FC. PORTO – LIVERPOOL SOOCER PREDICTION OF THE DAY
Liverpool have brilliantly passed the group stage, finishing in first place and scoring the beauty of twenty-three goals in six games. The opponents, however, Sevilla apart, were not of great profile (Spartak Moscow and Maribor). Porto finished second in their group but had to play more difficult matches against Lipsia, Monaco and Besiktas. And Sergio Conceicao’s team, like Klopp’s, scored a lot: fifteen goals.
Going to check the statistics, both Porto and Liverpool have recorded five “over 2.5” signs on six sides. It is no coincidence, they are two teams that play football in a very offensive way, and that register the tendency to over and to the “goal” even in their respective championships.
In particular, Liverpool suffered more frequently when playing away games, while Anfield often manages to keep the door inviolate. The Porto deserves great respect also for the fact of having lost only two official matches in the season. But both came in the Champions League, where compared to fifteen goals scored there is also to consider that it has taken ten, and the opponent will be a team at times devastating in attack, able in the season to score four goals at Manchester City .
The latest news on the formations
Porto coach Sergio Conceicao has to do without two potential holders. The injured Danilo Pereira, midfield medalist, and the central defender Felipe, disqualified, will not be in the game. The form of play will be 4-4-2. At the center of the defense there will be the couple formed by Marcano and Reyes. Full-backs will be Maxi Pereira and Alex Telles. Porto is a defense that Liverpool can repeatedly put in trouble with the speed of its attackers. In particular Telles, if it is indispensable for the offensive maneuver considering that it is the player of the Port to have done the greatest number of assists, when there is to defend a lot of effort. Imagine against a football player in a state of grace like Salah.
The midfield will be four, but Brahimi will have freedom of movement, starting from the left to assert his powerful and precise shot. In attack with Marega there should be Soares, as the owner Aboubakar is not in perfect physical condition and should start from the bench.
On the other side Klopp will have to do without the suspended Emre Can in midfield, a department in which he can no longer count on the Brazilian Coutinho sold to Barcelona since January. The owners will be Oxlade-Chamberlain, Henderson, Wijnaldum. The costly purchase of the winter transfer Van Dijk will naturally be on defense, which has not been enough to give the department more security, also due to the constant uncertainty of the goalkeeper Karius.
The strongest department in Liverpool is the attack: Firmino (only Cristiano Ronaldo has scored more goals in this Champions League) is perfect in the role of “false nueve”. He knows how to play in line with the opposing defenders and he implements intelligent movements to create spaces to attack in favor of the very fast Salah and Mané.
For the passage of the turn is favored the Liverpool team capable of scoring a couple of goals in five minutes to even the strongest rivals (see how much he has combined in the Premier League against Manchester City). At the same time, however, Klopp’s game is very expensive and also captain within a single game more moment when the team swerves defensively. A recent example is the comeback granted to Tottenham, always in the league.
However, the Porto comes to this game with some absence too much and with the precarious physical condition of his best striker, which is why it is still difficult to imagine a defeat of Liverpool. In a match where goals should not be missed.
The probable formations of Porto-Liverpool
PORTO (4-4-2): José Sá; Maxi Pereira, Marcano, Reyes, Alex Telles; Ricardo, Sérgio Oliveira, Herrera, Brahimi; Marega, Soares.
LIVERPOOL (4-3-3): Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mané.