FC Porto vs Liverpool
Champions League, Europe
Date: Wednesday, 17th April 2019
Kick off at: 20.00 GMT
Venue: Estadio Do Dragao, Porto, Portugal
Losing 2-0 in their first meeting, FC Porto are hoping to turn things around against Liverpool in the second leg. Playing at home at Estadio Do Dragao, Sergio Conceicao’s side will be giving their best shot to win.
FC Porto vs Liverpool Possible Lineups
Here are the possible lineups for both teams as they gear themselves for this Wednesday Champions League clash. Let’s take a look at the probable lineups and formation that they could be setting up to help them getting all three points.
Expected Formation: 4-4-2
Probable Lineups: Casillas(g);Militao, Monteiro, Pepe, Telles(def);Otavinho, Danilo, Herrera, Brahimi(mid);Tiquinho, Mariga(att).
Expected Formation: 4-3-3
Probable Lineups: Alisson(g);Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson(def);Wijnaldum, Milner, Fabinho(mid); Salah, Firmino, Mane(att).
Before heading into this midweek Champions League clash, both teams have been involved in other games. Let’s check out the latest results that they have been getting to have a clear idea about their current form.
Recent form in all competition (last five matches): WWWLW
The Dragons have been playing well apart from their first leg defeat against Liverpool. Conceicao’s men won four and only losing one out of their last five fixtures in all competition.
That loss against The Reds didn’t seem to affect them mentally though as they still won their league game afterwards. Porto defeated Portimonense in their latest Portuguese league fixture this past weekend..
Recent form in all competition (last five matches) :WWWWW
Jurgen Klopp’s side themselves have been in an excellent form of late winning their last five matches. The Reds’ also won their recent big match in Premier League, beating Chelsea 2-0 at Anfield.
That recent victory will give that extra confidence as they travel to face Porto on Wednesday. Klopp is hoping that his team can maintain their positive run against Porto.
Porto doesn’t have too many injury issues with their main players for this midweek tie. However, there’s some concern regarding Vincent Aboubakar and Corona’s condition for this midweek battle.
Conceicao looking set to play Marega along with Tiquinho as the Portuguese side’s front pairing. Meanwhile, Brahimi and Otavinho will tr to support the home team’s offense through their burst from the two flanks.
The Reds themselves also doesn’t have much issues with potential players absence on Wednesday. Still, Klopp will have some tinkering with Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Henderson’s fitness condition.
Mohammed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane are going to be Liverpool’s main threat once again. Those three will try to create havoc for Porto defenders from kick off.
Head to Head Records:
The previous five meetings between both teams have been mostly went into Liverpool’s favor as they won three games and drew two.
Playing at home isn’t going to give much guarantee for Porto to overturn the first leg result. Nevertheless, playing with that huge home support might be able to lift the Dragons’ mentality for the match.
Despite already leading 2-0, Klopp understands that nothing will come easy for Liverpool. The Reds are still favorite to win but if they lose a bt of focus, Porto are ready to pounce.
Final Score: 1-1