Reds to douse Dragons’ fire

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Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool have the ability to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League by knocking FC Porto out but they may have to settle for a draw in Wednesday’s first leg.

After surprisingly losing 3-1 at home to Besiktas in their opening group match, Porto easily beat RB Leipzig (3-1) and Monaco (5-2) at Estadio do Dragao and they remain unbeaten after 21 matches of their Primeira Liga campaign.

Liverpool secured a routine 2-0 victory at Southampton on Sunday but they continue to suffer shock defeats as they did last month at Swansea City.

A draw can be backed at 51/20 while a Porto victory with both teams to score is available at 15/4.

Real Madrid are enduring, by their standards, a terrible domestic season and have already been beaten by Real Betis, Girona, Barcelona and Villarreal.

However, they have scored 18 goals in their last four La Liga games and are the Champions League holders.

Zinedine Zidane’s future seems certain to be determined by how Real fare against Paris Saint Germain, who are 12 points clear at the top of the Ligue 1 table after 25 fixtures.

Wednesday’s match could be a high-scoring affair with odds of 5/2 on there being over 4.5 goals appearing to be good value, while former Barcelona star Neymar is 4/1 to score the first goal in the match.

Tottenham can frustrate Juventus in Turin on Tuesday with a draw available at (9/4).
The Old Lady have won their last eight Serie A matches and can be backed at 13/10 to keep a clean sheet against Mauricio Pochettino’s team, who beat Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund before Christmas.

Manchester City should be too strong for a Basel side that recently lost 1-0 at home to Lugano.

Pep Guardiola’s all-conquering outfit thrashed Leicester City 5-1 on Saturday and are 17/2 to win 3-0 in Switzerland with Kevin De Bruyne 7/1 to score the first goal.