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Liverpool vs Porto: Much-changed Reds expected to ease into last eight

Liverpool vs Porto Match Preview and Predictions

Jurgen Klopp can afford to rest some of his key players for Liverpool's Champions League clash with Porto on Tuesday night.

The Reds, fifth favourites to win the Champions League at 10/1, hold a 5-0 lead from the first leg of their round-of-16 tie which means Klopp can keep players fresh for the crucial clash with Manchester United on Saturday lunchtime.

Porto remain unbeaten at the top of the Primeira Liga after Friday's 2-1 win against title rivals Sporting Lisbon and are 11/2 to beat Liverpool.

Match-up history

Sadio Mane scored a hat-trick in the first leg but with the United game on the horizon, the Senegal star may not be in the side to face Porto.

Fellow goalscorers Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah may also be rested, so making an assessment about the outcome is problematic.

However, it is unlikely Porto will be sending over all of their first-choice players so the first of our free football tips is for Liverpool to win and under 3.5 goals at 13/10.

With most of Liverpool's star players expected to be rested, goals should be in shorter supply at Anfield.

Match facts

Next in our Liverpool vs Porto predictions is the Reds to win both halves at 13/5. Porto were torn to shreds in the first leg and are unlikely to have the stomach for a fight when there is only one winner.

Dominic Solanke, Adam Lallana, James Milner and even Danny Ings could all be in the starting line-up on Tuesday and this reduction in the speed with which the Reds attack is likely to result in fewer chances and a later opening goal.

With that in mind, the first goal occurring between 31-40 minutes at 13/2 gets the nod. Despite not being at full strength, those players in the squad will be keen to show what they can do even if it takes time to gel.

Liverpool vs Porto Betting Tips

Liverpool to win and under 3.5 goals @ 13/10

Liverpool to win both halves @ 13/5

First goal between 31-40 minutes @ 13/2

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Warren Barner
@warren_barner in Football