Sergio Conceicao and his men made things extremely difficult for themselves by not scoring in their defeat at Anfield last week Tuesday. They will now need to score at least three unreplied goals if they desire to overturn the two-goal deficit from the reverse fixture.
And Porto’s record against Liverpool doesn’t make for pleasant reading, with Jurgen Klopp’s men winning 5-0 on this ground when both outfits met in the round-of-16 of this competition last season.
However, with Reds on the verge of ending a 29-year title drought on the domestic front, the gaffer might see a need to rotate his squad in this game to ensure his players remain fresh and fit for the hurdles ahead, leaving the Dragoes to face a slightly weakened side from last week’s encounter.
Indeed, the home side have nothing to lose in this game as they will look to throw caution to the wind in search of goals. That’s why Bet365’s offer of (1.40) odds for Liverpool to concede here looks very profitable.
Before the Reds halted a very damning record away from home in this completion with the 3-1 win at Bayern Munich in the previous round, they had lost 2-0 in the group stage at lowly-rated Crvena Zvezda. Porto will look to draw confidence from that infamous Liverpool defeat as they hunt for victory at (3.80) odds with the same bookies.
Jurgen Klopp will take a draw in this one even as he might fancy resting some of his regulars for this clash.
A draw outcome at the end of 90 minutes goes at odds of (3.50).
Odds correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.