Preview - Liverpool vs FC Porto March 07 2018

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Champions League Round Of 16 Second Leg
Liverpool vs. FC Porto
Wednesday, March 7th, 2018
03:45 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Anfield

Last five matches form: D W W W W
CL Average goals per match: 4
CL Average goals against per match: 0.9
CL Top Scorer: Roberto Firmino (7)

FC Porto:
Last five matches form: L W W W W
CL Average goals per match: 2.1
CL Average goals against per match: 2.1
CL Top Scorer: Vincent Aboubakar (5)

First Leg Result: FC Porto 0 - 5 Liverpool

An average of four goals a game is pretty phenomenal at this stage of the tournament, and provided they can keep things tight, Liverpool may well go a long way.

Quite what tactics FC Porto will employ will be interesting as this one is all over. A devastating display from Liverpool in the opening leg renders this second leg almost unnecessary.

Going on the attack against one of the most lethal counter attacking units in European football seems certain to add to Porto's woes here, and we wouldn't be surprised were they to play relatively defensively. On the plus side they have won all four League outings since the first leg so do at least arrive in decent form, but then they had also won three on the spin prior to the first game.

The gulf in class between these two sides was all too apparent in the first leg, but there shouldn't be too much shame in that for Porto as Jurgen Klopp's men are playing some of the best football on the continent at present. We expect damage limitation from the visitors but still expect Liverpool to grab a couple of goals, with Klopp unlikely to rest too many, if any star names as he bids to keep the momentum going..

Prediction: Liverpool 2-0 FC Porto


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 0 - 0
Shots:  12 - 10
Shots on target: 5 - 1
Corner Kicks: 1 - 3
Possession: 65% - 35%

Jordan Henderson was booked for the home side. Andre André and Diogo Dalot made their way into referee Felix Zwayer's notebook for the visitors.

With this tie already in the bag Jurgen Klopp did make a few changes. Mo Salah, Virgil Van Dijk and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all dropping to the bench. Adam Lallana took Salah's place in the three-pronged attack as he looks to improve his match fitness.

A largely uneventful first period saw Liverpool on top with Sadio Mané in particular causing problems for the Porto defence. The Senegalese really should have scored in the 18th minute, whilst Vincent Aboubakar will have been disappointed not to get Porto off the mark for the tie when failing to hit the target just a minute later.

Mané again went close in the 30th minute when rattling the crossbar with an effort from the edge of the area, but that's as close as we came to a goal. 0 -0 at the break.

62nd minute substitute Danny Ings nearly made an immediate impact but Iker Casillas was equal to his 67th minute header.

Arriving as a 74th minute substitute, Salah did his best to break the deadlock, first putting an excellent cross for James Milner whose header found Casillas; and then having an effort of his own saved in the bottom corner in the 80th minute.

A lively finale saw further efforts from both sides, Pereira and Torres seeing efforts blocked for Porto, and Moreno and Ings having the best of the remaining chances for the Reds. 0-0 on the night.

5-0 after the first leg, and 5-0 it stayed as Liverpool progress to the Quarter Finals.

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