Roma vs Porto: Predictions, Betting Tips & Odds
The Champions League is back with a tie in which there are no foregone conclusions – both Roma and Porto will feel they can win this one.
Last season when Eusebio di Francesco’s Roma were struggling for form or inspiration, they found solace in a length Champions League run in which they eventually fell to Liverpool in the semi-finals.
The Giaollorossi currently reside in 7th place in Serie A, albeit only three points off a Champions League place.
However Roma’s opponents in the round of 16 will need little solace from their league form. Porto have been in excellent form this season as they currently occupy first place in Liga NOS with 50 points won from an available 60.
In the group stages, Roma finished second and only three points behind Real Madrid whilst the Portuguese side blew their competitors away with five wins and a draw, giving them the highest points total of any team.
As always with the first leg of a Champions League tie, you can expect Roma to proceed with caution as the game begins. You may fancy Porto to hold out against Roma’s rather inconsistent attack, Azuis e brancos have only conceded 11 goals in 20 league games this season.
If one side scores first then you can fancy this game to explode into life despite a second leg in the near future, 2-2.
Over 2.5 goals
There’s been over 2.5 goals in nine of Roma’s last 10 Champions League games whilst Porto have scored at least three goals in their last four matches. Goals are surely guaranteed in this one.
Porto to win or draw double chance
Porto have won their last five Champions League matches and Roma have been shaky this season. A win is certainly not impossible for Sergio Conceicao’s side but backing it up with a draw adds extra security. If you’re feeling lucky, combining these two tips could provide some serious returns and serious regret for bookies.
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Head to Head
Roma and Porto’s only other meeting came back in the qualification for a spot in the 2016/17 Champions League group stages.
Roma left the Estadio Do Dragao with a modest 1-1 draw in the first leg, before capitulating in the second as they lost 3-0 at home due to goals from Felipe, Miguel Layun and Jesus Corona.
Roma’s Lorenzo Pellegrini had three assists in the Champions League group stages, the joint-second most.
Edin Dzeko was third in the scoring charts with five goals.
Only Tottenham and Young Boys averaged more fouls per game than Porto’s 15.7.
Roma averaged the joint-third most shots on target per group stage match with 7.3, only PSG and Barcelona bettered them.