FC Porto vs AS Roma
Champions League, Europe
Date: Wednesday, 6th February 2019
Kick off at: 20.00 GMT
Venue: Estadio do Dragao
Taking a 2-1 lead in the first leg, AS Roma are eyeing to secure their passage into the next round this midweek. However,it won’t be an easy task as Porto are ready to turn things around in front of their home fans at Estadio do Dragao.
FC Porto vs AS Roma Possible Lineups
Here are the possible lineups for both teams as they prepare themselves for an intriguing Champions League second leg battle. Let’s take a deeper look at the potential lineups and formation that they could be setting up to help them achieving their target.
Expected Formation: 4-4-2
Probable Lineups: Casillas(g)Militao, Pepe, Felipe, Telles(def);Corona, Oliver, Herrera, Brahimi(mid);Marega, Tiquinho(att).
Expected Formation: 4-3-3
Probable Lineups: Olsen(g)Florenzi, Manolas, Fazio, Kolarov(def)N’Zonzi, De Rossi, Pellegrini(mid);Zaniolo, Dzeko, Perotti(att).
Before going into this midweek UCL second leg clash, both teams have already been playing in several matches. Let’s check out the kind of results that they have been getting recently to have an idea about their current form.
Recent form in all competition (last five matches): DLWWL
After their first leg loss against Roma, Dragoes were able to bounce back quick well with two wins .However, that winning run didn’t end too long as this past weekend Porto was beaten by Benfica.
That loss over their rival might be affecting Sergio Conceicao’s men but they must change their focus on Wednesday. Training just by a slender margin, Porto will be battling hard to turn things around.
Recent form in all competition (last five matches) :WWWWL
Roma have actually been putting on an excellent run of results before seeing end this past weekend against Lazio. I Giallorossi was certainly disappointed suffering a massive loss against their city rival.
Nevertheless, Eusebio Di Francesco’s side, must get their spirit back and just think about their next game. Progressing into the next stage will be Roma’s main target this midweek as that result can easily motivates the home side.
Ahead of this midweek, Conceicao won’t be troubled with too many absences on Wednesday. Nevertheless, Dragoes are still without their star forward, Vincent Aboubakar, who has not recovered from his injury.
Fortunately for Porto, Moussa Marega has returned into action again and set to start on Wednesday. The Portuguese outfit will also rely on Iker Cassilas on goal just like what they did in the first meeting.
Roma also doesn’t have too much injury issues as Cengiz Under will be the only notable absence this midweek. Meanwhile, Kostas Manolas, reportedly is ready to start again after being left out against Lazio.
Edin Dzeko continue to become Giallorossi’s main men up front including next Wednesday. Nicolo Zaniolo who netted both goals in the first leg, should also play straight from kick off.
Head to Head Records:
The recent meetings between both teams become pretty tight after the first leg result as now they share one win each, and a draw.
Interestingly, the previous match up on Porto back in 2016 actually ended in a 1-1 draw.
The two sides are going to be very determined in getting a victory after first leg result. Porto as the home side will be very eager in turning things around as they believe that they are more than capable of doing so.
However, eliminating Porto won’t be an easy task for Roma, just like what the Portuguese side showed in Italy. This battle will be another intense encounter which can be decided by small mistakes.
Final Score: 2-1