Adrian Lopez came off the bench in the first leg to score a late away goal which keeps the Portuguese giants in the tie. However,
two goals from youngster Nicolo Zaniolo ensure Roma are still in the driving seat.
Porto is without a win in their last six Champions League knockout matches, and manager Sergio Conceicao says his side must be patient if they are to find a way through to the quarter-final stages.
It is advantage Roma as the Serie A outfit travel to Portugal this evening for the second leg of their competitive Champions League last-16 tie against Porto.
Impressive teenage midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo netted a brace in the first meeting at the Stadio Olimpico to condemn Porto to a rare defeat,
though Sergio Conceicao’s side did manage to grab a potentially important away goal through Adrian Lopez.
It has been a disappointing domestic campaign for Group G runners-up Roma,
who languish fifth in the Italian top-flight and suffered a comprehensive 3-0 loss to Lazio in the Rome derby over the weekend.
Porto, meanwhile, was knocked off the top of the Primeira Liga by Benfica following a 2-1 defeat to their biggest rivals at the Estadio do Dragao on Saturday.
Last season’s semi-finalists Roma had won their last three games in all competitions before a 3-0 defeat in the Lazio derby in Serie A on Sunday.
Porto go into the game off the back of a home defeat to Benfica which seen the Lisbon club leapfrog them at the top of Liga Portuguesa.
Roma also suffered a weekend defeat, losing 3-0 at the hands of city rivals Lazio which means Eusebio di Francesco’s side are currently situated fifth in the Serie A table 28 points behind league leaders Juventus.
Porto vs Roma team news
For Porto, Moussa Marega should have a chance to add to his tally of five Champions League goals this term after returning from a thigh injury earlier than expected with a 90-minute outing against Benfica.
Fellow striker Vincent Aboubakar has been sidelined since undergoing surgery on a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in September.
Roma’s Greek defender Kostas Manolas is said to have recovered from an ankle injury,
though was not risked against Lazio due to a stomach bug as Juan Jesus took his place in defence.
Winger Cengiz Under also missed the derby with a thigh injury.
Moussa Marega, who has five goals in the competition this season, has recovered from a thigh injury quicker than expected and could feature for Porto after playing 90 minutes against Benfica at the weekend.
Fellow striker Vincent Aboubakar remains out after surgery on a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in September.
Adrian Lopez is pushing for a start after coming off the bench to score in the first leg.
Roma should have Kostas Manolas available after his recovery from an ankle injury.
The Greek defender missed the weekend’s Serie A clash with Lazio with a virus but could come in for Juan Jesus if he is fully recovered.
Winger Cengiz Under has not played since January because of a thigh injury and he is unlikely to return here.
Nicolo Zaniolo limped out of the Lazio game but is expected to be fit.
Porto XI: Casillas, Pepe, Telles, Felipe, Herrera, Militao, Pereira, Otavinho, Brahimi, Tiquinho, Marega
Roma XI: Mirante, Florenzi, Manolas, Fazio, Kolarov, Cristante, De Rossi, Pellegrini, Zaniolo, Dzeko, El Shaarawy
Score prediction: Porto 1-1 Roma
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The two sides have met on five previous occasions in Uefa competition, with Porto having claimed two wins to Roma’s one. There have been two draws.
Porto beat Roma 4-1 on aggregate in the Champions League play-off round in 2016-17 and 2-0 in the second round of the 1981-82 Cup Winners’ Cup.