FC Porto vs Liverpool Prediction, Preview, Lineups & Betting Tips
Liverpool keeps the rhythm after losing Philippe Coutinho and Jürgen Klopp’s men will be keen to deliver more of the same performance when “The Reds” are heading to Porto, where “Dragons” must deal with some selection issues before the Wednesday night clash.
Porto beat Leicester 5-0 in 2016 in last encounter with English side but “Dragons” are yet to win when facing Liverpool, having 2 draws and 2 defeats in previous 4 fixtures. Their first encounters came in the quarter-finals of Liverpool’s victorious 2000/01 UEFA Cup campaign – 0-0 in Portugal before first-half goals from Danny Murphy and Michael Owen secured a 2-0 second-leg, and aggregate, victory at “Anfield”.
The other matches came in the 2007/08 UEFA Champions League group phase. Dirk Kuyt’s 17th-minute goal earned Liverpool a 1-1 matchday one draw at Jesualdo Ferreira’s Porto, who had gone in front through Lucho Gonzalez’s eighth-minute penalty.
Second leg at “Anfield”, Liverpool won 4-1 after a brace by Fernando Torres and two more goals by Steven Gerrard and Peter Crouch, respectively, while Lisandro scored for Porto when the score was still 1-0. However, Porto and Liverpool both went through to the last 16, the Portuguese side winning the group.
Find out the possible starting lineups of FC Porto and Liverpool, as well as our betting prediction with the highest betting odds available on the selected market.
Central defender Felipe is set to miss out with a suspension, while Ivan Marcano is a doubt, although latest expectations are the Spaniard should be fit enough to start alongside Diego Reyes at the heart of Porto’s defensive quartet. Key defensive midfielder Danilo Pereira is still injured and won’t make a recover in time, but striker Vincent Aboubakar, who missed the weekend Primeira Liga round, should make it to the match squad.
Sergio Conceicao may start his side in a 4-4-2 formation, or he can even use a 4-2-3-1, if he decides to play Brahimi and top scorer Moussa Marega on both wings, while either Aboubakar or Tiquinho Soares lead Porto’s attack. Latter scored twice for the 4-0 win against Chaves on Sunday afternoon.
Matchday Update, 14.02.2018: Latest reports in Portugal suggest Ivan Marcano will be ready to start but Vincent Aboubakar will fail to recover in time, so Tiquinho Soares looks favourite to lead Porto’s attack in a 4-4-2 formation, alongside Moussa Marega.
Emre Can is suspended for Liverpool, with Jordan Henderson in line to replace the German in what could be Jurgen Klopp’s only rotation within the squad that started for the 2-0 victory in Southampton on Sunday.
Joe Gomez is a doubt for the Merseyside club, while Nathaniel Clyne is unlikely to feature as he steps up his recovery from a long-term injury.
Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren compete for a starting place next to winter signing Virgil van Dijk, whose presence looks out of question. The Dutchman has already achieved his first clean sheet for Liverpool, exactly against his former club, and is eager for more quality efforts.
All eyes will be over the attacking trio Mane, Salah, Firmino, as the last two were impressive for Liverpool’s success at Southampton.
Champions League: FC Porto vs Liverpool – Prediction and Betting Tips
This one seems to be a very balanced matchup and is tough to make a call, especially when Porto finds in a winning streak at home turf, winning the last 7 times and remaining unbeaten at “Do Dragão” since mid-September when “Dragons” lost 1-3 to Besiktas.
Liverpool are looking impressive and their “gegen pressing” can win them another important match. Furthermore, Porto will be without two key figures like Felipe and Danilo Pereira, and just imagine if Ivan Marcano fails to recover in time. Sergio Conceicao may have to name a brand new centre-back duo, playing for the first time, which can be worst possible scenario against the pace of Mane-Salah-Firmino.
Our betting experts recommend betting on Liverpool but for more safety we pick the Asian Handicap 0 (Draw No Bet) on the Merseyside club.
Possible Lineups of FC Porto and Liverpool
Venue: “Estádio do Dragão”, Porto.
Referee: Daniele Orsato from Italy.
FC Porto: Jose Sa – Ricardo Pereira, Diego Reyes, Ivan Marcano, Alex Telles – Jesús Manuel Corona, Hector Herrera, Sergio Oliveira, Yacine Brahimi – Moussa Marega, Tiquinho Soares. (4-4-2)
Missing players: Felipe is suspended, Danilo Pereira is out injured. Ivan Marcano, Andre Andre and Vincent Aboubakar are all questionable.
Liverpool FC: Loris Karius – Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip, Andrew Robertson – Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane. (4-3-3)
Missing players: Emre Can is suspended.