Football Predictions

Porto vs Liverpool predictions, preview & how everyone thinks each team will line up

By Steve Jennings

Published: 15:31, 16 April 2019

Liverpool travel to Porto on Wednesday night aiming to secure their place in the Champions League semi-finals.

Jurgen Klopp’s men sealed a 2-0 first leg victory at Anfield last week thanks to first half goals from Naby Keita and Roberto Firmino.

But Porto managed to keep the scoreline low and create a few opportunities of their own, which could give the Portuguese side confidence in the second leg.

Liverpool, however, will know an away goal should be enough to get them through the tie.

Read on for Porto vs Liverpool TV channel info, stats, predicted XIs and team news.

When is Porto vs Liverpool?

Competition: Champions League

Venue: Estádio do Dragão

Date: Wednesday, April 17

Kick-off: 8.00 PM BST

Where can I watch the match live?

Porto vs Liverpool can be viewed on BT Sport in the UK. Viewers can watch the game on BT Sport 3, channel number 417 for Sky customers, 529 for Virgin Media users and 432 on BT TV.

Head-to-head

This will be just the eighth meeting between the clubs. Liverpool have never lost to Porto and have conceded just two goals across the eight encounters. The hosts were thrashed 5-0 in this fixture in the Round of 16 last season.

Porto wins: Draws: Liverpool wins: 4

Match Preview

Can Liverpool spring a repeat of their last visit to Porto?

Liverpool proved their Champions League credentials in the Round of 16 last season, thrashing Porto 5-0 at Estádio do Dragão, the first real sign they meant business in the competition.

A goalless draw at Anfield in the second leg was merely a formality. This time around, the Reds go to Portugal with a 2-0 lead in the tie – but that doesn’t mean they will go easy on the hosts.

Sadio Mane’s hat-trick and goals from Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino saw Liverpool destroy Porto last season, and all three of those players go into this one in fine form.

An early away goal will give Klopp the opportunity to substitute his most important players early, but Liverpool’s ferocious front three will be keen to increase their numbers before that happens.

Is Henderson Liverpool’s most under-appreciated player?

There is a case to be made that Jordan Henderson is driving Liverpool’s Premier League title challenge right now.

Perhaps that should be a prerequisite for any club captain, but Henderson has struggled to cement his place in the Liverpool team this season. Only recently has he showcased his true value to the squad.

Henderson has been shifted from Liverpool’s deepest-lying midfielder to a slightly more attacking role and it has paid off; the 28-year-old provided a perfect cross for Mane’s opener against Chelsea on Sunday.

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has been particularly impressed, saying: “He’s always had great energy and I think his ability with what we saw for the goal (vs ) – in the inside right channel – he can put a great cross in. He doesn’t get enough credit at times for his quality.”

Will Klopp rest his Liverpool stars?

Despite the benefits of keeping a clean sheet, Liverpool will be disappointed after failing score more than twice in the first leg.

It means the Merseysiders still have plenty of work to do in Portugal, where their two-goal advantage could be cut in half if Porto find a way through.

With that in mind, there is very little chance Klopp will rest his key men. Even after last season’s 5-0 first leg win, Klopp stuck with Firmino and Mane for the reverse fixture – although he did rest Salah.

The German simply cannot afford to leave out any of Liverpool’s in-form stars this time around.

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Team news

Henderson took a knock to the ankle during Sunday’s victory over Chelsea but Klopp was quick to allay fears of a serious injury. The Liverpool captain should be available against Porto.

Long-term absentees Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Gomez are nearing a return but Wednesday’s game is likely comes too early for both players. Adam Lallana is also a doubt.

Porto forward Vincent Aboubakar is back in training following a lengthy lay-off with a knee ligament injury but it is unclear whether he will play a part. Pepe should return after missing the first leg through suspension, as should Liverpool’s Andy Robertson.

How everyone thinks Porto and Liverpool will line up

1. More midfield rotation for Liverpool

Klopp has made wide use of his central midfielders in recent weeks, altering the team’s personnel depending on the opposition and other circumstances.

Against Chelsea, Henderson was joined by Keita and Fabinho in the middle of the park. But the London Evening Standard believes James Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum will get the nod over Keita and Fabinho on Wednesday.

The Standard also predicts Dejan Lovren will play next to Virgil van Dijk at centre-back instead of Joel Matip.

The Evening Standard’s Liverpool 4-3-3: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Wijnaldum, Milner; Salah, Firmino, Mane.

The Evening Standard’s Porto 4-4-2: Casillas; Eder Militao, Felipe, Pepe, Alex Telles; Otavio, Pereira, Almeida Costa, Corona; Soares, Marega. 

2. Hector Herrera to return for Porto

Hector Herrera missed the first leg for Porto but his goalscoring performance over the weekend could see him return to the line-up here.

WhoScored suggest Herrera will partner Danilo Pereira in central midfield, with strikers Moussa Marega and Francisco Soares providing the firepower up front.

Meanwhile, WhoScored think Fabinho and Keita will stay in the team, with Klopp keeping trust in the exact XI that got the job done in the first leg.

WhoScored’s Porto 4-4-2: Casillas; Eder Militao, Felipe, Pepe, Alex Telles; Otavio, Pereira, Herrera, Corona; Soares, Marega. 

WhoScored’s Liverpool 4-3-3: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Keita; Salah, Firmino, Mane.

Squawka prediction

If Liverpool can grab an early away goal, the pressure will mostly subside and they should be able to secure a comfortable aggregate victory, if only a narrow win on the night. Porto 1-2 Liverpool (aggregate score: Porto 1-4 Liverpool).