Roma vs Porto | Prediction, Betting Tips & Odds
According to many football experts, and fans, this is the weakest matchup of the whole stage. But, even if that is true, it doesn’t mean that there isn’t going to be any excitement when Roma and Porto meet. The fact that both teams got the easiest opponent among all the possible ones, presents a huge chance for either side to make a massive success in this season’s Champions League. Because of that, we expect a tough and relentless fight, throughout all 180 minutes.
Roma was second in Group G behind Real Madrid, and in front of Viktoria Plzen and CSKA. The Italians didn’t show some high quality performances throughout the competition, but they haven’t disappointed either. Meanwhile, Porto was more than convincing in Group D, where they finished first way in front of Schalke, Galatasaray and Lokomotiv Moscow. The Dragons haven’t recorded a single loss and dominated in every single event.
Unlike the previous season, Roma is oscillating too much during this campaign. In the latest encounter, they won in Verona against Chievo, 0:3, prior to that, split points with AC Milan at Olimpico, 1:1, and seven days ago suffered a massive humiliation in Coppa Italia versus Fiorentina, 7:1. At the moment, they are fourth in Serie A, but with a fierce competition for that place. The one thing which is consistent in their case is efficiency. Il Lupi likes to play high-scoring affairs, and for example five of the latest six they participated, ended with over 2.5 goals. During that span, four matches saw both sides to score. So, betting on efficiency Roma plays is much better than anything else.
The Dragons spoiled the atmosphere in the club with two straight draws in the domestic championship, which allowed their title opponents to come back into the race for the silverware. Just to mention, both games against Moreirense and Vitoria Guimaraes were on the road. Before that, they lost against Sporting in the finals of Taca da Liga, which is also a painful blow for the whole organization. Porto’s strong defense showed some signs of weakness since the New Year started, and five of seven matches they participated in, ended with both teams scoring. Only one in recent five away from home didn’t see that happening and all three in the Champions League concluded in the same manner. So, we could say that offense covers up the unsure performances of the back line.
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Roma had many players who are either injured or unsure for this clash. Manolas, Olsen, Diego Perotti, and Patrik Shick are all doubtful, but it appears that all of them except for Perotti might appear this Tuesday. On the other side, the biggest blow is Moussa Marega’s absence which definitely made Porto’s attack dull. Maximiliano Pereira and Marius Mouandilmadji are doubtful, but they are likely to miss this one.
The two teams met in 2016 playoffs for the group stage, and Portuguese powerhouse sliced Roma in Italy 0-3, previously playing 1-1 at Dragao. Before that, they had one more meeting in 1981. It was the second round of the Cup Winners’ Cup, and the outcome was the same. Porto eliminated their rivals, with one triumph and a draw, 2:0, 0:0.
Odds and Predictions
Roma is the favorite in this one. The odds on their victory will double your investment, while on the other hand, Porto’s success stands at 3.60. A draw is 3.50.
Roma vs Porto | Top Betting Tip: Roma (2-1)
We are giving a small advantage to the Italians mostly because of the recent results of the guests. Porto is obviously less dangerous without Marega upfront, which is why their results are not quite good over the past two weeks. So, Roma is our choice for the final outcome. We have another suggestion, and it considers efficiency. As you already saw in the upper part of the preview, both sides have problems with defenses, which is why betting on BTTS is the logical thing to do. Also, over 2.5 scores are very realistic. To summarize everything, Roma – Porto 2:1.