Sky Sports pundit gives his prediction for FC Porto v Liverpool FC

Sky Sports News pundit Charlie Nicholas is tipping FC Porto and Liverpool FC to draw on Wednesday night

Jurgen Klopp
Jurgen Klopp (Photo: New Balance)

Charlie Nicholas is backing Liverpool FC to settle for a 1-1 draw with FC Porto in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final on Wednesday night.

The Reds will make the trip to Portugal looking to avoid any major mishaps following their 2-0 victory over FC Porto in the first leg last week.

Goals from Naby Keita and Roberto Firmino sealed a straightforward win at Anfield as Liverpool FC look to make the Champions League semi-finals in successive seasons.

Klopp’s side have a good record in Portugal after the Reds were 5-0 winners against FC Porto at Estádio do Dragão in the first leg of their round of 16 clash last season.

In fact, Liverpool FC are unbeaten in three visits to FC Porto in the Champions League following stalemates in 2001 and 2003.

Former Arsenal midfielder Nicholas believes Liverpool FC will be held to a 1-1 draw by FC Porto, which would be sufficient to see the Reds progress to the last four.

“In reality, Liverpool could make changes to the team in this one, but they do not want to take advantage, especially if they go a goal down,” Nicholas told Sky Sports.

“Mohamed Salah is back in form and Sadio Mane scored again at the weekend, while Roberto Firmino has been the best of the attacking players recently. He may not take any chances but he may change the midfield.

“It will be awkward but Liverpool will get the job done and be comfortable towards the end in this one.”

Liverpool FC are in top spot in the Premier League table and two points ahead of Manchester City, who have played one game less than the Merseyside outfit.

Klopp’s men were 2-0 winners against Chelsea FC in their last Premier League fixture at Anfield on Sunday evening.

The Reds will face Cardiff City in Wales on Easter Sunday.

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