The English club Liverpool will host FC Porto in the second leg of the Round of 16 in UEFA Champions League 2017/18.
FC Porto will try to forget the recent hammering from the hands of Liverpool when they face the Reds in the reverse fixture of UEFA Champions League Round of 16, second leg tie. The game will take place this Wednesday at Anfield.
Liverpool FC are all but through to the first quarter-final stage of UEFA Champions League since 2009, as they inflicted a 5-0 victory on the Portuguese side FC Porto in the first leg of the knockout stage.
The star trio of Salah, Mane, and Firmino was too hot to handle for Porto on the one-sided match. Liverpool went past through the sloppy defense of FC Porto with the excellent attacking football. Sadio Mane scored a terrific hat-trick for the reds, inspiring them in the easy away victory.
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are going through a tremendous run of form lately in the English Premier League as they have won back to back games against Southampton, West Ham United and Newcastle United. They are sitting at the second position in the table, just two points behind Manchester United, who have a game in hand. Liverpool thrash Newcastle United with the scoreline of 2-0 in their recent game in which Salah and Mane were on the scoresheet.
On the other hand, FC Porto, who are in the round of 16 for the second year in a row, will look to surge from the record home European loss when they visit Anfield for the final bout. The Portuguese side trembled with lack of defensive discipline which cost them a near-exit defeat.
Since the first leg defeat, FC Porto carried their excellent league season with four wins in a row. They are sitting comfortably at the top of the Primeira Liga with 67 points from 25 games. With the likes of Tiquinho, Moussa Marega, and Vincent Aboubakar, they have got an excellent attacking combination assisting in the undefeated league sitting. The return of Aboubakar from the injury will boost the confidence of Porto ahead of the second leg clash.
Jurgen Klopp has claimed that he will not rest anyone for the second leg. Emre Can, who faced a one-game suspension in the first leg, is available for the reverse fixture. Defender Alberto Moreno is one booking away from facing a ban.
Sergio Conceicao is doubtful over the fitness of most of the players who were in the starting lineup of the first leg. Defender Felipe is available after receiving a one-match ban in the first leg. The star forward, Moussa Marega is also out with the Muscle injury.
The return of Vincent Aboubakar certainly will boost the Portuguese side as they look to defend their pride. Iker Casillas is also expected to guard the post for Porto in the second leg.
Key Players to Watch
The Egyptian star, Mohamed Salah will be the player to watch out for. His excellent record of goal scoring across all competitions has assisted Liverpool big time. In just the English Premier league, Salah has scored 24 goals and assisted 8 goals so far. He was also on the scoresheet in the recent game against Newcastle United. Besides, he has excellent Champions League campaign with the tally of six goals in seven appearances.
Apart from Mohamed Salah, Sadio mane also holds a crucial part in Liverpool’s recent success. The unstoppable front-man is enjoying exciting Champions League competition with the goal tally of six. He will be a headache for Porto’s defense as he comes fresh from his imperious hat-trick against the same side. His current run of form is astonishing in the Premier League too. He was also in the scoresheet in Liverpool’s recent game against Newcastle United.
The returning attacker, Vincent Aboubaker will be a key for Porto to defend their pride and cut out the deficit. Aboubaker will look to score some consolation goals for his team who are in the surge of a morale boost.
Defender Filipe, who will make his way back to the team, will also be a key to hold back the Liverpool attack and find some composure.
Liverpool vs Porto Lineup (Predicted XI)
Liverpool Lineup (4-3-3)
Defenders: Alexander-Arnold(RB), Lovren(CB), Van Dijk(CB), Robertson(LB)
Midfielders: Can(CM), Henderson(CM), Milner(CM)
Porto Lineup (4-4-2)
Defenders: Maximiliano Pereira(RB), Felipe(CB), Marcano(CB), Dalot(LB)
Midfielders: Otavio(RCM), Oliveira(CM), Herrera(CM), Brahimi(LCM)
Liverpool vs Porto prediction
Liverpool are unsurprisingly favorite to win the home fixture with expected goal fest. On the other hand, Porto must work hard to save their dignity.
We predict a 3-0 victory for the reds.