AS Roma vs FC Porto Preview, Predictions, Lineups, Team News

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Champions League, Europe
Date: Tuesday, 12th February 2019
Kick off at: 20.00 GMT
Venue: Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy

Stepping away from their Serie A challenge, AS Roma set to face an intriguing Champions League encounter. The Italian outfit set to face Portuguese representative, FC Porto in their  first leg match up at Stadio Olimpico this midweek.

AS Roma vs FC Porto Possible Lineups

Here are the Possible lineups for the two sides as they are gearing themselves for an exciting Champions League first leg tie on Tuesday.  Let’s take a closer look at what kind of lineups and formation that both teams could be setting up to help them achieving their target.

AS Roma

Expected Formation: 4-3-3

Probable Lineups: Mirante(g);Karsdorp, Fazio, Marcano, Kolarov(def);Cristante, De Rossi, Zaniolo(mid);Florenzi, Dzeko, El Shaarawy(att)

FC Porto

Expected Formation: 4-3-3

Probable Lineups: Casillas(g);Militao, Felipe, Pepe, Telles(def);Herrera,  Pereira, Oliver(mid);Otavio, Tiquinho, Brahimi(att)

Recent Form

Heading into this Tuesday clash, both teams have already been involved in several matches in their domestic competition, whether it’s cup or league fixtures. Let’s check out what kind of results the two sides have been acquiring to get a clear idea about their current form.

AS Roma

Recent form in all competition (last five matches): WDLDW

Consistency seems to be a constant issue for Roma, including at the start of this year as they’ve been experiencing mixed results so far. In their last five matches, I Lupi have won twice, drew two times and suffered one defeat.

After experiencing a heavy defeat in Coppa Italia against Fiorentina, Roma seems to have recover quite well afterwards. Giallorossi were able to hold Milan into a draw before defeating Chievo this past weekend.

FC Porto

Recent form in all competition (last five matches) : DWWDD

Sergio Conceicao’s squad are unbeaten in their last five fixtures, but they picked up more draws instead of victories. Dragoes picked up two wins while drawing the remaining three, including their last two league matches.

Porto didn’t get the best preparation ahead of their midweek Champions League tie after only drawing 1-1 against Moreirense. It was their second straight stalemate after previously drawing 0-0 against Vitoria SC.

Team News

AS Roma

Eusebio Di Francesco looks to be having some injury concerns ahead of their midweek battle against Porto. Cengiz Under won’t be available, while there’s concern over Robin Olsen, Kostas Manolas, Patrick Shick and Diego Perotti.

Veteran midfielder, Daniele De Rossi could get a start in the starting line up after being left out against Chievo. Edin Dzeko and Stephan El Shaarawy remain as Roma’s goal scoring threat up front for next Tuesday.

FC Porto

Conceicao also have some absentees he must deal with as Vincent Aboubakar and Moussa Marega are out injured. Meanwhile, Jesus Corona is suspended for the first leg tie at Stadio Olympico, following recent UEFA decision.

Former Real Madrid goalie, Iker Casillas will be the main man at Porto’s defense with his experience. Up front, Tiquinho and Yacine Brahimi are the two key figures to break down Roma’s defense.

Head to Head Records:

The two teams have only met once in competitive competition as they were battling in Champions League qualifying round back in 2016.

Porto were edging Roma back than in their previous meeting, Dragoes won their home tie before holding Roma at Olimpico.

Match Prediction

The tie should be an intriguing and difficult to predict considering Roma’s inconsistent nature. Despite their success in reaching semifinals last season, I Giallorossi remain unpredictable, especially this season.

Porto will try to take advantage over Di Francesco’s uncertain defensive display at times using their dangerous wide players. The Portuguese outfit are not going to Rome just to have some fun as they are keen on repearting their success in 2016.

Final Score: 1-1 

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