Match date: 06 Mar 2018
| Sport: Football
| Competition: UEFA Champions League
| Stake: 8/10
| Pick: 1 (-2)AH
| Match result:
0-0 - Lost
Liverpool are virtually through to the quarter finals stage after a convincingly impressive 5-0 demolition of Porto in the first leg. This return leg is only just a formality but I doubt they will rest on their laurel here. Manager Jurgen Klopp said in his press conference that their would not be much change to the team so as not to disrupt the teams flow ahead of the weekend showdown against Manchester United at Old Trafford. They are in very good form at the moment with five wins and a draw in their last six with their attackers in great form especially Salah and Mane. They should start with their usual 4-3-3 formation with the the favored front three of Firmino, Salah and Mane. Milner could come in for Alex Oxlade Chamberlain and Gomez for Trant Arnold in the one or two promised changes to the team. Lallana and Nathaniel Clyne are also in for a comeback from injury.
Porto are realistically out of this competition as they have only pride to play for in this game. They are on course to claim back the league title from Benfica though and that remains their priority this season. They are in very good form with five wins in six games and will not want a repeat performance of the first leg. Their cause is not being helped by injury to key squad personnels with Moussa Marega, Alex Telles and Tiquinho likely to miss out after missing the 2-1 win over Sporting at the weekend. Vincent Aboubakar could return though but he is likely to be sharp after missing the last few weeks to injury too. They should play in their usual 4-4-2 formation.
Their was not much Porto could do in the first leg as they were just outclassed by a fluid passing Liverpool side who proved deadly on the counter. Liverpool have been very good at Anfield this season and Porto could be in for another drubbing especially if the front three of Salah, Mane and Firmino is kept for this game. I do not expect the host to get complacent as klopp as reiterated the need to keep the momentum ahead of their weekend visit to Old Trafford and I think they will win here quite comfortably too. Porto last visit to this ground ended in a 4-1 defeat and I feel a similar fate awaits them. Liverpool to win by at least two goals seems like a shrewd investment in my opinion.