The interesting thing about this round of sixteen clash in the UEFA Champions League is that Porto have never lost against Italian side Roma. In fact, the Portuguese side won impressively on their last visit to the Stadio Olimpico. Read our Roma v Porto betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on February 10th, 2019 at 7:23 p.m.)
Roma finished second in their group in the Champions League this season. They took a W3 L3 record from their fixtures, the Italians finishing three points behind Real Madrid. Against Real Madrid, Roma suffered 3-0 and 2-0 defeats. The other defeat which they suffered in the group stage was on matchday six against Viktoria Plzen which means that the Italians have lost back to back games in the competition.
Roma were semi-finalists last season where they were beaten by Liverpool. Roma has returned a W3 L3 record in their previous round of sixteen ties in the Champions League. Last season at this stage they beat Shakhtar Donetsk, their second leg win in that tie snapping a five-match losing streak they were on round of sixteen matches. From six previous knockout ties against Portuguese sides, Roma are W3 L3. Their overall record against Portuguese teams is W5 D4 L2. Roma have won eight of their last 16 home matches in the UEFA Champions League (including qualifying).
There have been four previous matches between them
Porto hold a W2 D2 record against Roma
Porto won 3-0 on their last visit to the Stadio Olimpico
It was at this stage last season that Porto were knocked out of the Champions League. They were beaten 5-0 on aggregate by Liverpool. Proto have only managed the one win in their last five ties. They are back at this stage for the third season on the bounce now but have failed to get to the quarterfinals since the 2014/15 season. So it’s not been great from them at this stage of the competition, but they have a W5 L4 record in two-legged ties against Italian sides in Europe.
Porto knocked out Roma in the 1981/82 European Cup Winners’ Cup. The next time they met them they picked up a 4-1 aggregate win over the Italians in the 2016/17 Champions League playoffs. Currently, Porto are on a five-match unbeaten streak of form in the Champions League away from home (W2 D3). They have actually won only three of their last nine games on the road in Europe (D4 L2). They did produce some fantastic form in the group stage, winning their last five games in a row to finish top of their pile. With their sixteen points collected in their group stage games, Porto earned more points than any other team.
There is a bit of a temptation to have a look at Porto coming up with something in this one. They did really well in the group stage and may not be particularly phased by this trip to Rome. The +0.50 Asian Handicap on the visitors appeals which sees a payout as a win if they draw.
11th February 2019 / lee - Category: UEFA Champions League Betting
The top spot in Champions League Group G is still up for grabs and Roma and Real Madrid are level on nine points. So whoever can bag themselves maximum points in this one is going to be in the driving seat going into matchday six. Actually Real Madrid win the group with a victory because of their head to head over Roma. Read our Roma v Real Madrid betting tips for more.
Real Madrid 23/20
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on November 26th, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.)
Roma really need to come up with a win in this game to stand their best chance of winning the group. They trail Real Madrid in the head to head after a 3-0 defeat at the Bernabeu, so if they lose, that’s top spot gone. Following their loss against Real Madrid Roma have gone three straight wins in the group, firing off ten goals in that sequence. Over 2.5 goals is at 8/15 odds* (betting odds taken on November 26th, 2018 at 8:16 pm). Roma collected a win in five of their six at the Stadio Olimpico in last season’s UEFA Champions League campaign (D1)
The Italians took five clean sheets in their first five home games of last season’s campaign. The Giallorossi have taken eight wins in their last 15 home games in the Champions League (including qualifying) losing four. They were on a four-match winless streak of home form against Spanish opposition before beating Barcelona last season. Still, their form against Spanish sides isn’t great a W2 D2 L7. Roma have failed to score in three of their last four home games against Real Madrid. Their current form is pretty strong with just two defeats in their last eleven in all competitions (W7 D2 L2). They are without a clean sheet in any of their last five though so both teams to score is at 4/9 odds* (betting odds taken on November 26th, 2018 at 8:16 pm).
This will be the 12th meeting between the two sides
Real Madrid are W7D1 L3 against Roma
Real Madrid have averaged two goals per game against Roma
Real Madrid are on a three-match winning streak against Roma
The Spaniards have a clean sheet in each of their last three against Roma
Real Madrid opened the campaign with a big win over Roma but suffered a shock defeat against CSKA Moscow on matchday two. They did respond though with back to back wins over Plzen to put themselves in a strong position. Santiago Solari took charge for the first time as the permanent manager on the weekend and Real Madrid were pounded 3-0 by Eibar, their first ever La Liga loss against them. Solari had won his four games in temporary charge, scoring fifteen goals in that sequence of games. Real Madrid have finished second in their last two group stage campaigns in the Champions League
In the correct score market the 1-1 draw is the shortest-priced option at 6/1 odds* (betting odds taken on November 26th, 2018 at 8:16 pm). Los Merengues have picked up a win in 12 of their last 20 European away games (D7 L1) and they were actually moving along well on a six-match winning streak against Italian sides before losing against Juventus in last season’s quarter finals. After failing to win eight visits to Italy, Real Madrid have won their last three trips there. Karim Benzema has five goals in his last seven appearances for the club and is at 11/10 in the anytime goalscorer market* (betting odds taken on November 26th, 2018 at 8:16 pm). Their overall record against Italian sides is W36 D11 L26. Real Madrid’s record in Italy is W7 D8 L18
Real Madrid looked backed to their sub-standard selves on the weekend in their loss against Eibar. Roma are a good strong home side and have plenty of scoring power and can get a revenge win in this one. Home win.
26th November 2018 / lee - Category: UEFA Champions League Betting