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Champions League Porto v AS Roma

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019


Estádio do Gragão

Punter's Pick

Bet365 currently have Porto priced at 21/20 to beat Roma at home, and despite Saturday’s defeat, they have been strong when playing in front of their home fans. In such a tight first ganem it may be worth backing under 2.5 goals for the first 20 minutes or so with a view to cashing out with a price of 11/10 also being offered by Bet365.

Porto welcome Roma to the Estádio do Dragão for a fascinating second leg in which the Portuguese champions will have to overcome a 2-1 deficit from the first leg to proceed to the quarter-finals.

Porto come in to this game in decent form domestically, as they won three on the bounce in league and cup after their defeat away at Roma. However, a 2-1 defeat at home to Benfica has stalled their progress and allowed their rivals to leapfrog them at the top of the league. The current champions however will look to the fact that they are just two points off the top and will be hoping that home advantage will help them secure their passage through to the next round.

Roma have by their own standards had a poor season. They currently sit outside of the Champions League places and are a whopping 28 points off leaders Juventus. Catching either of the MIlan clubs will not be easy, especially after they were beaten by bitter city rivals Lazio. The Biancocelesti secured a 3-0 victory ending Roma’s run of four straight victories in all competitions. Their misery was further compounded by the red card to Aleksandar Kolarov.

This fixture therefore takes on added significance for both teams and given their good form being coupled with some ordinary displays, it is difficult to see which way this one will go. Roma’s victory at home gives them the slender advantage, but Adrian’s 79th minute goal will give the Portuguese hope having grabbed that all important away goal. Porto did go 23 games without defeat travelling to Rome and with some key players back, will fancy themselves to overturn this deficit at home.

Porto will be boosted by seeing Moussa Marega return to action ahead of schedule. Although he couldn’t stop Saturday’s defeat to Benfica, the Cameroon international played all 90 minutes & has impressively scored five times in the Champions League group stages this season. Porto don’t have any other injury concerns apart from remaining without Vincent Aboubakar, who is a long-term absentee.

For Roma, Turkish winger Cengiz Under is the only major doubt having missed Saturday’s loss at Lazio. Greek international Kostas Manolas should also return having recovered from an ankle injury.

In the first game, both teams managed to keep each other at bay before an explosive ten minutes saw the teams score three goals amongst them. Impressive teenager Nicolo Zaniolo bagged a brace in six minutes before Adrian pulled one back, with all this happening between the 70th and 80th minutes. Porto had the vast majority of possession despite being the away team and will feel confident that they could make a similar level of possession count more when they play at home.

Punter's Pick

Bet365 currently have Porto priced at 21/20 to beat Roma at home, and despite Saturday’s defeat, they have been strong when playing in front of their home fans. In such a tight first ganem it may be worth backing under 2.5 goals for the first 20 minutes or so with a view to cashing out with a price of 11/10 also being offered by Bet365.

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