FC Porto will face Liverpool at Estádio do Dragão, in Porto, in the Champions League Quarter-Finals second leg. FC Porto against Liverpool is always the match with big interest, especially during this season. Review our thoughts on this match here below.
Football club Porto is playing in two sides fighting for best positions. They are fighting still with Benfica in Portuguese Primeira Liga. In a very even battle, the teams go with the same amount of points and the intrigue will be until the end of the season. First place in the highest Portuguese league takes the place in the group stage of Champions League, while second place should play in qualification. That is the second reason why Porto and Benfica are trying to become champions in Primeira Liga. Porto plays very strong this year and showed their dominance in Groups Stage of CL by taking 1st place without any losings and after knocking out strong opponents from Italy AS Roma.
Unfortunately, one of the main attack leaders Vincent Aboubakar will miss next match due to injury. Moreover, Fabiano and Marius are under question, and hopefully will be able to play this important game. This season Porto is looking very confident at attacking set pieces, creating scoring chances, aerial duels and defending set pieces.
Liverpool this year is showing unbelievable football and a big desire to win in every match. Now they have 7 win streak in different competitions. This weekend they won 2:0 against one of the biggest Premier League rivals in a very important game for both clubs. The Reds have 2 points more than Manchester City, however, Citizens played by 1 game less, so everything could be changed very quickly. In general, Liverpool is showing its best football with only 1 lost in PL against Manchester City. Moreover, they lost 3 games in the group stage of CL and only with the help of luck they got into the Champions League playoffs and did not fall into the Europa League. In total, of course, they have a very successful season with big chances to win Premier League and fight till the end in Champions League, but fix their last year mistakes.
Nothing changed in the squad of Liverpool since main squad players are fit and ready to face Porto. Most of the important players should take a rest after a game against Chelsea. LFC plays very strong at finishing scoring chances, counter attacks, attacking and defending set pieces. However, they are weak at aerial duels, even with probably one of the best defenders in the world Virgil van Dijk.
Champions League Play-Offs Quarter-final 1st leg
The last match Liverpool played at Anfield Stadium surrounded by their fans. The Reds controlled 64% of possession and made 15 goal attempts, while Porto had only 8. Both teams had dangerous moments, but Porto failed to score a goal. First-half hosts made everything they needed and in second their main goal was to save a result. Reds made 642 passes with 83% accuracy, while Porto struggled with good control of the ball since they had only 67% of accurate passes. In general, what happened with the match was expected, since Liverpool was the clear favorite to take a confident victory at the Anfield. We are sure that the second leg match will be no less interesting.