals coming in the second leg in Munich. That was probably Liverpool’s best display in this competition this season, particularly as they had lost all 3 of their away fixtures in the group stage, at Napoli (1-0), Red Star (2-0) and PSG (2-1).
After a 2-0 win at home to Chelsea on Sunday Liverpool still hold a 2 point lead over Manchester City in the Premier League title race although City have a game in hand. Klopp’s team have lost just 1 league game this season (2-1 away at City on 3rd January). They have won 11 and drawn 5 of their other road trips, scoring 29 goals and conceding 10.
2nd Leg Selected Betting Markets
Top Scorers (UCL Only)
Moussa Marega has scored 6 goals in this season’s Champions League for Porto and Jesús Manuel Corona has scored 3
Salah, Firmino and Mane have all scored 3 goals for Liverpool in this competition
Recent Head to Head
Aside from last week’s first leg, the teams met in the Round of 16 last season and Liverpool put the tie to bed with a 5-0 first leg win in Porto. The return at Anfield was low key and finished without a goal.
Despite being unable to find an away goal last week Porto’s record in this competition this season suggests they are capable of contributing to the scoring here. If Liverpool score first then it really should put the tie to bed but I’ll work on the principle that Porto will be chasing the game at some stage and both sides will register at least once.
Bet: Both teams to score? (yes) at 8/11
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