With this tie finely poised, both Roma and Porto will head into battle tonight confident of securing their passage through to the Champions League quarter finals. Here, Charlie Mullan takes a look at both teams for SportPesa.
Porto (1/1) v Roma (27/10)
Last season’s semi-finalists Roma take on Porto in the Estadio do Dragao tonight with the Serie A side protecting a slender one-goal lead from the first leg. Two goals from Nicolo Zaniolo put Roma in a strong position, but Adrian’s strike 11 minutes from time has given Porto a valuable away goal.
Since that loss, Porto won three in a row in domestic competitions before their title hopes were dealt a blow at the weekend when they were beaten 2-1 at home by their great rivals, Benfica, who replaced them at the top of the table. Roma’s preparations for their trip to Portugal suffered a setback when they lost the Rome derby 3-0 to Lazio as manager Eusebio Di Francesco made five changes for that game perhaps with this second leg in mind.
SportPesa are offering odds of 7/5 for Porto to qualify for the quarter-finals while Roma are 4/7 to make it through to the last eight for the second year running. Porto last made the quarter-finals four seasons ago when they lost 7-4 to Bayern Munich on aggregate.
Both teams to score
Roma have been involved in 16 league games where both teams have scored which is the second most in Serie A.
Seven of Roma’s last nine games in all competitions have seen the Italians and their opponents find the net including the first leg of this last-16 tie.
Porto are no strangers to games where both sides have managed to find the net.
In their six Group D matches, both teams to score happened five times.
SportPesa is offering odds of 20/33 for both Porto and Roma to score in the second leg.
Over 2.5 goals to be scored
Goals have been a regular occurrence in games involving Roma with three or more goals scored in nine of their last 10 fixtures including their derby loss to Lazio.
Four of Porto’s last five games have seen a total of three or more goals scored including their home loss to Benfica on Saturday.
In this season’s Champions League, Porto’s last five games have seen three or more goals scored while six of Roma’s last seven ties have produced at least three goals.
Three goals were scored in the first leg and over 2.5 goals in the second leg is available at 5/7.
Porto to be ahead at half-time
Porto have yet to be behind at half-time in the league or Champions League this season.
Of their 24 league games, Sergio Conceicao’s side have led in 13 and been level in the other 11 while in Europe’s elite competition, Porto have been ahead in three matches and level four times including the first leg of this tie which was goalless at the interval.
Roma trailed 1-0 at the half-time in Saturday’s derby and were unable to stop Lazio adding two more goals after the break.
Porto are 31/20 with SportPesa to be in front at the interval.