Liverpool have one foot in the door the semifinals after a 2-0 home success over Porto with first leg at Anfield. But they cannot switch off on their trip to Portugal as Porto did create themselves some decent chances in the first leg. But will they be able to do enough to turn around this tie on home soil? Read our Porto v Liverpool betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on April 13th, 2019 at 4:57 p.m.)
Porto have a big hill to climb in this game now back on home soil as they are trailing 2-0. In last season’s round of sixteen in the Champions League, Porto faced Liverpool and they lost 5-0 on home soil on that occasion. Porto are now on a D3 L4 record in their seven previous fixtures against Liverpool, still seeking that first win. In this game they will be looking for their first semifinal appearance since the 2003/04 season whey they lift the title with Jose Mourinho in charge. Their record in two-legged ties against English clubs is W3 L8.
Porto have won all four of their home games played this season in the Champions League, so do have that great from behind them. They have claimed a win eight of their last fifteen European home games (D2 L5). In the last round of the Champions League, they produced a win over Roma. Their overall home record against English clubs is W8 D6 L4. The Dragons collected sixteen points in the group stage, more than any of other club managed. Porto have won only five of the 21 UEFA competition ties in which they lost the away first leg. However, they have lost their last five two-legged ties against English sides.
Liverpool are well in control though thanks to goals from Naby Keïta and Roberto Firmino. All six of the games between these two played before this tie, have come since 2000, with Liverpool being well up against the Dragons in the head to head. Liverpool have won ten of their previous 14 European Cup quarter-finals. In the last round of the competition, Liverpool saw off Bayern Munich with an impressive away second-leg, banking a 3-1 success at the Allianz Arena. However, Liverpool did lose all three of their away games in the group stage, which was really strange from them.
Liverpool have actually lost five of their last ten European games, all defeats in that sequence happening outside of England. Liverpool have triumphed in 31 UEFA competition ties when they have won the home first leg. On each of the seven occasions that they have won the first leg at home 2-0, they have gone on to win the tie. Liverpool are unbeaten in their last seven away games in all competitions (W4 D3), winning the last three. Only once this season in all competitions as Liverpool lost by a two-goal margin on their travels. That was in Europe at Red Star Belgrade.
Liverpool will likely come under some big early pressure in this game as portable try and get themselves back in the game. This could end up being a thrilling end-to-end game with Liverpool playing on the counter-attack and a Porto-draw double chance looks a good fit.
15th April 2019 / lee - Category: UEFA Champions League Betting
The interesting thing about this round of sixteen clash in the UEFA Champions League is that Porto have never lost against Italian side Roma. In fact, the Portuguese side won impressively on their last visit to the Stadio Olimpico. Read our Roma v Porto betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on February 10th, 2019 at 7:23 p.m.)
Roma finished second in their group in the Champions League this season. They took a W3 L3 record from their fixtures, the Italians finishing three points behind Real Madrid. Against Real Madrid, Roma suffered 3-0 and 2-0 defeats. The other defeat which they suffered in the group stage was on matchday six against Viktoria Plzen which means that the Italians have lost back to back games in the competition.
Roma were semi-finalists last season where they were beaten by Liverpool. Roma has returned a W3 L3 record in their previous round of sixteen ties in the Champions League. Last season at this stage they beat Shakhtar Donetsk, their second leg win in that tie snapping a five-match losing streak they were on round of sixteen matches. From six previous knockout ties against Portuguese sides, Roma are W3 L3. Their overall record against Portuguese teams is W5 D4 L2. Roma have won eight of their last 16 home matches in the UEFA Champions League (including qualifying).
There have been four previous matches between them
Porto hold a W2 D2 record against Roma
Porto won 3-0 on their last visit to the Stadio Olimpico
It was at this stage last season that Porto were knocked out of the Champions League. They were beaten 5-0 on aggregate by Liverpool. Proto have only managed the one win in their last five ties. They are back at this stage for the third season on the bounce now but have failed to get to the quarterfinals since the 2014/15 season. So it’s not been great from them at this stage of the competition, but they have a W5 L4 record in two-legged ties against Italian sides in Europe.
Porto knocked out Roma in the 1981/82 European Cup Winners’ Cup. The next time they met them they picked up a 4-1 aggregate win over the Italians in the 2016/17 Champions League playoffs. Currently, Porto are on a five-match unbeaten streak of form in the Champions League away from home (W2 D3). They have actually won only three of their last nine games on the road in Europe (D4 L2). They did produce some fantastic form in the group stage, winning their last five games in a row to finish top of their pile. With their sixteen points collected in their group stage games, Porto earned more points than any other team.
There is a bit of a temptation to have a look at Porto coming up with something in this one. They did really well in the group stage and may not be particularly phased by this trip to Rome. The +0.50 Asian Handicap on the visitors appeals which sees a payout as a win if they draw.
11th February 2019 / lee - Category: UEFA Champions League Betting