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Roma vs Porto: Team News, predictions & likely lineups

Champions League By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 11/02/2019

Roma welcome FC Porto in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 fixture on Tuesday night at the Stadio Olimpico.

Both sides will fancy their chances of progressing to the quarter-finals in an evenly poised tie that could provide a great display of football.

Porto impressed in the group stages, finishing with 16 points and Roma finished second behind last season's Champions League winners Real Madrid.

Team News

Roma boss Eusebio Di Francesco has quite a few injury problems with Konstantinos Manolas will miss the game which will be a major problem for the Italian club, while Diego Perotti, Patrik Schick, Robin Olsen and youngster Cengiz Under are all out with injuries

Porto are also missing some big names for their trip to Rome with Jesus Corona will miss the game due to suspension, lethal strikers Vincent Aboubakar and in-form man Moussa Marega will both miss the game which leaves Francisco Soares the only recognised striker for manager Sergio Conceicao.

Head to Head 

The teams have met four times before in European competition.

Porto beat Roma 2-0 over two legs in the Uefa Cup Winners' Cup back in 1981 and edged out the Italian side in the 2016-17 Champions League playoffs with a 4-1 aggregate victory to qualify for the tournament proper.

Recent Form

The Giallorossi aren't in the best of form with only two victories in their last five games, winning their most recent fixture 3-0 in a convincing result against Chievo with a 7-1 hammering to Fiorentina in the Coppa Italia was a huge blow in the gut for the Rome base team, but with two games undefeated since that result, 

Porto are feeling the pressure in the Portuguese league title race after two consecutive draws away from home has left rivals Benfica only one point them. A loss on penalties in the Taca da Liga didn't help their confidence either.

The Dragoes were in tremendous form in the Champions League group stages, picking up five wins and one draw, which could motivate them to continue this form in the same competition, trying to disregard their league and domestic cup woes.

Predictions:  Roma 1-1 Porto

Roma possible starting lineup: Mirante; Karsdorp, Marcano, Jesus, Kolarov; Zaniolo, Nzonzi, Cristante; El Shaarawy, Dzeko, Kluivert.

Porto possible starting lineup: Casillas; Militao, Felipe, Pepe, Telles; Pereira, Torres, Herrera; Otavio, Soares, Brahimi.
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