FC Porto will look for the home comfort as they aim to overturn a 1-2 deficit in the round-of-16 2nd leg Champions League match against AS Roma at Estádio do Dragão, in Porto, Portugal, on Wednesday night (IST).
What competition it is? Champions League
Teams: Porto and AS Roma
Kick Off: Thursday 07 March
Match Timing: 01:30 AM (IST)
Where the game is played? Estádio do Dragão (50,033)
TV Info: Ten Sports Network has the rights to stream UEFA Champions League matches in India.
Pressure to back the “Big words”!
The 1-2 result in the first leg is not the end of the world for a football team especially when the first leg was played on the road. A mere one goal at home, with the team feeding on the energy of the home fans, is not too demanding.
Perhaps these were the assumptions on which Porto boss Sérgio Conceição put his faith upon as he was quoted saying after the loss in the first leg that his team would qualify for the quarterfinals. Almost with an assurance. He was too confident. Period!
Now the time has finally come for Porto to show that they can back up the manager’s words with performance and come good in the 2nd leg. Conceição is no naive. He has been in the job for enough time to see that AS Roma are brittle. And his team has the quality to strike a hammer blow at Estádio do Dragão.
But the pressure is there!
It goes without saying that FC Porto’s first priority in a season is to win the Primeira Liga. And they are in the midst of a grueling title race with the eternal and expected rivals Benfica.
The Dragons could have created some daylight at the top at the weekend but scuppered a golden chance when they went down 1-2 at home in a potential six-pointer against Benfica. Porto slipped to 2nd, while the Glorious “Reds” moved to the top.
The win in the Champions League would mitigate the pain to some degrees.
Last chance saloon for Eusebio?
Eusebio Di Francesco’s story is a bit of difference actually. Unlike Porto boss Sérgio Conceição’s situation, Roma’s boss is under an immediate danger.
According to reports in the media, the 49-year-old is indeed in a grave situation as far as his job is concerned. Even there are suggestions that he could be shown the exit door if Roma fails to move to the quarterfinals.
However, Roma’s current form is good. And it can’t be taken as an indicator for Eusebio’s situation. In fact, Roma have lost just twice in the last 12 games in all competitions, just once in the last 8 Serie A matches.
It’s the start to the season which has taken the wind out of their sails. The Giallorossi sit 5th on the table, 3 points adrift of the Champions League places.
Recent form (Last six matches)
Porto – D L W W W L
AS Roma – D W W W W L
POT vs ROM Dream11 TEAM NEWS: Injuries and Suspensions
Porto vs AS Roma Team News:
Injured – Vincent Aboubakar has been ruled out for the hosts.
Suspended – None.
Questionable – None.
Note: The good news for the hosts is that wing-back Jesus Manuel Corona is available for selection after missing the first leg due to a suspension. Striker Moussa Marega is another player who is set to grace the 2nd leg for Porto.
Key Players – Moussa Marega, Yacine Brahimi
Injured – No Roma player has been ruled out completely as of yet.
Suspended – None.
Questionable – Kostas Manolas is suffering from an ankle problem and will be assessed before the match. Young sensation Nicolò Zaniolo limped out against Lazio at the weekend and is a doubt. Also, Cengiz Under hasn’t played for Roma since January and he is unlikely to be fit for the clash.
Note: Daniele De Rossi is expected to lead the away side.
Key Players – Dzeko, Shaarawy
POT vs ROM Dream11 Playing 11 – (Probable) –
Porto– Casillas (GK), Telles, Pepe, Felipe, Militao; Adrian, Danilo, Herrera, Brahimi; Fernando, Tiquinho
AS Roma– Mirante (GK), Florenzi, Fazio, Jesus, Kolarov; Pellegrini, De Rossi, Cristante; El Shaarawy, Dzeko, Zaniolo
POT vs ROM Dream11 FANTASY TEAM:
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
FC Porto lead the overall head to head record against AS Roma, winning twice in the six games. While Roma’s only victory in this fixture was their 2-1 win at Stadio Olimpico a fortnight ago.
Still, this is a very difficult call as Roma have experience in their ranks. But we are backing Porto to grind out a 1-0 win in front of their fans.
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