FC Porto will face AS Roma at Estádio do Dragão, in Porto, in the Champions League 1/8-Finals second leg. FC Porto against AS Roma is always the match with big interest, especially during this season. Review our thoughts on this match here below.
Porto looks very good this season. They are still fighting for first place in the national league with Benfica and continue to fight in the Champions League. Unfortunately, they lost against Eagles in the last round and now should catch them one more time, as they have 2 points difference. It is very important for them to continue the fight in Europe since there are a lot of young, promising players in the team. It will be a good start for a big move for each of them. Porto plays very confidently at home pitch, they lost only 3 times and played once a draw. Moreover, they won all the matches of CL at Estádio do Dragão. In all competitions this season Porto scored 52 goals in 23 matches, that’s 2.26 on average.
The team is very well composed this season, in defense experienced centers and technical flanks. In the attack, fast and talented players with good dribbling. Now main players T. Soares and M. Marega, as V. Aboubakar are missing due to injury until the end of the season. Other main squad players are fit and ready to help the team achieve their goals this season.
The Dragons this season are very strong at attacking set pieces, creating scoring chances, aerial duels and defending set pieces. They are weak at protecting the lead. Very likely, that Porto will try to play possessional football, control the game in the opposition’s half and attack through the middle.
Roma this season is fighting for Champions League place for next season, however, they still are continuing their path this year. In away matches, they have a lot of problems and in Porto, they will face the team without losses or even draws at home this season. They just lost the Derby della Capitale in Rome against their main rivals. Moreover, they really have a big problem in defense, as they concede already 36 goals in 26 matches and that weakest result among first 10 Serie A teams.
Roma has super players in their team with incredibly great abilities, but this season they all cannot open up to 100%. S. El Shaarawy, Edin Dzeko and surprisingly A. Kolarov are leading goalscorers.
This season Giallorossi are great at attacking set pieces, creating chances using through balls and through individual skills. However, the team is facing troubles at defending against through ball attacks and counter-attacks, stopping opponents from creating chances and protecting the lead.
The last match between them in the first leg of CL 1/8 final finished with Roma winning the match 2:1. FC Porto controlled possession, however, AS Roma had 13 goal attempts and realized 2 great moments. But in total the games was very tough and equal.