Porto vs Liverpool: Possible starting XI, head-to-head, UCL preview

Porto vs Liverpool: Possible starting XI, head-to-head, UCL preview

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Porto vs Liverpool Champions League decider will be the cynosure of most football fans on Wednesday, April 17, at Estádio do Dragão as both clubs seek a semi-final slot in the reverse fixture of their quarter-final clash.

The Jurgen Klopp tutored-side claimed a 2-0 lead after last week's first leg win at Anfield.

The Reds’ are bookmakers’ favourites to advance, but Porto as former winners will have to produce a decent performance at home tonight to turn this match around.

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Porto’s Moussa Marega must be sharper this time around to bridge Liverpool’s defence line to make amends for his poor show at Anfield last week.

Expect the Kop side to sit back and play on the counter as they did during their clash last season. The side that scores the first goal on the night will be crucial.

Recent form: Porto

Last match: Portimonense 0-3 Porto (Saturday)

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Porto returned to winning ways after last weekend defeat at Anfield which was their third away defeat all season.

Recent form: Liverpool

Last match: Liverpool 2-0 Chelsea (Sunday)

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Liverpool claimed a vital win over Chelsea last weekend, to see the Reds return to the summit of the Premier League log, with defending champions and rivals Man City still have an outstanding match.

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Head-to-head record

Porto have never defeated Liverpool in a Champions League match in seven previous meetings (W4 D3 L0), with the Reds keeping a clean sheet in three successive matches.

Liverpool have also handed Porto their heaviest home defeat in Europe's club competitions after thrashing the Portuguese giants 5-0 in a last 16 clash during last season's Champions League campaign.

Match: Porto vs Liverpool

Date: Wednesday, April 17

Time: 8pm (Nigerian time)

Venue: Estádio do Dragão

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal was not enough as Juventus suffered a 1-2 home defeat against Ajax on Tuesday, April 16, in the reverse fixture of their Champions League quarter-final tie.

The encounter at Allianz Stadium saw Ajax come from behind to beat Juventus on the night and progress to the semifinals on a 3-2 aggregate win.

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