Porto were drawn in what many thought would be a wide open Champions League group this season, with the teams alongside them all being of a similar quality. Monaco were the pre-tournament favourites for the top spot, but the Ligue 1 champions crumbled and only picked up two points, allowing Porto’s ten point haul to take them to 2nd place, above RB Leipzig but four points off group winners Besiktas.
Three of those points came in the final group game, with a 5-2 win over Monaco at home seeing them put in one of their best performances of the competition. They also beat the French side 3-0 away from home, and took a 3-1 win away from a home match with RB Leipzig. They will definitely feel like they have a chance against Liverpool.
Porto haven’t lost a single competitive match since the group stages ended either, winning 12 of their 14 matches and taking themselves to 2nd in the Primeira Liga, just a point behind leaders Benfica. However, during this time they haven’t faced a side of Liverpool’s quality, and this will be a huge test for them.
The visitors are in fine form at the moment as well, beating Southampton at the weekend to make it seven wins from their last ten competitive matches. They have endured difficult defeats to Swansea and West Brom recently, but they tend to pick it up when complacency isn’t an issue.
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Liverpool did have a bit of a dodgy start in the Champions League as they failed to beat Sevilla and Spartak Moscow in their opening two group games, but they found their feet in the end, eventually putting ten past Maribor in their two matches, drawing 3-3 away to Sevilla, and then smashing Spartak Moscow 7-0.
These high scoring games are typical of Liverpool’s season so far, and a huge ten of their last 12 competitive games have seen at least three goals. Their last 12 games away from home have yielded the same amount of high scoring games, and considering five of Porto’s six Champions League group games saw at least three goals, backing Over 2.5 Goals here looks a great bet.
In the end we expect Liverpool’s current form to carry them through, especially after winning seven of their last ten on the road. Porto have scored in all of their Champions League games this season though, so we’re also going for a Liverpool Win and Both Teams to Score alongside a 2-1 correct score predictions.
We’re also opting for Roberto Firmino to score anytime. He has netted in three of his last four games for Liverpool and has already scored six Champions League goals this season, so he looks a great choice.
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