Porto v Liverpool Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 17/04/19

Porto v Liverpool Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

Josh Waudby (@Josh_Waudby) previews Porto v Liverpool and provides us with his best bets for the second leg by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.

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Porto v Liverpool Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

  • Date: 17/04/2019
  • Time: 20:00
  • Venue: Estádio do Dragão
  • Channel: BT Sport 1

After the first leg finished 2-0 to the Red Devils this tie is far from over. Despite not managing to pick up an away goal Porto did have chances to score, and should they put in a strong home performance they may rue those misses as away goals are crucial. It’s well known that Porto are a very strong side at their base, and they have the players that can cause Liverpool the problems. The tie is poised nicely, if Porto can pick up an early goal the game opens up completely, however the reverse can be said for Liverpool, if they pick up an early goal the game is all but done as it would need Porto to rack up 4 goals.

Porto have never beaten the red devils in the competition, so history is not in their favour. Liverpool also come into the game having won their last 3 away games on the bounce. The winner of this game will play the winner of Barcelona v United, which looks poised in Barca’s favour. Porto also sit neck and neck in their domestic League, only behind Benfica on goal difference so regardless of their result here they will have a tense ending to the season.

Liverpool are looking to improve on last season’s final defeat against Madrid, which was majorly hampered after Karius’ blunder allowed Madrid to go ahead with the easiest of finishes. Liverpool also overcame Bayern Munich away in the last leg and put 3 goals past the Germans on their own turf, so Porto know exactly how difficult the task ahead can be. Veteran Casillas will be looking to add another Champions League to his cabinet with his new club in what looks to be the closing few years of his remarkable career.

Team News

Porto are missing striker Vincent Aboubakar, however his absence has not been missed due to the fine form of Soares and Marega. Corona is also a doubt at the Mexican is overcoming an ankle injury.

Lallana is the only injury here for Liverpool as they find themselves in a fortunate position for this stage of the competition.

Potential Porto Starting XI: Casillas, Pereira ,Felipe, Militao, Telles, Pereira, Torres, Brahimi, Otavio, Soares, Marega

Potential Liverpool Starting XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Gomez, Robertson, Fabinho, Milner, Wijnaldum, Salah, Mane, Firmino

Head To Head

  • The first leg between the pair finished 2-0 in favour of Liverpool.
  • Liverpool have won 4 and drawn 3 of their 7 meetings with Porto.

Key Stats & Facts

  • Porto have lost all 5 of their last two-legged ties against English clubs.
  • Porto have also never beaten Liverpool in 7 attempts.

Betting Odds

  • Porto 3/1
  • Draw 12/5
  • Liverpool 11/10

The Verdict

I can see a cagey affair here, with Liverpool keen to shut Porto out. However they won’t be in any rush of their own to score with a two goal lead. Liverpool had a similar game at the weekend against Chelsea when the deadlock was eventually broken 6 minutes into the second half. The first half will be spent with Porto trying to break down their defence but they have shown on multiple occasions they are capable of withstanding even the best.

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