Roma hold the upper hand in their Champions League last-16 clash with Porto but have to travel to Estadio do Dragao for the second leg on Wednesday.
A couple of goals from Nicolo Zaniolo in the final 20 minutes of the opening encounter at the Stadio Olimpico seemed to have given the Italians a strong advantage, but Adrian Lopez’s reply gave the Portuguese a valuable away goal and leaves the tie open at 2-1.
|Game||Porto vs Roma|
|Date||Wednesday, March 6|
|Time||8:00pm GMT / 3pm ET|
|Stream ( US only)||fubo TV (7-day free trial)|
TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch
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|US TV channel||Online stream|
|Galavision||fubo TV (7-day free trial)|
In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched on BT Sport 3. It can be streamed on BT Sport Live.
|UK TV channel||Online stream|
|BT Sport 3||BT Sport Live|
Squads & Team News
|Goalkeepers||Casillas, Vana, Meireles|
|Defenders||Militao, Monteiro, Pele, Telles, Maxi Pereira, Leite, Moraes|
|Midfielders||Bruno Costa, Danilo Pereira, Torres, Herrera, Rotunno, Brahimi, Corona|
|Forwards||Pereira, Fortes, Lopez, Andrade, Tiquinho|
Possible Porto starting XI: Casillas, Militao, Felipe, Pepe, Telles, Otavio, Danilo, Herrera, Corona, Marega, Soares
|Goalkeepers||Olsen, Mirante, Fuzato|
|Defenders||Manolas, Fazio, Kolarov, Santon, Juan, Marcano|
|Midfielders||Florenzi, Cristante, De Rossi, Pellegrini, Zaniolo, Coric, N'Zonzi|
|Forwards||Dzeko, El Shaarawy, Kluivert|
Roma are without Cengiz Under and Javier Pastore, whose calf issues have flared up once more.
Possible Roma starting XI: Olsen; Kasrdrop, Manolas, Jesus, Marcano, Kolarov; N’Zonzi, De Rossi; Zaniolo, Perotti; Dzeko
Betting & Match Odds
Porto are 10/11 favourites to win the second leg at Bet365 . Roma can be backed at 16/5, while a draw is 14/5.
It will be advantage Roma when they kick off their Champions League last-16 encounter against Porto in Portugal. The Italians hold a slim 2-1 advantage following the first leg, but like their hosts come into the game off the back of a damaging weekend result.
While Porto lost the lead in their domestic top flight thanks to a 2-1 reverse against Benfica, the Romans lost face in their derby against Lazio as they were humiliated 3-0, losing valuable ground on the top four in the process.
Both clubs will be keen to put their domestic troubles behind them but neither coach appears poised to carry a gung-ho attitude into this encounter.
“We must try to win but without haste,” Porto boss Sergio Conceicao told the media. “We must be ready to face a Roma side who will defend their lead strongly, that’s clear. During the match, it may be that we’ll switch to a different strategy.
“We’re prepared for a difficult game. We know that regardless of the way Italian teams think, Roma concede lots of goals.”
Roma counterpart Eusebio Di Francesco also suggested this could prove a tight and tactical match.
“Conceicao is right to say it’s a long game,” he said. “here is only one goal difference and his team should be patient. As far as we are concerned, we need to protect the one-goal advantage and go on the counter, which is fundamental. Defending stoutly will be the key and everyone else will follow.”
Di Francesco finds himself under pressure but wants the focus taken off his own situation and onto that of the players.
“I am not playing tomorrow, it’s not my game and it is in everyone’s interests that Roma win,” he explained.
After reaching the semi-finals last season, Roma are hungry for more.