Liverpool v FC Porto: Champions League Betting Preview

Martin Green

Sunday, April 7, 2019 4:09 PM UTC

Sunday, Apr. 7, 2019 4:09 PM UTC

Read on for a form guide, team news and betting tips on Liverpool's Champions League game against Porto on Tuesday night.

<p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;iframe width=\"560\" height=\"315\" src=\"https://www.youtube.com/embed/X4GOuDTuhIg\" frameborder=\"0\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture\" allowfullscreen&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt;"}[/]</p><h2>Liverpool vs FC Porto</h2><p>Date: Tuesday, April 9, at 8pm<br />Venue: Anfield</p><h2>Form Guide</h2><p>Liverpool have put together an impressive five-game winning streak and they currently sit top of the Premier League. The Reds have banged in 14 goals in those five games and the highlight was a thumping 3-1 win away at Bayern Munich in the last round of this competition. Liverpool finished runners-up in this competition last season and they are bidding to go one better in 2019, while maintaining a Premier League title challenge too. They have won 14 and drawn two of their 16 home league games so far this season, so Anfield is a real fortress.</p><p>Porto prevailed in an epic last 16 clash with Roma and they gave a strong performance in extra-time to clinch the win in the second leg. Since then they have won four Primeira Liga games on the bounce and they have a narrow lead over Benfica at the top of the table. They have only conceded 17 goals in 28 league games so far this season, but they will have their work cut out for them against Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino on Tuesday night.</p><h2>Team News</h2><p>Liverpool have virtually a clean bill of health as we approach the business end of the season and that will delight manager Jurgen Klopp. Key defender Joe Gomez is on the brink of a return from a broken leg, but he will not be rushed back as Joel Matip is playing well. Klopp can choose between Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Naby Keita and Giorginio Wijnaldum in midfield, while Alisson, Virgil Van Dijk, the full-backs and the front three have nailed down their places in the side.</p><p>Porto have greater concerns, as experienced centre-back Pepe is suspended for the first leg of this quarter-final clash and they have just four fit defenders. Mexican midfielder Hector Herrera will also miss out, while star striker Vincent Aboubakar is a long-term absentee after suffering a cruciate ligament injury.</p><h2>Betting Tips</h2><p>Liverpool are streets ahead of Porto in terms of quality and they should be able to swat Sergio Conceicao’s team aside on Tuesday. They are superb at home, they have no injury concerns and they will be highly motivated for this game. <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/football/int/uefa-champions-league/liverpool-fc-vs-fc-porto-3750921/?mtgid=259&amp;mtid=160" title="Liverpool Halftime-Fulltime"><strong>Liverpool half-time full-time</strong></a> looks good at 10/11 (1.91) with Ladbrokes and <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/football/int/uefa-champions-league/liverpool-fc-vs-fc-porto-3750921/?mtgid=256&amp;mtid=82" title="Firmino anytime goalscorer"><strong>Firmino to score at any time</strong></a> looks great at 6/4 (2.50) as the classy Brazilian is due a goal.</p><p><strong>Related articles:</strong></p><ul> <li><a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tips/football/tottenham-v-man-city-champions-league-betting-preview/89751/" title="Tottenham vs Manchester City Predictions"><strong>Tottenham v Manchester City: Champions League Betting Preview</strong></a></li></ul>
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