We expect a very open game when Liverpool face Porto away on Wednesday night.
Porto v Liverpool – Wednesday 19:45, BT Sport 2
Liverpool will be content at having drawn a Porto side that could only finish as runners-up to Besiktas in what was one of the weakest groups of this season’s Champions League. However, there’s no room for any complacency against Sergio Conceicao’s side, who have won 13 of their last 15 at Estadio Do Dragão, including each of their last eight during which time they’ve netted an average of three goals per game. Five of these eight saw at least four goals, while 10 of Liverpool’s last 11 in all competitions before their trip to Southampton on Sunday have seen at least three strikes, with Over 3.5 Goals in six.
Indeed, seven of Liverpool’s eight European matches this season (including play-offs with Hoffenheim) had at least three goals, with five seeing four or more strikes. Four of Porto’s six group stage games also had at least four goals with both teams scoring in all three at home. Given the Reds four clean sheets from 18 away matches this season have come at lesser lights Maribor, Stoke, Bournemouth and Huddersfield, both teams to score looks a banker.
Mo Salah netted five times in the group stages and is without a doubt the greatest threat to Porto. 11 of the last 14 goals he’s scored (prior to Southampton) have come during the second half, while he’s bagged himself the last goal of the match in three of the last five games in which he’s found the net.