Liverpool v Porto Preview And Predictions - Champions League Group Stage 5

Liverpool welcome Porto to Anfield on Wednesday night knowing qualification and top spot in Group B is already in the bag. This is a great position for Jurgen Klopp and with a busy festive schedule just around the cormer, the Liverpool manager will be able to rest several key players and give some valuable experience to some of the youngsters. Check out our preview and predictions below, and if playing online casino is your choice of entertainment, head over to Genting Casino and enjoy our premium experience with over 3000 of your favourite online slots and live casino table games available on any device.


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Liverpool showed a dominant performance against Arsenal on the weekend, where we saw Jurgen Klopp’s side take all three points in a 4-0 win at Anfield. 

The game was only 1-0 at the break but when a lacklustre Arsenal came back onto the field, the Reds pressed high up the pitch and put as much pressure on the Arsenal defenders as they could, resulting in three more goals.

The three giants of Portuguese football are all at the top of the Primeira Liga with Porto and Sporting Lisbon on top with 29 points and Benfica only one point behind. 

Porto are yet to lose a league game with a record of W9-D2, and they’ll take confidence from their resounding 5-1 victory in the cup this weekend, albeit against a side of less quality than Liverpool.

Since 2018, these two teams have played five times and Liverpool have an undefeated record of W4-D1. Across these matches, Porto have only managed to score twice whilst Liverpool have scored 16, bringing the average match goals for these games to 3.6. 

Diogo Jota has been added to the already long list of injuries that Liverpool have, after picking up a knock against Arsenal. Players such as Roberto Firmino, Joe Gomez and Naby Keita are all amongst the nine injured players for the hosts. 

Liverpool To Win

The Reds have already qualified for the knockout stages by winning this group with two games to play, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if Klopp opted to rotate his side for this one. 

That said, they are likely to have Andy Robertson back at left back and we’ll most likely still see one of Mohammed Salah or Sadio Mane so they can carry on their good run of form with Takumi Minamino and Divock Origi the most likely forward replacements, so we may see a stronger line-up than many may think.

Since 2015, when Porto play in England they have a record of W1-D1-L4 in the Champions League. 

Their one win came against Chelsea last year, though they still lost that tie, and the draw was against Liverpool in the round of 16 in 2018. 

However, the 0-0 draw could be somewhat down to the fact that Liverpool had smashed them in the previous leg 5-0 so it wasn’t crucial for the Red’s to win that 2nd leg game. 

Despite Liverpool already qualifying for the next stage of the tournament we still think there’s value to be had in getting behind the hosts, and their superior head-to-head record against Porto speaks volumes of their quality.

PREDICTION:

LIVERPOOL TO WIN


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