The Champions League is back this week with the Round of 16 ties and one of the most intriguing of the first leg matches sees Liverpool travel to Portugal to take on Porto. Porto finished second in their Champions League group, 4 points behind Besiktas. This was always going to be a difficult group to call and the Portuguese did well to finish above RB Leipzig and Monaco. Liverpool were tipped to finish top of their group, which contained Sevilla, Spartak Moscow and Maribor. Despite a little scare at the start of the group, Liverpool finished in first place, 3 points clear of second place Sevilla.
Porto come into this match in good form and have won their last 3 games in all competitions. There have been wins in the Primeira Liga, including a good win at home over Braga and a win in the cup against Sporting Lisbon. The last time Porto lost a match was in the Champions League and came at RB Leipzig on the 17th of October. They did lose out in the Portuguese League Cup to Sporting Lisbon on penalties but the match finished 0-0. At home, Porto have won 13 and drawn 2 of their last 15 matches and have won each of their last 8 games. They have scored 3 or more goals in 6 of those 8 matches.
Liverpool make the trip to the Estadio Do Dragao having recorded a comfortable 2-0 win at Southampton in the Premier League on the weekend. That result means Liverpool have come back into some decent form following their defeats to Swansea City and West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League and FA Cup respectively. In addition to the win at Southampton, Liverpool have defeated Huddersfield away and been held by Tottenham Hotspur at home, both in the Premier League. Liverpool have lost only one of their last 9 away matches in all competitions, which was the defeat at Swansea and are unbeaten on the road in the Champions League this season. There have been wins at Hoffenheim and Maribor plus draws at Spartak Moscow and Sevilla. Liverpool have scored in each of their 4 away Champions League games this season.
Porto will be without the suspended Felipe in defence and will be hoping Ivan Marcano is fit or they could be short at the back. Vincent Aboubakar, Danilo Pereira and Andre Andre are all struggling but will hope to take some part in the match. Liverpool have Emre Can unavailable due to suspension, so Jordan Henderson should start in midfield. This is the only change expected by Jurgen Klopp from the team which defeated Southampton on Sunday.
Top Betting Tip
Porto have been scoring plenty of goals at home in recent games and Liverpool like to play attacking football, so it would be a surprise if we didn’t see goals in this match. Over 2.5 goals is 7/10 with William Hill. If Porto can get their injured players back, they could make this match difficult for Liverpool and while they may not win the match, a draw will see them travel to Anfield with hope. The draw and both teams to score is 16/5 with Ladbrokes. Roberto Firmino has scored 3 in his last four games for Liverpool and 6 in the Champions League this season. Firmino to score any time is 7/4 with Ladbrokes.