Roma’s hopes of securing a Champions League last-16 first-leg lead at the Stadio Olimpico will be given a stern test by an in-form FC Porto side who arrive with a 26-game unbeaten run in all competitions.
The Serie A side have been showing inconsistent form of late domestically, but their home form in Europe has always been strong.
Indeed, before losing to Real Madrid on home soil in their last Champions League Group G clash in December, Eusebio Di Francesco’s side had won seven successive home games in the competition and that is reflected by odds of 11/10 for them to come out on top this week.
Roma have also scored in 14 of their last 17 Champions League outings but have conceded in 11 of them, which will no doubt give hope to the opposition to bag at least one away goal.
Cengiz Under and Diego Perotti are set to miss out for last season’s semi-finalists, but Robin Olsen and Kostas Manolas could feature after missing Friday’s league win against Chievo.
Porto arrive in the knockout stage following an impressive group stage campaign in which they recorded five wins and a draw from six matches.
They won 3-0 on their last visit to the Stadio Olimpico in 2016 and, while that looks a tall order, a draw at 5/2 is certainly not out of the question given that the Portuguese outfit seem to have forgotten how to lose.
Coach Sergio Conceicao will be hurt by the loss of his top scorer in all competitions this season as striker Moussa Marega is ruled out due to a muscle problem, but they still have goals throughout the squad.
Only four teams in Italy’s Serie A have conceded more goals at home than Roma, while Porto only kept one clean sheet in their last six Champions League away days.
This game is certain to have goals with 7/9 for both teams to score looking a good bet and over 2.5 goals in the encounter worth considering at 22/23.