FC Porto vs Liverpool Preview 28/09/2021
The second round of group matches in the 2021/22 Champions League begin on Tuesday the 20th of September including a meeting between Porto and Liverpool.
This is a match in Group B and will take place at the Estádio Do Dragão with the hosts beginning the game on 1 point and the visitors on 3 points.
Porto come into the match having recorded a 2-1 victory at Gil Vicente on the weekend in the Primeira Liga. Porto took the lead after only 9 minutes but conceded the equalising goal 15 minutes later.
It appeared as though the match was going to end level but Porto struck in the 89th minute to take maximum points. That result leaves them 4 points behind Benfica, who are top of the table.
Porto have played 8 competitive matches this season and they are undefeated. They started their Champions League campaign away from home against Spanish champions Atletico Madrid and came away with a point.
The 0-0 draw was a good result for Porto and they will be hoping to build on that with a victory in this game.
Porto have played 3 home matches this season, all in the Primeira Liga and have recorded 3 convincing wins, without conceding a goal.
They have also proven difficult to beat at home in the Champions League and are undefeated in their last 4, including a win over Juventus and draw with Manchester City.
Liverpool make the trip to Portugal on the back of an entertaining 3-3 draw at Brentford in the Premier League.
Liverpool conceded the first goal but came back strongly and led twice in the match. However, with only 8 minutes of the match remaining Brentford scored an equaliser and deserved to come away with a point.
That result means Liverpool remain undefeated in all competitions this season and they started their Champions League campaign with a 3-2 win over AC Milan at Anfield.
Liverpool took the lead after only 9 minutes but AC Milan struck twice just before half-time to lead at the break.
Liverpool came out strongly in the second half and scored an early equaliser before netting the winning goal in the 69th minute.
Trends show Liverpool are undefeated in in 6 of their 7 most recent matches in the Champions League. They are also undefeated in their last 6 games against Porto in this competition.
Team news and Porto will be without suspended defender Chancel Mbemba following his red card against Atletico Madrid.
The hosts also have doubts over the fitness of Pepe, meaning Ivan Mercano may partner Fabio Cardoso in central defence.
Liverpool are without the injured trio of Thiago, Harvey Elliot, and Naby Keita. Roberto Firmino, Joe Gomez, Kostas Tsimikas, and Ibrahima Konate could all come into the team having been on the bench on the weekend.
This could be an exciting game and we expect to see both teams find the back of the net. Liverpool have a good record against Porto and with a double header approaching against Atletico Madrid, will be keen to take maximum points.