Both FC Porto and AS Roma lost prestigious derbies on the weekend. Who is better off the setback before the second knockout round in the Champions League? Here is our tip!
FC Porto vs AS Roma Soccer Betting Prediction
Neither AS Roma nor FC Porto had rated many experts as safe Champions League quarter-finalists before the season, but it is now clear that one of the teams will make it to the last eight. The Portuguese are under pressure after the first knockout round of three weeks ago in Roma – but it’s not just in Italy’s capital that they’ll know they’ll have a staggering 90 minutes before reaching the quarter-finals.
⚽ The last three results: 1: 2 vs. Benfica Lisbon, 3-0 vs. Sporting Braga, 3-0 vs. CD Tondela ⚽
Bitter run: Since the first leg draw in Roma three weeks ago, the FC Porto had shot properly in shape, 8-0 goals in three games. The team seemed prepared for the comeback attempt – but now just followed in the derby the disillusionment.
Porto lost 2-1 to Benfica, an arch-rival and constant rival, leaving the team with not only the season’s third league defeat, but also the loss of the championship lead to their hated opponents. With 57 points Porto occupy two points behind Benfica second place, so the team has to live with the role of the pursuer for the time being.
The situation is similar in the Champions League. There, the Portuguese had won the group victory in a balanced division, ahead of FC Schalke, which avoided Manchester City and instead got the Romans zugelost. Despite the comparatively beatable Konkurrez suffered the team in the first leg in Roma, however, a defeat: 1: 2 it said after 90 fiercely competitive minutes, which could also make the guests victorious. Ultimately, lack of opportunity utilization and insufficient defensive work prevented a better starting position.
After all, thanks to the late strike hit by Adrian Lopez the Portuguese in the second leg is enough to make it 1-0 to progress. However, this requires a general increase in performance – and greater efficiency.
➾ Possible lineup FC Porto
Porto coach Conceicao has a powerful squad available, even if the team last flunked in Bestbestzung. Despite losing to Benfica, most of the top performers are likely to retain their starting place. If anything, Conceicao could rotate tactically to strengthen the offensive, as follows:
Casillas – Eder Militao, Felipe, Pepe, Alex Telles – Otavio, Danilo Pereira, Herrera, Brahimi – Soares, Adrian Lopez
⚽ The last three results: 0: 3 vs. Lazio Roma, 3: 2 vs. Frosione Calcio, 2: 1 Vs. FC Bologne ⚽
The past few weeks in Roma and Porto read similarly: The Roma celebrated after the first knockout round game successful victories, two in number, they also seemed firm and ready to deny the second leg. But then the team entered the Roma derby – and suffered a humiliation.
The AS lost to the hated city rivals, Lazio Roma, where the team was missing any qualities of a CL-knockout finalist defensively caught the team a raven-black day, presented itself rarely at the height of the action and could ultimately thank the opponent, that the result was not too high. In attack, the Giallorossi hardly developed any danger, there was a lack of ideas and impact. So was the end of a bitter 0-3 defeat, the first defeat after five previously unbeaten games.
A bad omen? Possibly. However, it is still the Romans, whose leg is already on quarterfinal turf: The 2-1 win in the first leg brought the team in the pole position, and deserves that. Especially youngster Zaniolo caused in his home Stadio Olimpico with his double pack of happiness and the hope to outdo the strong CL preseason (semi-finals) yet.
Until then, the way is still far. First, it is important to exist in Porto – which should only work if the team shakes the fright of derby embarrassment quickly from the limbs.
➾ Possible line-up AS Roma
Roma coach di Francesco was unlikely to be happy at the weekend, so after the defeat against Lazio one or two heads should roll. The following formation seems conceivable in view of the presumably defensive orientation of the team:
Olsen – Florenzi, Fazio, Juan Jesus, Kolarov – de Rossi, Cristante – Zaniolo, Lo, Pellegrini, Schick – Dzeko
FC Porto vs AS Roma Soccer Predictions
What is certain is that the Portuguese are under pressure to play the game. After the 2-1 defeat Porto needs a win to hope for the quarter-finals – while the Romans will focus fully on defending. In this discipline, the Roma should actually meet the high tactical level of the Italian league, but with 36 goals conceded after 26 matchdays, the capital club certainly can not be described as a Catenaccio team in the classic sense. On the contrary: The last time the team came in the Roma derby against Lazio under the wheels (0: 3), a few weeks earlier against Florence hailed more than a dozen goals conceded (1: 7). And in the Champions League, the team was vulnerable (0-3 vs. Real Madrid).
Bottom line football fans may look forward to an intense encounter again, in which Porto’s strong attack will inflict great pressure. Since the team is quite accurate in front of their home crowd, the number of goals in the first leg should be outbid.
Betting Prediction: Over 2.5 goals