Porto v Liverpool | Opposition Preview

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By Lewis Thompson – @LewisThomps0n

Liverpool travel to the Estádio Do Dragão on Wednesday night to play the second leg of their Champions League Quarter Final against Porto. The Reds come into the game with a 2-0 advantage and will be hopeful of progressing into the semi-finals, to either play Manchester United or Barcelona. With Andy Robertson having completed his one game suspension, the Scotsman will more than likely be back into the starting line-up. Klopp may rest some players for this fixture, as he may want to focus more on their away trip to Wales when they play Cardiff on Sunday.

After Liverpool picked up another win against Porto in the Champions League last week, The Reds are still unbeaten against them after seven competitive games. The Dragons have never faced an opponent a greater number of times than Liverpool without winning a single game, they will be looking to overcome this curse and reach the semi-finals of the Champions League for the first time since winning it in 2003/2004.



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Porto boss Sergio Conceicao will be happy to see Hector Herrera and Pepe return for this leg, having both been suspended for the first one. The return of Pepe means Eder Militao, the versatile defender can shuffle back across to right-back. Striker Vincent Aboubakar may possibly feature on Wednesday night, as he is close to a return after six months on the side-lines.

Now onto my predicted line-up for the game. I feel Conceicao will start the game with a 4-3-3. I feel Casillas will start in goal, behind a back line of Militao at right back, Pepe and Felipe at centre back and Telles at left back. I then believe the midfield three will consist of Otavio, Pereira and Herrera. Then I think the attacking trio up top will be, Corona and Soares out on the wings with Marega up-front.

With Porto failing to grab an away goal at Anfield last week, I feel fairly confident that Liverpool can comfortably win this game. I think one away goal and the game is over and done with. I’m going to go with a 3-0 win to Liverpool, with Salah scoring two and Mane getting another. Tell me what you think the score will be, COME ON YOU REDS!!

 

By Lewis Thompson

Twitter @LewisThomps0n

 

 

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