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.
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.
FC Porto: Top scorer Vincent Aboubakar missed Sunday's win against Chaves and is a big doubt for Wednesday's game - a big blow to Porto ahead of the visit of Liverpool. He joins Andre Andre, Ivan Marcano and Danilo Pereira on the sidelines injured, while Felipe - who was sent off in Porto's final group game against Monaco - is suspended. Tiquinho replaced Aboubakar up front in Sunday's game - just his third league start of the season - and scored twice, however. Yacine Brahimi and Ricardo Pereira were both rested for that match, but are likely to return on Wednesday.
Liverpool: Loris Karius is expected to continue in goal for the trip to Portugal, while Virgil van Dijk will make his Champions League debut for Liverpool in defence. Joel Matip was preferred to Dejan Lovren alongside Van Dijk at the weekend, and after a comfortable clean sheet could well continue. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain replaced James Milner for that game, but both could feature with Emre Can suspended for the trip to Portugal. Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum are also competing for places, however, with only three spots for the four midfielders. Alberto Moreno started all six Champions League group games, but it is likely to be Andrew Robertson who continues at left-back after forcing his way into the starting XI in the league.
|FC Porto||Pick (+120)||+200||2½ (-130)o|
|Liverpool||Pick (-145)||+130||2½ (+105)u|
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FC Porto - Last 6 Games
|11/02/2018||Chaves - FC Porto||0 : 4 (0 : 2) (0 : 2)||(W)||Liga Zon Sagres|
|07/02/2018||FC Porto - Sporting CP||1 : 0 (0 : 0) (1 : 0)||(W)||Taca de Portugal|
|03/02/2018||FC Porto - Sporting Braga||3 : 1 (2 : 1) (1 : 0)||(W)||Liga Zon Sagres|
|30/01/2018||Moreirense - FC Porto||0 : 0 (0 : 0) (0 : 0)||(D)||Liga Zon Sagres|
|24/01/2018||Sporting CP - FC Porto||4 : 3 (0 : 0) (0 : 0) n.E.||(L)||Carlsberg Cup Semi Finals|
|19/01/2018||FC Porto - Tondela||1 : 0 (1 : 0) (0 : 0)||(W)||Liga Zon Sagres|
Liverpool - Last 6 Games
|11/02/2018||Southampton - Liverpool||0 : 2 (0 : 2) (0 : 0)||(W)||Premier League|
|04/02/2018||Liverpool - Tottenham Hotspur||2 : 2 (1 : 0) (1 : 2)||(D)||Premier League|
|30/01/2018||Huddersfield Town - Liverpool||0 : 3 (0 : 2) (0 : 1)||(W)||Premier League|
|27/01/2018||Liverpool - West Bromwich Albion||2 : 3 (1 : 3) (1 : 0)||(L)||FA Cup|
|22/01/2018||Swansea City - Liverpool||1 : 0 (1 : 0) (0 : 0)||(L)||Premier League|
|14/01/2018||Liverpool - Manchester City||4 : 3 (1 : 1) (3 : 2)||(W)||Premier League|
|Champions League Gr.A (UEFA)|
|28/11/07, 20:45||Liverpool - FC Porto||4 : 1 (1 : 1) (3 : 0)||5. Round|
|18/09/07, 20:45||FC Porto - Liverpool||1 : 1 (1 : 1) (0 : 0)||1. Round|
|International Friendlies (International)|
|31/07/04, 02:00||FC Porto - Liverpool||1 : 0 (0 : 0) (1 : 0)|