FC Porto +0.5 over Liverpool - $1.70 2/10
OVER 2.5 Goals FC Porto v Liverpool - $2.55 5/10
Few reasons why I like these two bets for the opener of the CL season:
*Porto in CL since 2003 have built a fortress at the Drago. Since the start of Morinho's reign as head coach till now under Ferreira Porto have remained unbeaten at home in CL competition.
*Liverpool may be coming into this game with a very good start to the domestic season but so are Porto who are on the back of a 4 game winning streak with their last loss being on 11 August.
*Under Ferreira Porto have reverted to playing more of a open passing game utilising Quaresma on both flanks. Liverpool have also reverted back to their big guns up forward in Torres and Kuyt after their 0-0 draw at Portsmouth who should be able to have plenty of chances against a suspect defense with the departure of Pepe and having to continue to field their second GK Santo as Helton is still injured and unlikely to start today.
I agree with Porto (+0,5), but I don't agree that much with the under.
FC Porto's supporters always loved Bruno Alves and he has kicked Jorge Andrade out of the starting line-up of Portugal. Joao Paulo is very talented and although he isn't as good as Pepe, he is far from being bad.
Helton is out, but Nuno has tons of Euro Cups experience (played more than a dozen matches with Deportivo) and he is in better shape than Helton right now. Actually he literally saved Porto's win last saturday with three amazing saves. And after what Helton in Stanford Bridge last season, he isn't the same and Nuno is possibly the best keeper we have now.