Liverpool take a 2-0 first-leg lead to Portugal on Wednesday night (April 17), where Porto will be looking to stage a comeback at the Estádio do Dragão. The match kicks-off at 8 p.m. and is being shown live on BT Sport.
Domestically, both teams have much in common, as both are second-favourites to win their league titles. Porto are level on points with Benfica but have a vastly inferior goal difference, whilst Liverpool are also hoping that Manchester City drop points over the last few remaining games.
That’s why this tie is so important to both clubs, as exiting from the Champions League could leave both teams with little to show for so much hard work.
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Porto come into this match having won six of their last seven home matches, with their sole defeat in that run coming at the hands of Benfica, a result which could cost them the league title.
However, they have won all four of their home matches in this season’s Champions League, beating Galatasaray 1-0, Lokomotiv Moskova 4-1, Schalke 3-1, and Roma 2-1 (3-1 after extra-time).
They’ve also scored in eight of their nine Champions League games this season, with Liverpool’s clean sheet in the first-leg their only failure to find the net.
Liverpool’s domestic away form has been anything but impressive of late, with both Everton and Manchester United stifling them in 0-0 draws, whilst more recently they’ve conceded in victories against Fulham and Southampton.
Their away from in the Champions League has also been patchy, with away defeats against Napoli, Crvena Zvezda, and Paris St Germain. However, when the going got tough the tough got going. They overcame a disappointing 0-0 draw at Anfield to beat Bayern Munich 3-1 in Germany.
Porto vs Liverpool Champions League Head-To-Heads
The two sides first met in the Champions League in the group stage in 2007, with Porto holding Liverpool to a 1-1 draw at home before Liverpool beat them 4-1 at Anfield.
They also met at the quarter-final stage last season, with Porto did manage a 0-0 draw at Anfield but only after they had lost 5-0 at home in the first leg.
Porto vs Liverpool Team News
Liverpool have no reported new injury worries as, though Jordan Henderson left the field with a knock in Sunday’s match with Chelsea, Jurgen Klopp is confident his captain will be fit for duty.
Porto also have no new injury worries but will welcome the return of Hector Herrera and Pepe, who were both suspended from the first leg.
Porto vs Liverpool Verdict
Porto have impressed at times in this season’s Champions League, especially in winning all four of their home matches. Meanwhile, Liverpool lost all three of their group matches on their travels yet stamped their class on the competition by beating Bayern Munich 3-1 in Germany.
It’s that class that could prove the difference here, as Porto’s toughest opponents so far have been Roma, who are currently only fifth in Serie A.
As Porto trail 2-0, Liverpool will be prepared to soak up pressure from the Portuguese side that look sure to try and score from the off. That could easily play into Liverpool’s hands and Jurgen Klopp knows that just one away goal would leave Porto with a mountain to climb. Equally, Klopp would be happy to see this end 0-0. Interestingly, only one team has scored in their last three encounters and it could be worth backing no in the both teams to score market at a shade of odds-against.
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