Dates confirmed for Liverpool vs. Porto Champions League quarter-final tie

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The UEFA Champions League quarter-final draw has now concluded, and it produced some massive clashes, while Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi could potentially meet in the final. The semi-finals will be played across April 30, May 1 and May 7-8.

Liverpool's challenge for a Champions League-Premier League double sees them come up against FC Porto, with the first leg to be played at Anfield.

That's according to the folks at FiveThirtyEight, which has broken down the likelihood of progression for the final eight teams in UEFA's top-tier club competition.

Man United was drawn Friday to face the five-time champions, who beat the storied English club in the 2009 and 2011 finals.

You only have to look at the table to see why I've gone for a handicap bet for West Ham at home; Huddersfield have been awful in their second campaign in top-flight football and have the second worst away form in the league (W1-D3-10).

Last year's beaten finalists Liverpool will play Porto and Ajax will face Juventus in the other ties.

Well, Pep Guardiola's men have received an SPI rating of 94.7 and have an 80 per cent chance of making it to the semi-finals, along with a 58 per cent chance of reaching the final and 34 per cent chance of winning the competition.

The ties between Liverpool and Porto and Tottenham and Manchester City will be held on April 9 and 17, with the other quarter-finals staged on April 10 and 16.

For Solskjaer, the second leg will bring back memories of the 1999 final, when the Norwegian came off the bench to score a stoppage-time victor for United against Bayern Munich at Barcelona's Camp Nou stadium.

Many had high hopes for the Cottagers on their return to the Premier League, but while they've been decent going forward, their porous defence has cost them time-and-time again. That last-16 tie was settled with a 5-0 away win in the first leg that paved the way for a comfortable victory over the Portuguese side. "I could not be further away from thinking it's the best draw because it isn't". Ajax won in 1973, the third of their four European titles, and Juventus won their second title in 1996.

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