After Liverpool comprehensively beat Porto last time out at Anfield, the visitors will be looking to kill this tie off early on. With their potent attack firing on all cylinders, can Porto stop the triple threat of Mane, Firmino and Salah?
The match at Anfield finished with quite a convincing 2-0 victory for Liverpool, but that doesn’t tell the full story. The match was full of chances for both teams, with both Porto & Liverpool both not firing on all cylinders. In the first leg, over 2.5 goals (1.66) looked a fantastic price and with the amount of chances for either team, it really should have landed with ease.
Looking at their most recent visit to the Estadio do Dragao, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool completely dismantled Porto 5-0 away from home last season at this exact stage in the competition. Liverpool will be on a high after turning over a tough Chelsea side 2-0 this weekend at Anfield, my only worry is that Jurgen Klopp will have one eye on the league as their extremely tight title race with Man City continues. Although, Liverpool only have to visit Cardiff City on the weekend and with current form and situation, you’d expect them to walk over the Welsh outfit.
The Portuguese outfit will be boosted by the returns of both Pepe and Hector Herrera, as they both return after missing the first leg through suspension. The return of Pepe will allow Porto to revert back to a more familiar back four, as Eder Militao has the ability to move across from centre back to right back to accommodate Pepe’s return. Unfortunately for Porto, one of their biggest attacking threats Vincent Aboubakar is still not likely to feature, as he hasn’t returned to full training following six months out injured.
Liverpool will line up fairly similar to the first leg, their only changes look to come in the form of captain Jordan Henderson missing through injury and Andy Robertson returning. The Liverpool captain has been in incredible form in the last couple of weeks, but after sustaining an ankle injury which caused him to come off late into the second half vs Chelsea. As I said previously, the return of Andy Robertson is a massive boost, the Scotsman has been in incredible form this season, not only in his defensive duties but also his capabilities going forward. With Andy Robertson returning, it means that make-shift left back from the first leg James Milner can fill the void left by injured captain Jordan Henderson.
As I said earlier, both teams squandered a lot of chances in the first leg and I’m expecting plenty more chances this time round. You can get over 2.5 goals (1.91), with Porto having no choice but to go for it tonight, that’s obviously going to leave gaps at the back for the likes of Mane, Firmino and Salah to exploit. The former of the three has been in scintillating for in 2019 and I’m expecting that to continue, Sadio Mane to score anytime (2.87) looks a great price, especially after his heroics in Munich in the last 16.
Both teams to score (1.75) in a very open match looks incredible, Liverpool don’t travel well in Europe, with just 1 win & 3 defeats this season. With this in mind, I definitely think that Porto will find the scoresheet and as I said previously, the potential counter-attacking style from Liverpool will be very tough for Porto to stop.
Sadio Mane to score anytime @ 2.87
Both Teams to Score @ 1.75
Hector Herrera to be Carded @ 3.75