English Premier League leader Liverpool looks to continue a potentially historic season as the Reds host FC Porto in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal on Tuesday. The second leg is next week in Portugal, with the winner facing either Manchester United or Barcelona in the semifinals. MyBookie Sportsbook oddsmakers expect that to be Liverpool, the soccer betting favorite for this one.
Liverpool vs Porto UEFA Champions League Betting Lines & Prediction
“I hope we are prepared, we tried everything to be as well prepared as possible.”Klopp insists #LFC‘s 5-0 aggregate victory over @FCPorto last season will have no bearing on their rematch in the @ChampionsLeague quarter-finals… https://t.co/R7Qxiwr2e3 — Liverpool FC (@LFC) 8 de abril de 2019
- When: Tuesday, 3 PM ET
- Where: Anfield, Liverpool, England
- TV: Univision
- Live Stream: B/R Live
- UCL Odds: Liverpool -398 / FC Porto +884 / Draw +444 (Total 3)
Why Bet on Liverpool?
Liverpool beat Bayern Munich in the Round of 16. The Reds last took the pitch on Friday in the Premier League and beat Southampton 3-1. Down 1-0, Liverpool tied it on 36 minutes when Naby Keita scored his first goal for the club, powering a back-post header from a Trent Alexander-Arnold cross into the back of the net.
In the second half, Mohamed Salah scored the eventual winner. The goal was sweet relief for Salah who was on a run of eight games without scoring in all competitions and made him the fastest Liverpool player to hit 50 in the Premier League in just 69 appearances. Salah is the eighth Liverpool player to score 50 Premier League goals, but his half-century arrived in only those 69 games, three fewer than Fernando Torres, the previous quickest to the mark. With 18 league goals, Salah is one behind Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero in his bid to retain the Golden Boot for top scorer in the league.
Perhaps the only criticism of Jurgen Klopp has been his inability to use his substitutes to change the course of a game that isn’t going well. That wasn’t the case Friday, as the introduction of Jordan Henderson and James Milner gave Liverpool a huge boost. Henderson had the third goal Friday.
It’s the second year in a row that Liverpool faces FC Porto in the Champions League. The Reds were 5-0 aggregate winners in last season’s round of 16, all the goals coming in the first leg in Portugal. Sadio Mane had a hat trick. Porto was able to have a goalless draw at Anfield but have still never beaten Liverpool in six previous attempts.
Liverpool had won five successive home Champions League fixtures, beating Paris Saint-Germain (3-2), Crvena Zvezda(4-0) and, decisively, Napoli (1-0) in this season’s group stage, before drawing 0-0 against Bayern in the round of 16 first leg. They are unbeaten in 20 European home matches (W14 D6), since a 3-0 loss to Real Madrid on 22 October 2014.
- 32-J. Matip
- 4-V. van Dijk
- 26-A. Robertson
- 66-T. Alexander-Arnold
- 7-J. Milner
- 5-G. Wijnaldum
- 14-J. Henderson
- 9-Roberto Firmino
- 11-Mohamed Salah
- 10-S. Mané
Why Bet on FC Porto?
FC Porto, tied for first in the Portuguese Liga, advanced by beating Italian side AS Roma by an aggregate score of 4-3. In the second leg, Porto converted a penalty awarded following a VAR review three minutes from the end of extra time to beat AS Roma 3-1.
Fernando went down as he tried to meet Maxi Pereira’s low shot across the face of the goal and, after studying the pitchside monitor, the referee judged that his shirt had been tugged by Alessandro Florenzi. Alex Telles converted the spot-kick to give Porto the 4-3 aggregate win. Moussa Marega scored in his sixth consecutive Champions League match in the second leg against Roma.
However, Porto defender Pepe will miss this match against Liverpool through suspension after being booked following a clash with Edin Dzeko.
Porto is seeking a first Champions League semi-final appearance since 2003-04 when they lifted the trophy under José Mourinho. Their only two victories in seven previous quarterfinal appearances came in the seasons when they were crowned European champions.
Porto’s record in two-legged ties with English clubs is W3 L8. They have lost the last five and have not beaten English opposition in a knockout tie since Mourinho’s side eliminated Manchester United in the 2003/04 UEFA Champions League round of 16 (2-1 home, 1-1 away).
Last season’s draw at Liverpool ended a five-game losing streak in away games against Premier League sides; Porto have not scored on their last six visits to England, conceding 13 goals, and have never won there. Porto were unbeaten in five Champions League away games (W2 D3) before a 2-1 loss at Roma in the round of 16 first leg.
The Dragons have lost only once in Europe since last season’s first-leg defeat by Liverpool (W6 D2). They had won five in a row, setting a new club record for successive wins and eclipsing their previous best set in the 1996/97 group stage, before losing at Roma. Porto’s tally of 16 points was the highest of any club in this season’s group stage.
- 13-Alex Telles
- 3-Éder Militão
- 16-H. Herrera
- 22-Danilo Pereira
- 17-J. Corona
- 11-M. Marega
Expert Final Score Prediction for Liverpool vs Porto
Liverpool 1 – FC Porto 0