Liverpool v FC Porto betting tips: Can Reds seize first leg advantage?

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It’s crunch time in the Champions League, and only eight teams remain in the competition, where last year’s runners-up Liverpool host Porto in the first leg at Anfield.

The Portuguese side overcame a tough battle against Roma in the Round of 16, with Liverpool knocking out one of the favourites for the competition in Bayern Munich.

Liverpool beat Porto 5-0 in the round of 16 last season on their way to the final, a result Porto boss Sergio Conceicao will be hoping to avenge.

Who will gain the upper hand in the first leg? We’ve got odds and preview ahead of tonight’s clash at Anfield…

Match Odds

Liverpool have home advantage for the first leg, and come into it as favourites. They’re odds on to pick up the win at 2/7.

Porto have won two of their four games on the road in the Champions League this term, and have a squad capable of springing a surprise. They’re 11/1 to notch a famous Anfield win.

The pair played out a 0-0 draw at Anfield last season, after Liverpool got the job done in Porto. A draw in this one is 9/2, with the 0-0 coming in at 14/1.

Talking Tactics

With Liverpool being in a Premier League title race too, and games coming thick and fast, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has some tough decisions to make.

They’ll be without first-choice left-back Andy Robertson through suspension, with James Milner expected to fill the role.

Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum is likely to feature despite a minor back problem, while Adam Lallana likely to miss out due to a muscle injury.

Porto will be without a number of their key men. Pepe will miss out through suspension, though Eder Militao will step in for him. Hector Herrera also misses out through suspension.

Vincent Aboubakar misses out through an injury, but Moussa Marega and Francisco Soares will likely form a two-man attack. Conceicao could drop Yacine Brahimi in favour of a more defensive approach down the wings.

Goalscorer Odds

Sadio Mane has been the man in form in recent weeks for the Reds, and managed to bag himself a hat-trick against Dragoes last season. He’s a 3/1 favourite to open the scoring or evens anytime. You can also get 25/1 on his scoring a hat-trick tonight.

Mohamed Salah found the net this weekend, and is coming back into form at the business end of the season. He’s also a 3/1 favourite to open the scoring along with Mane.

Porto will need their strikers in form in they’re to stand any chance of notching a win at Anfield. Soares is the favourite to open the scoring for the Portuguese side at 8/1, or 14/5 anytime. Marega is 12/1 to score first, or 4/1 to bag during the 90.

Match Info

Where: Anfield, Liverpool

When: 8:00pm

How to watch:  BT Sport 3

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All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Drew Goodsell

Drew is a journalism graduate of UEL where he worked as a Business Editor for the university news website. He is a Chelsea fan, but closely follows American sports, being an avid fan of the New York based Knicks (NBA) and Giants (NFL).