Goals from Naby Keita and Roberto Firmino gave Liverpool a handy 2-0 lead from the first leg of their quarter-final ahead of the second leg in Porto. That loss was Porto’s only reverse in eight competitive games (W6, D1, L1), while at home they have lost just once in their last 22 competitive fixtures (W19, D2, L1). In 11 of those 22 home games, they have scored at least three goals, which should be their primary aim ahead of this leg. Thankfully for Porto, they have won all four of their Champions League home fixtures, scoring at least three goals in their last three games. Liverpool warmed up for this game with a 2-0 win over Chelsea in the Premier League, making it an unbeaten run of 16 competitive games (W11, D5) including seven straight wins. Their record in the Champions League has three losses in nine fixtures (W5, D1, L3) and all three have come away from home (W1, L3). In fact, their 3-1 win in the previous round away leg over Bayern Munich remains their only victory. Away from home in all competitions, the Reds have remained unbeaten in seven competitive games (W4, D3).
Porto have never beaten Liverpool in seven competitive games (D3, L4), scoring just two goals and conceding 14.
Porto have lost their last five two-legged ties with English clubs and have not beaten an English side since 2003/04.
Liverpool have lost five of their last ten European matches, with all those losses coming away from home.
The bet of our experts
Porto have a mountain to climb in this fixture, considering their poor record over Liverpool. The hosts will look to go all out in this leg, but that might not get them a ticket to the semis. The Reds should qualify in regular time, although there could be goals from both sides.
Created on 15/04/2019 at 10:04
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