Porto vs Liverpool
Liverpool are flying presently, sustaining a domestic title challenge while keeping their hunt for the top European gong alive. A comfortable first leg victory ensure that they go into this clash with a two-goal cushion and the knowledge that any goal scored in the return leg would make a comeback harder for Porto. Liverpool’s front three of Salah, Mane and Firmino who seem to relish having identical statistics in the Champions League are hitting form at the right time. Though, they have not hit the exalted standards of last season, but they remain dangerous enough to keep the Porto defence on their toes all night. Virgil Van Dijk, who is fast establishing a reputation as a defensive kingpin would have to be on his guard to preserve Liverpool’s advantage. Liverpool should be able to see off this, a draw, win or even a loss by a two-goal margin (if they score an away goal) would still see them through.
Porto are no strangers to producing spirited comebacks having seen off Roma in the previous round after a first leg loss. Moussa Marega has been Porto’s principal source of goals in the competition so far with six goals from eight games. He has to have his scoring boots on as Porto attempt to overturn their first leg two-goal deficit. Assisting him in this improbable task is an impressive cast of players like Jesus Corona, Hector Herrera, Alex Telles, and the legendary Iker Casillas.
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Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspur
This battle of Britain is far from over, although Tottenham edged the home leg with a dramatic late winner. Manchester City, under Pep Guardiola (a two-time winner of the competition) would be attempting to stamp their presence in Europe’s premier competition to underline their emergence as one of Europe’s elite sides. To win and progress, Manchester City would have to get at least a two-goal margin victory. Ranged on City’s side in this pulsating clash is Sergio Aguero, who has notched five goals from six games in this season’s Champions League. Complementing him is a stellar cast of attacking talents that include Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling, Bernado Silva, and Kevin De Bruyne.
Tottenham, on their part would be desperate to win the tie and progress further than they have ever done in the competition. A single goal victory from the first leg ensure that they go into this tie with the advantage. However, Tottenham would be ruing the loss to injury of their top hit man, Harry Kane who has contributed five goals in eight games to their campaign this season. In his absence, Son Heung-Min, Christian Eriksen, Lucas Moura, and Dele Ali would be Tottenham’s standard bearers.
Who wins it?
This tie which would be the first of a double header, promises enough fireworks and enough riches fr however nicks it. Both clubs boast a victory each in previous encounters between the two sides this season. City winning by a lone goal in the league and Tottenham repaying the favour in the Champions League.