Roma v FC Porto Betting Tips & Predictions
The first temptation for punters will be to blindly back Roma considering that the Italian side enjoyed a fantastic run in the Champions League last season which included an outstanding win over Barcelona.
The Serie A outfit have once again qualified for the last sixteen of the competition, with Eusebio Di Francesco’s side needing just nine points to finish second in the group and quite some way behind Real Madrid.
Indeed, Roma lost as many games (3) as they won during the group stage, with the Italian side suffering a 2-1 defeat against Viktoria Plzen in addition to home and away reverses against Real.
At the time of writing, Roma sit sixth in the table and boast fairly strong home form of 5-3-1, with twenty-four goals plundered in front of their own fans although they have also conceded fourteen.
Therefore, we should expect an attacking approach from the team in this clash, with Edin Dzeko hoping to get back on the goal trail after a barren match which currently dates back to 23 October.
Kluivert is a well-known name in European football, with teenager Justin the son of the legendary Patrick, while Steven Nzonzi remains a combative midfielder who leads his team by example.
However, we feel as though Porto can get something from this clash, with the Portuguese side having been very impressive when winning the Champions League group and they’ll be happy enough with this draw.
The Portuguese league leaders are racing ahead domestically and they have won thirteen of their fifteen matches, while Group D was a walk in the park for Sérgio Conceição’s side who won five and drew one of their six encounters.
Porto will feel very confident they can get the job done in the second leg and a draw will be the minimum target for the visitors, with the team enjoying a fourteen match winning run at the time of writing which will give them stacks of confidence going into this one.
Draw @ 3.30 with bet365