Roma v Porto Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Champions League AS Roma v Porto

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019


Stadio Olimpico

Punter's Pick

Under 2.5 goals with Bet365 at 10/11 looks a realistic chance, with both sides missing key attacking personnel and this being a first leg where neither side will be looking to over commit. Veteran Edin Dzeko looks the most likely scorer for Roma, and is 11/10 to score anytime with Betfair.

One of the less glamorous ties of the last sixteen takes place at the Stadio Olimpico, as Italian strugglers Roma play host to high flying Portuguese champions FC Porto.

Contrasting league fortunes

The Romans enter the tie struggling to live up to highs of the 2017-18 campaign, where a thrilling run to the Champions League semi-final was supplemented with a solid and relatively comfortable third place position in Serie A. This season has proved far tougher, as they currently sit in sixth position, one point outside the Champions League spots. The situation could have been even worse, but a recent upturn in results have seen them go six games undefeated in the league and force themselves back into the reckoning for a top four position. Their recent run does however contain a 7-1 mauling in the Coppa Italia at Fiorentina, as they were surprisingly taken apart by the hosts in dramatic fashion.

FC Porto on the other hand are locked in a thrilling three way title race with perennial rivals Benfica and lesser well known Sporting Braga. They current lead the table by a single point from their bitter rivals after successive draws, with Braga sitting one further point back. Their success has been based on a tight defence rather than a free flowing game normally associated with the Dragons. With only twelve goals conceded in the league all season, they boast one of the tightest defences in any of the leagues across Europe.

Team News

Roma boss Eusebio Di Francesco has mounting injury problems that will stretch his squad to the limit. Commanding centre-back Konstantinos Manolas will miss the game which will be a major problem loss for the Romans. Other likely players to miss out through injury include Diego Perotti, Patrik Schick, Robin Olsen and talented youngster Cengiz Under.

Porto have problems of their own and will be also be missing some big guns for this first leg clash. Jesus Corona will miss the game due to suspension, with strikers Vincent Aboubakar and in-form man Moussa Marega also both missing the game with injuries. This leaves Francisco Soares the only recognised striker for manager Sergio Conceicao. The Brazilian striker has netted nine goals in the league so far this season and will provide some cutting edge.

Cagey affair ahead

With both teams missing key personnel, neither will want to leave themselves a mountain to climb in the second leg, so a tight and classically cagey first leg could be on the cards. Both teams are in reasonable form coming into the game, but Roma’s leaky defence will give optimism to the visitors they can nick an away goal. Roma will be wary of leaving themselves too much to do in the second leg and may adopt a cautious approach to try and compensate for a defence that has been all too easily breached in recent weeks.

Punter's Pick

Under 2.5 goals with Bet365 at 10/11 looks a realistic chance, with both sides missing key attacking personnel and this being a first leg where neither side will be looking to over commit. Veteran Edin Dzeko looks the most likely scorer for Roma, and is 11/10 to score anytime with Betfair.

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