Having a perfect record so far in the Champions League campaign, Liverpool already secured their further progress from the top, having two games to spare.
It wasn’t always easy for them, but they always found their way through, keeping their potency at an almost perfect level, and I certainly see them holding the upper hand in the upcoming clash as well.
The Reds miss forward Elliott (4/0), Firmino (8/4), midfielder Jones (5/1), and defender Gomez (2/0), with defender Robertson (8/0), midfielder Keita (7/2), and forwards Jota (11/5) and Origi (2/1) being doubtful for the moment.
Porto is coming to this clash being second in the “group of death”, leaving their closest Atletico with a point in deficit.
Benfica did a good job in their last match on the road against Tondela when they recorded a routine 0:2 victory.
The Eagles opened the match more aggressively, taking the double lead with goals over Pizzi in the 12th and Everton in the 19th minute. Logically, they opted for a less risky approach in the second and kept their advantage till the end without any major difficulties.
Benfica holds 3rd spot in the general rankings, being only four points in deficit compared to their opponents in the upcoming match.
The hosts miss miss right-backs Almeida (4/0), Ferreira (2/0), and defensive midfielder Samaris (6/0). Out should also be offensive midfielder Taarabt (23/0) and forward Nunez (25/6) set as doubtful for now.
The Blues did a good job in the first leg against Porto when they appeared confident enough and recorded a 0:2 victory, playing as a visiting side on a neutral location in Sevilla.
A team from London appeared much sharper at the finishing, even though it can not be said that the “hosts” were just standing aside, and took the lead first in the 32nd over Mount.
Chelsea had a slight ball possession advantage in the continuation and managed to double the lead in the 85th via Chilwell after he took advantage of a mistake that the opponent’s defense made, and created a pretty nice background for the upcoming second leg.
The Blues could miss central-back Christensen (13/0) and forward Abraham (20/6) hoping to recover on time for the match . Participation of midfielder Kante (26/0) is questionable at the moment.
Juventus will have to give more than one hundred percent if they want to compensate for a 2:1 deficit from the first leg against Porto when they clashed in Portugal.
They are currently at 3rd place in Serie A, appearing quite good in the last two matches, as they recorded two consecutive victories. Last Saturday evening, they welcomed Lazio, and looked quite good in the offense, outplaying them with a 3:1 result. The hosts conceded first in the 14th minute, but responded in the best possible manner, leveling up the score in the 39th over Rabiot.
In the continuation, Morata performed quite well, scoring two goals in the 57th and from the penalty in the 60th, leaving his whole squad with a nice background for the second leg of the knockout phase.