Liverpool welcome FC Porto at Anfield on Tuesday night, aiming to take control of their Champions League quarter-final tie. A comfortable win for the Reds? This post contains our Liverpool vs FC Porto betting preview with betting tips, predictions, starting lineups, team news, enhanced odds, bookie offers and no deposit free bets on the Champions League!
Liverpool are unbeaten in 11 home games in Champions League under Jurgen Klopp.
Liverpool head into this game unbeaten in 14 matches in all competitions, after they beat Southampton late on and moved two points clear at the top of the Premier League table last weekend (but Man City have one game in hand). The Reds have won 13 of 15 unbeaten fixtures at Anfield since late October, including victories over the likes of Napoli, Man Utd, Arsenal and Spurs. As to the Champions League, they lost all three away games but put that issue to bed with a highly-impressive 3-1 victory at Bayern Munich in the last round. The Reds ran out comfortable 5-0 aggregate winners over this same opposition in last season’s Champions League knockout stage.
Jordan Henderson and James Milner will almost certainly return to the starting XI after being initially rested last Friday. The former will replace either Fabinho or Naby Keita in midfield, the latter will start as left-back since Andrew Robertson is suspended. Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren are in contention to partner Virgil Van Dijk as centre back while Trent Alexander-Arnold will play as right back. No changes are expected up front, where Roberto Firmino, Sadio Manè and Mo Salah looks sure to start. Adam Lallana is struggling with a muscular injury.
FC Porto are unbeaten in six matches heading into Tuesday’s game at Anfield
Porto beat Boavista 2-0 on Friday night to put them level on points with Primeira Liga leaders Benfica. The Dragoes have been excellent in the Champions League this season as they beat Roma 4-3 after extra time in their last 16 tie, after topping and finishing unbeaten their group that featured Schalke, Galatasaray and Lokomotiv Moscow. As to direct encounters, Porto have scored only one goal in their three visits to Anfield. They have also never won in 18 previous trips to England, losing 15 times.
Sergio Conceicao may drop Yacine Brahimi again in order to be more defensively sound on the flanks. As a result, Moussa Marega and Tiquinho Soares should lead the line while Jesus Corona and Otavia should feature from the off as wingers. The likes of Danilo Pereira and Oliver Torres are likely to anchor the midfield, since Hector Herrera is suspended. At the back, Pepe’s suspension should see Diego Leite featuring from the off or Eder Militao moving into the heart of the defence. A hip injury ruled Alex Telles out at the weekend but the former Galatasaray left back should recover in time to play.
Our preditions: 3-0 Correct Score or Liverpool -1 Handicap