FC Porto v Liverpool Champions League betting preview and tips

21:00 Wed 17 Apr
Champions League
Tip: Porto +0.5
Units: 1/5
Odds: -120

Liverpool have made a big step towards the Champions League semi-finals after beating Porto 2-0 at Anfield, with the Reds having scored two first-half goals which are likely to prove decisive in their European Cup tie against the Portuguese champions.

However, Porto had several chances throughout the ninety minutes in Merseyside and were perhaps unfortunate not to be awarded a penalty when Trent Alexander-Arnold handled in the area.

They will now look to try and get their way back into the tie while being mindful that a Liverpool goal will leave them needing to score at least four times in front of their own supporters.

Porto tend to be mustard at home, winning twelve of their fourteen domestic matches in front of their own supporters, while they’re going toe-to-toe with Benfica at the top of the table and should be respected in this clash.

Liverpool will head south feeling fairly comfortable with their advantage and also safe in the knowledge that they now have a capacity to defend well against any team, even if goalkeeper Alisson provides a few nervy moments.

Dejan Lovren forms an impenetrable barrier alongside the imperious Virgil van Dijk, with Jurgen Klopp potentially continuing with Fabinho, Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita in midfield. The latter has come in from the cold to make a big impact for the Reds.

Ultimately, Liverpool’s aim will be to keep their opponents at arm’s length and we shouldn’t underestimate that they are competing hard domestically in order to win their first Premier League title since 1990.

After facing Chelsea on Sunday, it could be that Klopp gives certain players a breather and we can get with Porto on the Asian Handicap meaning that a draw or a home win will see us land a profit.

Porto +0.5 @ 1.83 with bet365

Team News

FC Porto: 4-3-3 (Confirmed Line-ups)
Liverpool: 4-3-3 (Confirmed Line-ups)
  • 01
    Iker Casillas
  • 13
    Alex Telles
  • 28
    Felipe Monteiro
  • 33
  • 03
    Éder Militão
  • 16
    Hector Herrera
  • 22
    Danilo Pereira
  • 25
  • 08
    Yacine Brahimi
  • 11
    Moussa Marega
  • 17
    Jesus Manuel Corona
  • 13
  • 66
    Trent Alexander-Arnold
  • 32
    Joel Matip
  • 04
    Virgil Van Dijk
  • 26
    Andrew Robertson
  • 05
    Georginio Wijnaldum
  • 03
  • 07
    James Milner
  • 11
    Mohamed Salah
  • 27
    Divock Origi
  • 10
    Sadio Mané