With only 16 outfield players to choose from on Tuesday night, Porto travel to Anfield hoping to grab an all-important away goal in their Champions League quart-final first leg tie with Liverpool. The Reds have never lost to Porto in six previous meetings in European competition. Will they keep that record intact?
Liverpool vs Porto – Champions League Quarter-Final 18/19
Where to Watch
Date: 09 April 2019
Kick Off Time: 20:00 BST
Referee in Charge: Antonio Mateu Lahoz from Spain
TV Channel / Live Stream: You can watch the match live on BT Sport 3. Live streaming is also available on the BT Sport app on your mobile or tablet device if you’re on the go during the game.
Liverpool vs Porto – Form Guide
Liverpool are on fire at the moment. They’ve won their last five games in all competitions and they’ve not suffered a defeat home or away since the start of the year. One slight worry for Klopp’s side is that they’ve failed to clean sheet in any of their last five wins. An away goal on Tuesday could be catastrophic.
You have to go way back to September last year to find the last time the Reds lost at Anfield, and they’ve never lost to Porto in European competition. The signs look good ahead of this one.
Porto are in pretty decent form themselves. They’ve won four and drawn one of their five games since a scintillating extra time win over Roma in the previous round. The Portuguese side have kept just one away clean sheet in the Champions League since September 2017. That clean sheet? Anfield last year.
Team News and Predicted Line-ups
Andrew Robertson misses out on Tuesday night as he’s suspended. James Milner could well get the nod to replace him at left-back. Adam Lallana also looks to be losing his race to be fit as he still has a muscle complaint. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Gomez still have a little way to go before their back to full fitness.
As for Porto, Alex Telles faces a late fitness test. He missed the weekend’s win over Boavista through injury. Pepe and Hector Herrera won’t feature as they’re both suspended.
Liverpool Predicted XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Matip, Milner, Fabinho, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Salah, Mane, Firmino.
FC Porto Predicted XI: Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Militao, Felipe, Alex Telles, Danilo, Oliver, Corona, Marega, Tiquinho, Otavia.
Latest Match Odds
Liverpool are heavy favourites to win on Tuesday with the bookmaker at odds of 1/4. Porto have been priced up at 10/1, with the draw a generous 5/1.
2-0. Liverpool proved their worth against Porto last season with a fine display in Portugal without conceding a goal in either leg. I think they can follow that up with another clean sheet here. The away goal is always huge at this stage of the season, and I think Liverpool will keep Porto at bay. The Reds should take a decent lead to Porto on the 17th.
Seeing as I feel Liverpool will get the win without conceding, it makes sense to go for them to win to nil. The odds are 11/10 which is pretty generous considering their odds in the match result market. Porto will undoubtedly have a couple of chances, but I predict Alisson, Van Dijk and co will hold firm.
Match Stats & Facts
- Liverpool have never lost to Porto in Europe.
- The Reds have progressed in four of their last five quarter-final appearances in the Champions League.
- Liverpool are the only side left in the competition not to have scored a goal from outside the box.
- Sadio Mane has scored 69% of his Champions League goals in the knockout stages of the competition (9/13).
- Porto striker Moussa Marega is aiming to become just the fourth different player in Champions League history to score in seven successive matches.