Both Porto and Roma come into this reverse fixture of the last 16 round of Champions League tie off the back of unpleasant defeats to fierce rivals in domestic affairs.
Portuguese champions lost the throne in Primeira Liga falling 1-2 at home to Benfica on Saturday evening. Roma suffered a much tougher 3-0 loss to fierce rivals Lazio in Derby dell Capitale.
The loss at Stadio Olimpico seriously halted Giallorossi’s push for the top-four finish and a new Champions League run given they are now three points shy of fourth-placed Inter.
Roma have a 2-1 cushion from the first leg, but Adrian’s late second-half goal at Stadio Olimpico might prove decisive for Porto in this match-up. Roma have a poor record on travels in knockout stages of Champions League.
The Romans lost seven in a row away from home at this phase of the competition. They also generally struggled for strong performances on travels this season as well.
Eusebio Di Francesco’s troops only won three of past ten away games across competitions.
Porto vs Roma: Head-to-head
Teams have a win, a draw and a defeat in last three head to head affairs.
Porto advanced to the group stage of the Champions League when these two likes met each other in the play-offs two seasons ago.
The first leg at Estadio Do Dragao ended in a 1-1 draw, while Porto demolished Roma 0-3 in the reverse fixture in Italian capital.
Porto vs Roma: Prediction
The hosts can qualify to the quarter-final with a minimal 1-0 victory here, but it’s hard to see such scenario coming if we know they conceded at least a goal in six of past seven home matches in the Champions League.
Furthermore, Roma scored at least two goals in four of last five matches in all competitions. One goal would entirely open up the game here. Both teams have a strong firepower on display in the final third.
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The visitors have the like of Edin Dzeko in their ranks, while Porto will welcome their top scorer in this competition Moussa Marega back to the starting line-up as the Cameroonian striker skipped the first game through injury.