Roma vs Porto Prediction, Betting Tips and Preview
This Tuesday, AS Roma will host Porto at the Stadio Olimpico in the first leg of the knock-out phase. This will be their first meeting since 2016. The two sides are bound to give it their best and try to triumph in Europe’s elite competition.
AS Roma finished second in Group G with three wins and three losses. After a great start to their group campaign, they ended it with two consecutive losses. The mini-break should be something that has worked in their favor in order to get their act together if they have any interest in progressing further into the competition. The Italians have had great results at home in recent games. Out of the previous six clashes in front of their fans, they have a record of two draws and four wins. Roma had lost five successive matches in the round of 16 before the second-leg win against Shakhtar in the previous season. The man to look after would be Edin Dzeko as he has scored in Roma's last five knockout matches in last season's competition.
Porto are coming into the knock-out phase after having finished first in Group D with a great record of five wins and a single draw. It is also worth noting that from those five matches they have a positive goal difference of +11, which best pictures how good they have been in the Champions League this year. They have also been amazing in away matches and they are currently on a fourteen-game unbeaten streak in all competitions with eleven wins and three draws. Despite their great form, it will come down to their mentality and the real question is if they have recovered from a heavy 5-0 defeat on aggregate against Liverpool in the season of 2017/18.
The two teams have faced each other on only two occasions, both occurring in 2016. The first one ended as a 1-1 draw in Porto and in the second, Porto managed to get a 0-3 win.
Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco: "We need to be strong defensively against Porto. It's vital that we don't concede, although we can't allow that desire to compromise our identity and the way we want to play."
Porto coach Sérgio Conceição: "Experience is important but, by itself, it is worthless. It takes courage, determination, progress and legs. We prepare the team daily to be ready, not only in the Champions League but in domestic competitions."
Roma don't have many missing players for this important game. Diego Perotti and Cengiz Ünder are injured and they can't help their team. Kostas Manolas, Robin Olsen and Patrik Schick are not fully fit and they are doubtful for the match. All other players are fully fit and ready to play.
On the other side Porto also don't have many missing players for this game. Jesús Corona is suspended, while Moussa Marega is injured and both will not play on Tuesday night. All other players are available to play and they are highly motivated to play aggressive from the first minute.
Possible starting lineups
Roma: Mirante; Florenzi, Manolas, Fazio, Kolarov; Pellegrini, De Rossi, Cristante; Zaniolo, Džeko, El Shaarawy
Porto: Casillas; Éder Militão, Filipe, Pepe, Alex Telles; Danilo, Herrera, Óliver Torres; Otávio, Soares, Brahimi
Roma vs Porto Prediction
What a great football game to increase our betting payouts on Tuesday night with Champions League. A brilliant game awaits us in Italy and it will be a true football fight for a positive score in the first leg. Both teams will play aggressive football from the first minute, and we expect lots of midfield duels and fouls. Roma will try to control the ball in the midfield, while on the other side Porto will play aggressive in attack. Roma play solid football this season and have only lost one of their last eight matches. All players are in full of confidence and will try to finish this game without conceding. On the other side Porto have scored at least 3 goals in their last 4 matches in the Champions League. Their main objective for the first leg will be to score a goal in Italy. They are in brilliant run and have won their last 5 matches in the Champions League.
However, our prediction and betting tips for the match Roma vs Porto Prediction: Roma to win. We expect from Roma to score a goal more and to win first leg game. Our second betting pick for the match is Both teams to score. We expect from Zaniolo and Dzeko to score for the hosts and from Brahimi to score for Porto, so our risky bet goes on correct score 2-1. Have a nice betting day and good luck in earning money with our football prediction and betting tips.