Champions League (Round of 16) betting tips Liverpool – FC Porto prediction.
Match Date: March 6, 2018
Kick off: 20:45
Pick: Under 3.5 Goals
Match Result: 0:0 WIN!!!
|Two of Europe’s top-scoring teams meet, with FC Porto (115 goals) travelling to face Liverpool (113) at Anfield.|
|Scraping through Group G in second (W3, D1, L2), many expected a tightly-contested first-leg at Estadio do Dragao. Porto top the Primeira Liga with a +55 goal difference from a 25-game unbeaten run – and with a 5-2 European win against Monaco in the group stages – Porto aren’t accustomed to shipping five goals to nil!|
|Liverpool’s form sees them second in the Premiership, and Group E winners with a +17 goal difference (W3, D3). The Reds’ squad have few injuries and the addition of Virgil Van Dijk, looks to have strengthened their backline. Still susceptible to the occasional blip however, the Anfield faithful are more than respectful of European comebacks.|
|Porto may throw caution to the wind, which could play into Liverpool’s hands. However, the Dragons (POR) have scored five or more in seven fixtures in all competitions this season – and with seven of their ten dead-ball goals coming from corners, the Reds’ set-piece defending needs to be tight.|
|First-leg discounted, the teams have met four times – with two wins for Liverpool, and two draws. Will Liverpool add to that record with another high-scoring showing?|
|Key players: Liverpool’s goal scorers are on-form and Jurgen Klopp isn’t, “thinking for a second about resting anybody” – Mane, Salah and Firmino will then look to add to their 21 European goals – however, Adam Lallana may return to action.|
|Porto’s Vincent Aboubakar has five European goals and 15 league goals – however, Tiquinho Soares has scored five times since the first-leg defeat to Liverpool.|
|Stat attack: German Referee Felix Zwayer has handed out 102 yellows, six combined reds, and awarded 12 penalties in all competitions this season.|
|Porto score an average of 2.72 goals every game, whereas LFC score an average of 2.31 goals every game.|
|Porto have 15 losses in 17 attempts in England – overall, Liverpool have nine wins, two draws and one loss against Portuguese teams.|