CL Preview - Roma vs Porto 13 February 19

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Champions' League Last 16
Roma vs. Porto
Wednesday, February 13th 2019
04:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stadio Olimpico

Last five matches form:  W D L D W
CL Average goals per match: 1.67
CL Average goals against per match: 1.33
CL Top Scorer: Edin Dzeko (5)

Last five matches form: W L W D D
CL Average goals per match: 2.50
CL Average goals against per match: 1.00
CL Top Scorer: Moussa Marega (5)

Roma had a cracking run in the Champions League last season and bid to repeat the feat this time around. Next up its this Last 16 clash with Portuguese side Porto.

This will be just the third meeting between the sides, with the previous two coming in this competition in 2016. Porto had the better of it that season, drawing 1-1 at home and winning this game impressively by a 3-0 score-line.

Robin Olsen, Juan Jesus, Patrik Schick and Diego Perotti are all out injured for the home side. Porto must do without the injured duo Moussa Marega and Vincent Aboubakar in addition to the suspended Jesús Manuel Corona.

Both sides have been a little hit and miss of late, interspersing at times excellent displays with disappointing performances.

In terms of this competition it was certainly Porto who qualified in more impressive style, winning five and drawing one of their six Group games.

One encouraging aspect - at least from a neutral standpoint - is that both of these sides do seem to have plenty of goals in them, which should make for an entertaining encounter. Roma have scored three or more in five of their past six games, whilst Porto have hit three or more in their last four in this competition.

Roma will be keen to take a lead into the second leg and overall we feel they will just about manage it.

Prediction: Roma 3 - 2 Porto


Half time:  0 - 0
Full time: 2 - 1
Shots:  14 - 7
Shots on target: 9 - 2
Corner Kicks: 2 - 1
Possession: 43% - 57%

Just the one booking for each side at the Stadio Olimpico. Stephan El Shaarawy of Roma and Hector Herrera of Porto being the men to have their names taken by referee Danny Makkelie.

No doubt that Roma deserved this one. They may have been behind in possession - Porto are a good side when it comes to ball retention - but they were well clear on the shot count, and may even be a little unfortunate to only be taking a one goal advantage into the second leg. Porto for their part grabbed a crucial away goal and will fancy their chances of turning this one around in front of their own fans.

Roma very nearly struck early. Edin Dzeko bringing a ball over the top down superbly before cutting back in onto his right and smashing an effort off the left hand upright from inside the area. That was as close as either side would come in the first half.

Roma continued to edge it after the break and finally nosed in front in the 70th minute. Dzeko found in the area and laying the ball on to Nicolo Zaniolo in the right of the area around seven yards out. Smart finish from Zaniolo into the bottom left.

Six minutes later Dzeko and Zaniolo were at it again. Dzeko this time advancing on goal and unleashing a low twenty-yard drive that cannoned back off the left upright. Zaniolo the man following in to slot into the empty net.

Porto didn't fold though and clawed their way back into this tie in the 79th minute. A long ball forward being nodded back to Tiquinho outside the area. His effort was shanked badly but turned into a perfect pass for Adrian Lopez in the right of the area to fire home on the volley. 2-1 it finished.

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