Odds: Liverpool 1/2, Draw 17/5, Porto 21/4
Kick Off: 1945, 06/03/2018
TV: BT Sport
Having romped to a 5-0 victory at the Estadio do Dragao, Liverpool already look assured of a place in the last eight of the Champions League.
The Reds scored a whopping 23 times in the Champions League group stage and continued in a similar vein in the first leg as a Sadio Mane hat-trick dismantled their Portuguese opponents.
However, while the expectation will be for Liverpool to dish out another mauling, the reality of second legs where one team has a sizeable advantage is that the side which has been humbled is statistically more likely to win.
Over the last five seasons, there have been 12 ties where the first leg was won by three or more goals, with Barcelona’s remarkable comeback from 4-0 down against Paris St Germain the only occasion on which the side losing the first leg has progressed.
However, the first-leg losers have won six of the reverse fixtures, with one draw and five occasions on which the first-leg winners extended their margin of victory.
A Look At Liverpool’s Betting Odds
Having seen his side run riot in the away leg, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp may elect to rest some of his key players for the return fixture.
The Reds have since beaten West Ham 4-1 and Newcastle 2-0 in the Premier League and will continue their push for a top-four finish with a crunch clash against Manchester United on Saturday.
Klopp could be forgiven for having one eye on the trip to Old Trafford, although his side still possess plenty of attacking talent, with only PSG having scored more goals during the group stages of the competition.
Liverpool have scored 16 goals in four Champions League games at Anfield this season, and for that reason there is a lot to like about the 33/20 for there to be over 3.5 goals in the match.
A Look At Porto’s Betting Odds
Porto’s defensive frailties were all too apparent in the first leg and the Primeira Liga runners-up have now conceded 15 goals in seven Champions League contests this term.
However, despite showing a lack of attacking threat at home to Liverpool they have scored as many goals as they have let in during this competition.
Vincent Aboubakar and Moussa Marega have 30 goals between them this season in all competitions, while Porto scored three away at Monaco in their group.
Four straight domestic wins since that first-leg debacle should have boosted morale, with 15 goals scored in those games and Saturday’s 2-1 defeat of Sporting Lisbon keeping them five points clear at the top of the table in Portugal.
That form tempts us to finish our Liverpool vs Porto betting predictions with 31/2 for the sides to draw 2-2.
LIVERPOOL 2-0 Newcastle – Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane
PORTO 2-1 Sporting Lisbon – Marcano, Yacine Brahimi
Head-to-head: Porto 0-5 Liverpool, Liverpool 4-1 Porto, Porto 1-1 Liverpool, Liverpool 2-0 Porto
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