Liverpool vs FC Porto Preview, Predictions, Lineups, Team News

Liverpool vs FC Porto
Champions League, Europe
Date: Tuesday, 9th April 2019
Kick off at: 20.00 GMT
Venue: Anfield, Liverpool, England

Escaping Bayern Munich’s threat, Liverpool are dealing with a new threat in FC Porto. Jurgen Klopp’s side are aiming to continue their Champions League journey by beating the Portuguese champion.

Liverpool vs FC Porto Possible Lineups

Here are the possible lineups for both teams as they prepare themselves for this midweek Champions League battle.  Let’s take a look at the potential lineups and formation that they could be setting up to help them getting all three points.

Liverpool

Expected Formation: 4-3-3

Probable Lineups: Alisson(g);Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Milner(def);Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Henderson(mid);Mane, Firmino, Salah(att).

FC Porto

Expected Formation: 4-4-2

Probable Lineups: Casillas(g);Militao, Felipe, Leite, Telles(def);Corona, Danilo, Otavio, Brahimi(mid); Soares, Marega(att).

Recent Form

Before going into this Champions League Tuesday encounter, both teams have already been involved in several other games. Let’s check out the latest results that they have been getting to have an idea about their current form.

Liverpool

Recent form in all competition (last five matches): LWWWL

The Reds have been in an excellent form in terms of results as they’ve won all of their recent five matches. Klopp’s team latest league fixture was a 3-1 away win against Southampton.

Those run of victories giving Liverpool that huge confidence ahead of Tuesday’s fixture. Klopp will be expecting another positive result for his side at Anfield.

FC Porto

Recent form in all competition (last five matches) :WWWWW

he Dragons have also been experiencing an excellent run of results though, also winning their last five matches. Sergio Conceicao’s men picked up an important 2-0 victory this past weekend in their league.

Porto’s positive run of results should also give them that needed morale booster for Tuesday fixture. Playing away from home wouldn’t scare off Conceica’s side as they’re keen on taking something home.

Team News

Liverpool

The Reds are still without Joe Gomez and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain for this midweek clash. Another important absentee for Liverpool would be Andre Robertson who is suspended for the first leg battle.

Klopp will most likely use James Milner as a left back as he isn’t risking anything in Champions League. Liverpool should continue to rely on their trio of Salah, Firmino and Mane up front.

FC Porto

Conceicao have more concerning situation for the midweek tie with some names are out. Vincent Aboubakar won’t be available because of long term knee injury.

Moreover, Pepe along with Hector Herrera who are both suspended for the first leg. The away side will be counting on their goal scoring machine, Moussa Marega to lead their attack.

Head to Head Records:

The previous four matchups between Liverpool against Porto have went in Klopp’s side favor with two wins and two draws.

Liverpool have won all previous encounters at Anfield, while drawing their games in Portugal.

Match Prediction

Playing in front of their home crowd, The Reds are set to put on a strong outing. Liverpool will try to take a comfortable lead ahead of their travel in Portugal.

Porto won’t go down easily as Conceicao’s squad looking like a more solid and compact side. The Reds remain favorite to win, but they  must remain cautious with their opponent.

Final Score: 2-1

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