Match: Porto – Roma Preview, Predictions and Betting Tips
Date: Wednesday, 17 August, 2016
Start time: 19:45 UK
Porto hosts AS Roma in the most interesting game of the playoffs of the Champions League. In the first meeting, which is on August 17 from 21:45 at “Estádio do Dragão”, “The Dragons” will certainly look for a good result in front of their own fans.
Porto has a rich history in European club tournaments. They managed to come out of the group stage in each of the last five seasons, reaching the quarterfinals of the campaign in the 2014/15 season. Porto last season but failed in groups, having remained in third place in the final standings in the company of teams of Chelsea, Dynamo Kiev and Maccabi Tel Aviv. “Dragons” lost surprisingly at home in the penultimate round of the Dynamo, which cost them second place.
Almost every transfer window Porto sales any of their big stars, but so far this summer no significant outgoing transfers. They signed with defender Alex Telles from Galatasaray and Laurent Depoitre from Gent.
The team of AS Roma won ten of their last eleven meetings as their only defeat is against Al Аhly 2:3 in a friendly match. “The Yellow and Reds” ended season 2015/16 with five consecutive wins in Serie A and they are in a series of 17 games without a loss. Luciano Spalletti led Roma debut with a draw against Verona, followed by defeat by Juventus, but only two games he needed to take on the winning path. They followed four consecutive victories for the 57-year-old, before the defeat of Real Madrid 1/8-finals in the Champions League. “The Wolves” have played two good games against “Royal Club”, but eventually retreated twice with 0:2 and eliminated in the eighth-finals.
Although part with one of the biggest stars in the summer – Miralem Pjanić, the team of AS Roma keep their core players from last season ransom rights of the majority of them such as Edin Dzeko, Mohammed Salah and Stephan El Shaarawy. The team’s goalkeeper strengthen in defense, after sign with Thomas Vermaelen and Federico Fazio, so expect to walk away with a good result from Porto on Wednesday.
Tip: Roma or Draw @ 4/7 (1.57) with Bet365