Porto v Roma Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 06/03/19

Porto v Roma Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

Rajan Hothi (@RajanHothi_) previews Porto v Roma and provides us with his best bets for Wednesday's Champions League clash by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.

  • 2019 Profit & Loss: -10.45pts

Porto v Roma Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

  • Date: 06/03/19
  • Time: 20:00
  • Venue: Estadio do Dragao
  • Channel: BT Sport 3

Following defeat to fierce rivals Benfica in the league, Porto will be eager to return to winning ways by overcoming the 2-1 deficit suffered in the first leg in Rome.

Two goals from Nicolo Zaniolo put Roma 2-0 ahead but a goal from Adrian gave Porto a crucial away goal heading into the second leg.

Defeat to Benfica sees Porto drop into second place in the Primeira Liga but they will be chomping at the bit to get revenge against Roma in front of their own fans and the away goal could prove to be vital for the hosts.

Roma are also coming into this clash fresh from a derby day loss as Lazio ran out 3-0 winners against their rivals.

The defeat leaves Roma fifth and it was their first defeat in five games. Away from home, Roma have shown their defensive frailties with Lazio, relegation-threatened Frosinone and Fiorentina all exploiting this and the latter did this most notably as they hit Roma for seven in late January.

If the Italians are to emerge victorious from this, tie they will need to make sure they keep it simple at the back otherwise they will pay the price.

Team News

The hosts have been given a boost as Jesus Manuel Corona is able to feature after he missed the return leg due to suspension. Moussa Marega has also recovered in time after he suffered an injury in Rome.

The only injury worry for Eusebio Di Francesco is that Kostas Manolas may not be fit to start. Aleksandar Kolarov was sent off against Lazio but that ban doesn't apply to European games.

Potential Porto Starting XI: Casillas. Telles. Pepe, Felipe, Militao, Brahimi, Herrera, Pereira, Corona, Soares, Marega

Potential Roma Starting XI: Olsen, Florenzi, Manolas, Fazio, Kolarov, Cristante, Rossi, Pellegrini, Zaniolo, Dzeko, Shaarawy

Head To Head

  • Porto 2, Draws 2, Roma 1
  • The Italian sides only win against Porto came in the return leg.

Key Stats & Facts

  • Porto have scored in every home game this season.
  • Roma have only won four of their last 13 away matches highlighting how poor they are on their travels.
  • Porto's loss to Benfica ended an 18-match unbeaten run in the league for the hosts.

Betting Odds

  • FC Porto 9/8
  • Draw 11/4
  • Roma 11/4

The Verdict

Despite it being advantage Roma, the hosts will take confidence from Roma's poor away form which has seen them struggle to pick up points on their travels.

Porto don't often fire blanks at home and they'll be looking to showcase their goalscoring prowess as they try to overturn the one-goal deficit.

Five of Moussa Marega's 16 goals this season have come in the Champions League and after injuring himself in the first-leg he will be eager to notch in the second-leg to help his side advance to the quarter-finals.

Recommended Bets

  • 1pt – Moussa Marega anytime goalscorer – 17/10 (Betfair)
  • 2pts – Porto to win and both teams to score – 11/4 (Betfred)